Singing Australia Workshop
Thanks for a great day. Couldn’t have hoped for more. It covered all aspects that we wanted and it was great that you were so receptive to our ideas and tailored the show to suit.
The rapport with the students was excellent and the kids were totally engaged. It was good to have you link music and performance to curriculum.
Point Cook PS
In the SINGING AUSTRALIA WORKSHOP Jan teaches students to sing and perform Australian songs relating to our history and culture.
They may be simple folk songs for the littlies (such as a Waka Waka traditional song called Jabin Jabin); and for older students it may be one of Jan’s originals such as Thank You For The Welcome.
The emphasis is on enjoying the process but getting it right and using percussion instruments where students can play them with competence.
On the way through students learn a lot of Australian history in a fun and entertaining way.
Curriculum - see below.
The workshop may run over one or two days, with up to 4-6 class groups over a day.
Each class learns 1-2 songs, depending on time available and age level.
There is a show-and-tell performance at the end. (Or the show may also be performed as an evening event for the school community.)
This may vary from $750-1500 depending if it’s one or two days, number of sessions, and travel and accomodation may be an extra.
VELS/ National Curriculum (NAT)
VELS P-6 / NAT 4 (First Contacts) & 5 (Colonies)
Whilst The Singing Australia Workshop is suitable for all levels, the intellectual content will be most pertinent to levels 3 & 4. The content covers many lifestyles, histories and old ways that have been part of Australian society.
With a mix of archival and contemporary material, and through Jan’s experiences of travel in Australia, students get a sense of the differences in other parts of Australia – in traditions and environment – as well as changes across time.
Regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, Jan has had a lot of working and friendship experiences with Indigenous Australians, and whilst he does not speak on their behalf, he has a range of songs and stories to pass on to students, both personal and historical.
Music, storytelling, singing, dance, puppetry, theatre.