Teacher Symposium - SA

Professional Development

Teacher Symposium

Engaging With First Nations’ Content and Educational Practices in the Music Classroom.

Join us for our annual Teacher Symposium which this year aims to provide you with the skills, confidence and resources needed to teach First Nations content in the classroom. Hear from proud Dja Dja Wurrung Researcher Dr. Aleryk (Al) Fricker, as he introduces the theory of decolonisation, music classroom implications, and shares applied approaches that teachers and schools can implement.

This symposium will provide teachers with the opportunity to engage in a range of practical applications to support the implementation of First Nations’ content in your classrooms.

Can't make it in-person? No problem, livestreaming access is available. 


Dr Al Fricker

Dr. Aleryk (Al) Fricker is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung Early Career Researcher. He is employed at Deakin University as a Lecturer in the NIKERI Institute. He was formally a Primary and Secondary school teacher and has a passion for everything teaching and learning.
Dr. Fricker is an active teacher and researcher and works hard with the next generation of teachers so they have the knowledge and skills to begin to decolonise their classrooms to benefit the next generations of students. He uses a decolonised pedagogical approach to ensure that his students can benefit from engaging with First Nations educational practices that are tens of thousands of years old.
Al's research is focused on both the research that justifies the need for decolonisation as well as the practical outcomes and the applied processes for school leadership, classroom teachers, curriculum designers, and the school communities. his research therefore focuses on educational reform and policy that can support the educational outcomes of all, and especially First Nations students.

Steph Insanally

Steph Insanally

As a leading music educator in South Australia Stephanie has worked in Independent, Catholic and public educational settings, run private music studios and managed ensembles in not-for profit organisations.
In 2021 Stephanie was a double award winner of the Ministers Arts Education Award and inaugural National Yamaha Piano Teacher award and has received numerous scholarships with Kodály and Junior Theatre Festival music productions.

As head of music Stephanie has produced and directed school musicals, been lead conductor of school choirs, orchestras and bands along with developing and implementing daily music across South Australian schools. Stephanie values the importance of self-education as she continues her Kodaly Certificate training, Certificate of Performance in Piano and Bachelor of Music.

Stephanie has performed at many events including a Carpenters tribute with Chong Lim, singing with Kate Cebrano for the Easter Children’s Appeal, been in a choir with Johnathon Welsh from the Choir of Hard Knocks and performed in a variety of Adelaide Fringe Shows.

Music is Stephanie’s greatest passion in both a personal and professional environment and is an artistic visionary with a strong motivation to create musical opportunities for children and adults. As a mother of three active children performing arts and sport is always prevalent.

Dr Candace Kruger

Candace Kruger

Candace is a Yugambeh yarrabilginngunn (song woman) and proud Kombumerri (Gold Coast) and Ngugi (Moreton Island) Aboriginal woman.

She is an author, musician, composer, as well as educator, and is the founder and director of the Yugambeh Youth Choir. Candace’s research interests are investigations in the fields of Indigenous musicology, Indigenous education, Indigenous knowledges and anthropology.

Candace’s research captures the songwoman’s work, contributes to the development of Indigenous methodologies, and demonstrates one way in which an Aboriginal community are reconstructing Aboriginal knowledge for sustainability and legacy outcomes. Candace’s co-composed piece ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’, which incorporations a Yugambeh songline community narrative, is one example of this work and was the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Online Orchestra, National 2021 music piece.

Candace has taught in the classroom for over 27 years, and now lectures in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, in her specialty area - Indigenous Knowledges and Education.

Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Saturday   2 Mar 2024


Standard $75.00 - In-person
Livestream Standard $75.00 - Online access
SA Music Association In-person $50.00 - (ASME, ORFF, Kodaly)
Livestream SA Music Association $50.00 - (ASME, ORFF, Kodaly) Online access
Student $25.00 - In-person
Livestream Student $25.00 - Online access

Event notes


Fullarton Park Community Centre
411 Fullarton Road, FULLARTON, SA 5063


This symposium is suitable to early years, primary and middle school educators, special educational needs educations, clinical therapists and music specialists.


Registration from 8.20am. Event runs between 8.50am - 1:15pm.

Morning Tea

Morning Tea will be served. Please indicate any dietary requirements

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