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2024 registration is now closed. 2025 information available soon.

This 12-week online facilitated course is a general introduction to music education in primary schools. It is aimed at generalist classroom teachers with minimal music teaching experience who wish to build their skills and confidence in teaching music in the primary classroom.

This online course is facilitated by a music education primary specialist who provides ongoing and direct feedback throughout the course. Participants will gain practical skills and creative ideas for use in the classroom. The course is structured into 5 modules with specific deadlines within each module and will highlight the value of music for learning and support understanding of curriculum content. The content is fully aligned to the music syllabus relevant to each State and to the Australian Professional Standard for Teachers.


Course Overview

This 12 week online facilitated course consists of 5 modules. Each module includes videos, academic readings of latest pedagogical research and an assessment for submission. Each module takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

The course is aligned to F-6 The Australian Curriculum: The Arts, and AITSL’s Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, contributing 14 hours of PD*.

Enrolments Open: Monday 4 September 2023.
Enrolments Close: Friday 3 May 2024.
All Courses Commence: Monday 27 May 2024.

Introduction to the course, the value of Music Education, music skills F-6 The Australian Curriculum: The Arts.

Musical elements F-6 The Australian Curriculum: The Arts, pedagogical approaches: practical ideas for the classroom.

How to develop music learning in the classroom, building from simple to more complex, encouraging creativity.

In Modules 1 - 3 participants unpack and familiarise themselves with the musical elements, skills and terminology of the F-6 The Australian Curriculum: The Arts – Music and have the opportunity to read and view a variety of articles and videos exploring the value of music education. They identify both music and non-music skills learnt in the classroom, explore different pedagogical approaches to teaching music, and analyse video examples of music lessons in a variety of classrooms.

Linking to other learning areas, General Capabilities, Cross Curriculum Priorities, use of technology, programming, assessment

Bringing it all together – teaching and reflecting

Modules 4 - 5 include a more ‘hands-on’ approach where participants put into action all they have learnt in the first 3 modules to plan an engaging learning sequence for their students. Participants consider learning and assessment outcomes and indicators before teaching and reflecting on their learning sequence.

From this course, participating teachers will:

  • Understand the value of music for learning
  • Build skills as facilitators of successful music experiences in the classroom
  • Plan and implement successful curriculum-aligned Music teaching and learning programs
  • Reflect on learning from the course in order to improve classroom practice
  • Gain 14 hours of Accredited Professional Development*

This course addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Proficient Teachers:

Professional Knowledge - 2.1.2
Professional Practice - 3.2.2; 3.3.2; 3.4.2; 3.6.2; 5.1.2
Professional Engagement - 6.2.2; 6.3.2; 7.4.2


The cost is $300, exclusive of GST.


1. Purchase online with a credit card
2. Request tax invoice to school

3. Request tax invoice for NSW Government Schools - LMBR

If this option is selected you must enter a purchase order number in the box below. If you do not have a purchase order number one must be obtained before continuing with this option.

Please note: If you are requesting an invoice, an invoice with the correct amount ($300) will be emailed to you within 3-5 working days.

You are still able to enrol. You can pay with credit card online or over the phone with our Box Office staff.

For NSW teachers-Completing Musica Viva Australia-Music Education Skills for the Primary Classroom will contribute 8 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing Standard Descriptor(s) 2.1.2, 2.2.2 and 2.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

For ACT teachers-Completing Musica Viva Australia-Music Education Skills for the Primary Classroom will contribute to 10 hours of TQI approved professional development. This is the maximum number of hours TQI offer for accreditation for an online course.

If you are away for a part of the course, it is still possible to take part and complete the course. We can make the course presenters aware of your period of absence, and we can accommodate this by adjusting some of the “due dates” for the course tasks.

Please be aware that the course is a 10-week course with sequential activities and tasks, accompanied by regular submissions. Although it certainly is possible to catch up on the work, it may be quite intensive if you are trying to complete the given tasks in a shorter time period.

Our course is structured to give participants enough time to access, understand and implement the course learning and knowledge in an achievable time frame.

We will be offering the same course next year, and this may be a more suitable option.

If cancellation occurs before course commencement, fees will be fully refunded. Unfortunately we cannot refund fees after the course has commenced.

Contact information

If you have any questions please send an email to resourcehelp@musicaviva.com.au