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Professional development workshop in Luxembourg 26-27 November

26-27 November 2011 Jeanne Schmartz and Katja Maria Slotte will lead a professional development workshop for teachers, childcare professionals, social workers, and music educators in Luxembourg.

The workshop is called “No Instruments? No Problem!” and is designed to cater to the needs of many educators and schools that struggle with (budget) issues and not having (enough) musical instruments for their students. In the workshop we will explore the vast possibilities there are to teach music in a meaningful and creative way without using any instruments at all. The participants will get introduced to the possibilities of working with body percussion, singing voice, speaking voice, and vocal sounds, and get lots of hands-on activities and ideas to bring back to their own classrooms and teaching situations.

In the workshop we will explore the connection between the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education and common elements used in world music styles, such as ostinato patterns, echo, improvisation, and other techniques. The workshop repertoire consists of children’s singing and rhythm games from all over the world. Participants will not only receive a lot of ideas and activities to bring back to their own classrooms, but also train their own vocal and rhythm skills and become more confident in presenting music activities.

This professional development weekend is organized by SCRIPT (Service de Coordination de la Recherche et de l’Innovation pédagogiques et technologiques),  the institute for professional development of the Luxembourgish Ministry of Education (Ministère de l’Education Nationale et de la Formation Professionnelle).

Workshop languages: English and Luxembourgish.

Jeanne Schmartz; percussionist, music teacher, musicologist (MA, BMus)
Katja Maria Slotte; singer, musician, singing teacher & music educator (BMus, MMus, Authorised CVT Teacher)

For more information and sign-up, please visit the SCRIPT professional development page.

Welcome to Music In All!

Music In All is a between two musicians and music educators: Jeanne Schmartz and Katja Maria Slotte.

Jeanne studied violin, and trained as a percussionist and is specialised in Latin percussion. She’s also a musicologist with a research interest in world music and music education. Katja studied piano and flute, trained as a music teacher and voice teacher, and as a singer specialising in world music, jazz and pop. She is specialised in the methodology of teaching singing, and in singing techniques for all styles of music.

We do workshops and professional development courses, coach teachers, write handbooks for people who teach singing and music, create new teaching materials, develop music education projects and give school concerts.

From time to time we share our thoughts on music education in this blog. The following aspects of music education that are especially close to our hearts:

  • Singing & Vocal Education
  • Percussion (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin)
  • World Music & Multicultural Music Education
  • Orff-Schulwerk
  • Early Childhood & Elementary Music

On our blog you will find news, observations, reviews on music education materials (books, DVD’s, CD’s), information on interesting music education projects, initiatives, concerts and workshops, as well as mini-interviews with interesting music educators and musicians that inspire us. From time to time we will give away some lesson plans and share our favorite teaching tips.