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Row row row your boat! Children’s Music Program E-learning

Source: The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Archived 2 Jun 2020 - Posted: 5 Apr 2020
Mrs Joanne McMahon Educator, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music – Children’s Music Program
The Central Coast Conservatorium Children’s Music Program educators are now using Video Conference Lessons (VCL) to teach and create music with babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary school aged students.

The Children’s Music educators moved within two weeks from teaching babies with parents and carers sitting in a circle to singing ‘row row row your boat’ and playing the ukulele to a screen filled with happy faces in live, interactive online classes.

“Undoubtedly a unique challenge” said Mrs McMahon, Children’ Music educator, “yet so pleasing to see children, parents and teachers embrace video conferencing technology so we can continue to deliver our music lessons in these difficult times.”

“We are delighted with the outcomes and the extremely positive feedback we receive daily from the community,” said Nicole Castle, Program Co-ordinator, Children’s Music Program.

The Central Conservatorium of Music has seamlessly transitioned most of its music education programs from face to face learning to VCL and online teaching platforms.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has highlighted the immense musical intellect and education capacity of the staff at the Conservatorium. It demonstrates their determination and passion for delivering excellence in music education to students of all ages on the NSW Central Coast.

“It’s been a monumental achievement” said Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director/CEO. “It’s made us think outside the box to manage the continued delivery of our music education services to the community.”

Mr Brennan went on to say, “through times of global hardship the arts has played a vital role in maintaining the mental health of communities.”

“Perhaps now more than even, the regular synergy between student and teacher engaging in music making and tuition will play a critical role in keeping a level of normality in family life.

Children’s Music Program educators: Melissa Lark, Mandy Yule and Joanne McMahon

Children’s Music Program classes are open to babies, toddlers, pre-school and primary school aged children.

Testimonials by parents who experienced their ‘first’ video conferencing children’s music lesson

”Thank you for a great morning! We were so excited to see Mrs Yule and our friends on the screen.”

– Parent of our Children’s Music Program – Toddler class

 

We absolutely loved our baby music class with Jo. Our family was so happy that the Conservatorium moved classes to online. The class went well and my daughter really enjoyed it.”

– Parent of our Children’s Music Program - Baby class

 

“It was great. Thoroughly enjoyed it.”

– Parent of our Children’s Music Program - Baby class

 

“Great fun, very interactive. The kids had a good time and were very excited.”

– Parent of our Children’s Music Program - Toddler class

 

The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music Children’s Music Program website lists classes and timetable for Term 2.

Classes and timetable for the April School Holiday will be listed on the website shortly.

For more information: visit the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music

To arrange interviews please contact Rosalie Paino, Marketing Communications Coordinator M 0406 458 385, or email rosalie.

 
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