2016 Scholarship and Award Recipients
Australian Kodály Scholarship
Project Working Title:
Music for All of Us
Brief Project Overview:
The aim of the project is to make a freely available online resource drawing together Jodie’s reflections, experiences and the materials she has developed in teaching Kodály inspired musicianship to older adults within community choir settings. She will spend ten weeks to prepare and publish the materials she has developed so that other directors and teachers working with older adults could access and use the material. This material will be published online and made freely available.
I passionately believe that “music for all” should include people of all ages. In my experience older singers delight in the opportunity to learn new skills delivered with a teaching approach that caters to their needs. Many older choristers have not had music education opportunities and have consequently remained musically illiterate through their lives. The joy I have witnessed when people later in life gain access to an educated, literate approach to music making, has been magnificent. I would like to be able to help other music directors and educators have the capacity to offer this engagement and joy to their choristers and students. I have learnt that excellent music teaching for older beginners requires rigorous and specific skills that I have developed through my teaching experience, informed by my Masters studies, where I have shaped Kodály methodology to my students’ requirements. Many community choir directors haven’t had the opportunity to study Kodály and I am keen to share with colleagues how this framework has so successfully informed and shaped my work. For the wider Australian community, music education for older singers can make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of people in that age group. Music education for older Australians contributes to people’s mental, physical and social engagement. It allows older people dignity and a sense of mastery and pride – feelings that can be sorely lacking for the elderly in our community.
Enid Scott Conference Award
Queensland Branch: Mackay Chapter Founding Member
Patricia reflected the following on Enid:
I got to know Enid very well when I attended my first (of many) summer school back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and Enid was Boarding “Mother” to us all. Her help at Clayfield Boarding school and later at Banyo, certainly made my stay easier and let me concentrate on my studies. She was such a support, not only to me but others, when we were missing our kids, struggling from being away from our families and having to contend with assessment pressures. I continued to keep in contact with Enid, over the many years in between, either at conferences or with Christmas newsletters and she stayed with my family on one of her trips North. She was a wonderful, tireless worker for the KMEIA movement. Enid was such a selfless giver to everyone she came into contact with and every task that was asked of her.
Scholarships and Awards
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