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Teacher’s Course: Creative Music & Drama 21 - 25 Aug 2017

Following the huge success in 2013 and 2016, we are excited to present this engaging arts summer course focussing on the two curriculum areas of Drama and Music.

This is a five day Department of Education and Skills and EPV-approved summer course for teachers.

Working with two outstanding creative practitioners, you will enjoy a week of experiential learning and development. Your confidence and skills in both music and drama will increase through highly participative and inspiring course content.

Using themes drawn from SPHE, English and other subjects, participants will explore a variety of imaginative approaches to integrated curriculum delivery. Teachers of all levels of experience will be able to fully engage in this rich week of professional development.

Course content and highlights will include:

  • Developing confidence and skills 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
  • Imaginative approaches to literacy and empathy, using both music and drama
  • Applying creative reflective and evaluative practices used by musicians and theatre practitioners to teachers’ individual professional practices and to school self-evaluation.

About Anita Mahon

Anita Mahon is a musician, vocal tutor and musical director. Based in Wexford, 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, Music Generation Carlow’s Encore primary school programme as well as on-going work in musical theatre schools 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 was the founding musical director and conductor of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir and currently conducts the Castlebridge Community Singers.

About Joanna Parkes

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.