John Feierabend ‘First Steps in Music’: The Musical Workout

Presented by: Dr John Feierabend

20-22 August, 2018

Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Graham Street, Fitzroy, Victoria

This course will provide a bridge from research to practice by demonstrating how a “natural” curriculum, rich in the repertoire of traditional children’s songs, rhymes, games and dances can develop young children’s musical intelligence, singing and movement skills, and expressive sensitivities. A model of parents and children playing together in the years from birth to age three will be presented as well as a curriculum for 3- to 8-year-old children in classroom settings.


To introduce effective psychological principles, techniques, and materials which will aid in the discovery and maximization of the innate music potential of children in preschool and the early elementary grades.

To develop teaching skills appropriate to the developmental abilities of children in grades N-2.

To develop the ability to design curriculum appropriate for grades N-2.


ACTIVE PARTICIPATION: All students are expected to participate in all activities and discussions.

FINAL EXAMINATION: The final examination will be a multiple choice test.


Day 1: Introduction

Philosophy for teaching music in the early years
Selecting Quality Literature
Child Developmentally appropriate literature

Mental development in the early years
Music Aptitude/ Achievement

Day 2: Music in the first three years

Musical Influence (Nursery – Grade 2)
Tonal/Singing Development

Day 3: Musical Influence (Nursery – Grade 2)
Movement Development
Designing Lesson plans and Curriculum

First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond, John Feierabend (included with registration)

Monday & Tuesday:                        Wednesday:

9.00-11.00am – Session 1                     9.00am-11.00am – Session 1
11.00-11.20am – Morning tea              11.00-11.20am – Morning Tea
11.20am-1.20pm – Session 2                11.20am-1.20pm – Session 2
1.20-2.20pm – Lunch                             1.20-2.00pm – Lunch
2.20-4.00pm – Session 3                       2.00-3.00pm – Session 3

Online registration

$590 – VOSA & Other Orff Association Members
$640 – Non-Members
$570 – Students/Pensioners/ Concession Card Holders/OS Residents

A light morning tea consisting of fresh fruit will be provided each day.  Lunch can be BYO or purchased at the ACU canteen.

Registration includes the course text “First Steps in Music for Preschool & Beyond” which will be provided on the first day of the course at registration, downloadable notes, morning tea, & 3 days course tuition.

Note:  The First Steps in Music for Preschool & Beyond resource is required for each person attending this course.  If you already have a copy of this text, please contact Sharon at 


FAME Certification
This course is 20 hours, and, if fully completed, you will receive a FAME Certificate.