Teachers Summer Course: Music & Drama
19 Aug - 23 Aug 2013
Teachers Summer Course: Music & Drama

The Ark's week-long Department of Education and Skills and EPV-approved summer course for teachers.

Monday 19 - Friday 23 August 2013 @ 9.30am-2.30pm each day
Facilitators: Anita Mahon (music) and Joanna Parkes (theatre)

Approved by the Department of Education and Skills. Primary school teachers qualify for Extra Personal Vacation days. Teachers attending will receive 20% off full price tickets for their class to visit to The Ark in 2013/2014.

Capatilising on 18 years of delivering the highest quality culture for children, The Ark is delighted to present a highly creative and Department of Education and Skills approved summer course for primary school teachers focussing on two curriculum areas: drama and music.

At the end of this week-long course, participants will start the new school year with a tool box of skills and exercises to enhance the delivery of music and drama in the classroom, as well as a variety of new approaches for delivering the music and drama curricula using themes drawn from SPHE, English and other subjects.

This highly creative week of professional development will will appeal to teachers of all levels of experience and will be facilitated by music and drama in education specialists Anita Mahon and Joanna Parkes. School self-evaluation exercises will be incorporated as an integral part of the course.

Course content will include:

• Developing increased skills and confidence to deliver all aspects of the primary school music and drama curricula.
• Using music and drama to imaginatively respond to themes and concepts in other subjects.
• Working in teams and individually to bring themes to life through a range of creative approaches.
• Vocal development – both musical and dramatic voice use.
• Building a tool-kit of new ideas and approaches to the music and drama curricula including integrated approaches to delivery.
• Imaginative approaches to literacy and empathy, using both music and drama (song, rap and lyric creation, rhythmic based linguistic memory development, script creation, linguistic memory development using drama and characterisation etc).
• Applying creative reflective and evaluative practises used by musicians and theatre practitioners to teachers’ individual professional practices and to school self evaluation.

Cost €80

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About Anita Mahon Back to Top

Anita Mahon is a musician, vocal tutor and musical director. Based in Limerick, Anita has worked extensively with children and adults across a wide spectrum of musical genres. Her passion for music, and in particular voice, is fired by the limitless potential of music and creative inclusivity to inspire a collective vision. She has worked on a number of large scale projects with children including the Big Sing with Limerick County Council involving 600 primary school children as well as on-going work directing youth and children’s choirs, rock school programmes and performance coaching. Anita holds specialist training in the Estill Model of Voice Training and is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network. She is also the founding musical director and conductor of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir which performs up to 30 times per year. 

About Joanna Parkes Back to Top

Joanna Parkes is an experienced educational drama practitioner who has worked nationally and internationally on a wide range of projects in educational and community settings. Joanna has worked extensively in primary schools, designing and implementing educational drama projects, delivering teacher training and producing resources for teachers. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and at the Marino Institute of Education.