Workshop: Making Music With Little Ones

Erskinville Town Hall, 104 Erskinville Road, Erskineville

November 4, 2016 at 4pm - 6pm $15

Entertaining, Educational and Practical. Exploring approaches to early childhood music.

Format: Presentations, discussion & Q&A (4-5.30pm) followed by wine/cheese (5.30-6pm)

Ticket Pricing: $12 Students and Music Australia Members, $15 general public (including teachers) Tickets now only available at the door.


Australian children of all ages love engaging in music. Research shows that even very young children have much to gain from listening to and creating music. Music Australia invites you to join us and our presenters as we explore HOW you can bring music into the lives of very young children, WHAT effect music can have on the developing child and WHY music is beneficial to young children.

In this session, Music: Count Us In’s 2016 Mentor, Jay Laga’aia, will be joined by education experts Rhonda Davidson-Irwin and Dr Anita Collins. Together they will explore:

  • Formal and informal strategies to help young children experience music
  • Opportunities to access for teachers/parents/community members
  • The role of music in early childhood development

This is talk is suitable for specialist music teachers, general classroom teachers, teachers in training, early childhood providers, private music teachers, interested parents/guardian and members of the community. 

 Our Presenters


Jay Laga’aia (Sydney)

Jay Laga’aia is the Music: Count Us In (MCUI) Mentor for 2016. Jay is a familiar face to many around Australia and is particularly loved by some of Australia’s youngest people and their parents thanks to his work on Play School and as the host of Jay’s Jungle. Jay is deeply passionate about music for young people and music in schools. He is an award winning writer, producer and singer. As an experienced performer of stage and screen, he understands the power of music – especially as a tool for learning and educating young people.

Rhonda Davidson-Irwin – Composer, Educator and Child Development Consultant (Brisbane)

Rhonda has taught more than 10,000 children, performed for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, composed thousands of songs for children’s TV shows and established Queensland’s, Viva La Musica. Rhonda has written and directed 100 children’s performances with the Queensland Symphony, Philharmonic and VLM Orchestras. Her original music has been performed on Australian television five days a week for the last 17 years. A qualified primary school music specialist, Rhonda has written national and Queensland State music Curriculum. She has lectured part-time in early childhood and music education at QUT, worked in Music Australia’s advocacy and currently coordinates music and creative arts activities for P&O Cruises.

Dr Anita Collins – Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education, University of Canberra (Canberra)

Dr Anita Collins is Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education at the University of Canberra and was previously a music teacher at Canberra Grammar School. Her research interests are in how music education can enhance development and performance. Anita is involved in the Goulburn Strings project providing music education opportunities for disadvantaged students, and hosts the Bigger Better Brains Facebook page to improve access to and understanding of neuroscientific research in music education. Anita has presented at TEDx Canberra to great acclaim.













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