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Registration is now open for our new Primary Teacher Professional Development Workshop - Devising Drama in the Primary Classroom.
Run in partnership with Monkey Baa Theatre Company, this one-day course will transform the way you devise original drama performances in the primary classroom. This course will be a great introduction to making performances, will extend your existing skills and make devising easier – and more fun – for your future projects.
35 music and dance students from around the state explored Igor Stravinsky’s creative genius when they joined together last week for the Firebird Forensics workshops. They worked with internationally renowned composer and animateur Paul Rissmann, choreographer Josef Brown - and teachers from our schools to create their own responses to Stravinsky’s score in music and dance. A final concert showcasing the students’ work was held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Tickets are now on sale for In Concert on 16 May and 17 May.
A dazzling choral and instrumental music showcase featuring Australia’s premier Public Schools Instrumental Ensembles, the Combined Secondary Schools Choir and guest artist, Katie Noonan.
Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. She will join over 1000 young musicians from around the state as they come together filling Sydney Town Hall with an evening of celebration and song.
Tickets are now on sale from City Recital Hall box office
Talented music students join together for one week each year to receive expert tutelage and develop their performance skills. Participants rehearse and perform high quality repertoire culminating in a concert for families and friends on the final night of the camp.
Professional learning for music teachers is available through attendance at the NSW State Music Camp. Teachers wanting to enhance their music teaching skills will benefit from tuition from professional musicians and staff from The Arts Unit.
Dates for 2016
•Junior Music Camp (Years 5-8) 17 - 22 July
•Senior Music Camp (Years 8-12) 26 June - 1 July
Venue: Sydney Academy of Sport, Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen.
The Operation Art 2016 Touring Exhibition is currently on display at Tamworth Regional Gallery until 14 May. The works in this exhibition were selected from the Operation Art main exhibition in 2015 and will be donated to The Children's Hospital at Westmead after touring to regional galleries during 2016.
Entries into this year's Operation Art Exhibition are due 6 May. Information and online entry forms available on The Arts Unit website
Artworks Fantasy Treescape by Emma Cannings, Turramurra North Public School and Emus by Abigail Ng, Clovelly Public School.
Applications are open for full day practical visual arts workshops for students at Goulburn Regional Gallery 28 - 30 June. Workshops cover a variety of different topic areas including drawing, painting, printing, mixed media and sculpture and are a great way to extend student's visual arts skills. Information and school booking package is available online
Annex Art is excited to present a silver jewellery making workshop with artist Carl Noonan, 13 - 14 May at The Powerhouse Museum. During this two day workshop teachers will work with Carl to build their jewellery making skills and produce their own sterling silver pendant and ring.
The Arts Unit Learning Hub is a dynamic online platform for teacher professional learning in the creative arts, public speaking and debating. The Hub hosts video tutorials and interactive eLearning modules which range from introductory lessons to advanced skill building, delivered by experts in a way that is both meaningful and memorable.
As we approach ANZAC day look out for: ‘Commissioning Original Music –The ANZAC Songs.’ The Arts Unit commissioned original songs for primary school choral repertoire. Watch the interview with Ian Jefferson and download backing tracks and sheet music through The Arts Unit Learning Hub to perform for your own ANZAC commemorations. Be sure to go to The Arts Unit Learning Hub now and register your details to access these great resources!
Regional Conservatoriums can support schools in designing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating instrumental music, vocal tuition and training programs.They also provide Music education professional learning programs to improve the professional competencies of music staff at schools and of associates in the wider regional community who support music education in schools.
The Non-Tertiary Music Education Program aims to foster wide access to music teaching, activities, resources and performance opportunities across age and interest groups within metropolitan communities and to support regional areas of NSW.
Applications are still open for students in Years 3- 10 to attend a 3 day residential camp at Stanwell Tops from Sunday 22 May - Tuesday 24 May, 2016.
Students need to have been learning an instrument for a minimum of 1-2 years. At camp students are divided into a concert band and rock band. In Term 4 the group is brought back together to perform as part of the Combined Schools Instrumental Festival.
The NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra will tour throughout the North West of NSW from 1 - 6 May. The students will be doing performances and workshops in Newcastle, Singleton, Scone, Gunnedah, Boggabri, Narrabri and Tamworth, inspiring hundreds of young country instrumentalists by performing concerts and doing exchange workshops.
Teachers participating in this program undertook a scriptwriting workshop with Dr Paul Gardiner which focussed on developing personal stories and journeys into a performance. Following this, our teacher mentor, Kate Worsley visited schools to work with teachers to develop the work of students into a performance. For the final stage of the program students will have the opportunity to work with ZEAL Theatre to present their work on the stage.
Student workshop: Tuesday 24, 25 and 26 May at The Bankstown Arts Centre
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Cultural Voices Showcase and performance: 26 May at Bankstown Arts Centre,
This year 27 students in Years 7 - 11 participated in the Aboriginal Drama Program at ATYP, Walsh Bay. Aboriginal elders and artists worked with students to explore Dreamtime stories and develop their skills in playbuilding, scripting scenes as well as performance and characterisation techniques.The students developed a drama work which was performed to an audience of students from Plunkett St Public School and Fort St Public School.
The Diverse Drumming Program has visited 17 schools throughout Sydney and Wollongong during this term. Through this program ovver 125 students and their teachers have developed their West African drumming skills under the tutelage of Yacou Mbaye.
The NSW Public Schools Dance Ensemble program provides an extension to the dance experiences that members are receiving in their own schools. Students successful through an audition, rehearse weekly at the University of NSW. The ensembles will be involved in a number of high profile performances including the State Dance Festival at the Seymour Centre and Schools Spectacular performances. This year 24 students from 12 NSW Public Schools have been selected into the Junior Dance Ensemble and 31 students from 19 NSW Public Schools have been selected into the Senior Dance Ensemble. Another 30 students from 19 schools have been selected into Primary Dance Ensemble.
The Years 5 & 6 Dance Workshops aim to extend and develop students’ experiences in a range of dance styles and teaching approaches. The 64 dancers from 31 NSW Public Schools, who attended the recent three day workshop at Sydney Dance Company Studios, were encouraged to reach beyond their current limits to achieve a range of dance outcomes under the guidance of expert dance tutors.
The NSW Public Schools Singers and students from Minchinbury, Blaxland East, Ellison, Lapstone, Oxley Park and Glenbrook Public Schools came together to perform Carmina Burana alongside the Sydney Chamber Choir at the Joan Sutherland Theatre and City Recital Hall. Conducted by Richard Gill, OAM, the group performed to a total audience of 1000 over two performances.