Developing Music Reading Skills for Singing and Playing Instruments in Your K-6 Classroom


This course is being presented by the Association of NSW Regional conservatoriums in partnership with the NSW Teachers Federation - Centre for Professional Learning CPL).





It is a one-day course, comprising theoretical and practical elements, with hands-on instrumental activities and role play designed to simulate facilitated group music activity in the classroom setting. Aspects that will be covered include:

  • the fundamentals of music notation reading
  • common vocal and instrumental music score formats and music literacy conventions
  • ‘reading’ multiple musical parts or lines simultaneously
  • basic conducting, and how to translate written musical directions into physical gestures


Completing a Developing Music Reading Skills for Singing and Playing Instruments in Your K-6 Classroom course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 1.1.2, 2.1.2, 3.3.2, 3.5.2, 4.1.2, 6.3.2  from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Teachers K-6 who wish to develop music score literacy, with a view to being able to teach and lead ensemble and music group activities in the classroom, and connect music literacy to the NSW Creative Arts K-6 syllabus – Music.


The course will begin by explaining and discussing the principles, purpose, and benefits of music literacy, and its relevance to the curriculum. It will explore and demonstrate the western music notation system and apply its principles to real-world examples. Participants will gain an understanding of standard music score layout and work in guided small groups to develop a working knowledge of the process of score reading as it applies to singing and instrumental groups relevant to the curriculum and classroom setting.

Participants will gain hands-on experience and teacher/learner perspectives through role play and active scenarios as both music group members and leaders.

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