AKS 2016 Featured Clinician: Dr James Cuskelly (Australia)

Topics by Dr Cuskelly @ AKS 2016

Workshop Abstract

1. Instrumental music in the scene your classroom.

These sessions focus on the study of instrumental music in the senior music classroom. Participants will analyse selected pieces in a number of ways as well as investigate pedagogical approach is to the teaching of instrumental music. The sessions are particularly relevant for older students with good working knowledge of both theory and all musicianship.

2. Connecting the instrumental teacher with Kodaly approaches to music learning.

These sessions explore approaches which the instrumental teacher might employ to and hence music learning for the instrumental student. Sessions will include both repertoire study as well as technical exercises designed to enhance the overall musicianship of the student.


About

cuskelly_116778_02Dr James Cuskelly is Head of Faculty: Creative Arts and Design Studies at St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s School, Brisbane, President of the International Kodaly Society, Director of the Summer School Music Program, and Director of the Cuskelly College of Music.

He completed undergraduate studies and a Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland. The Kodaly Certificate from Holy Names College (California) was awarded in 1991 and the Master of Music studies (The University of Queensland) in 1997. He gained the Doctor of Philosophy (The University of Queensland) in Music Education in 2007. He was Head of Music Education and the Aural Musicianship Program at the University of Queensland from 2000-2010, and during that time received two awards for Excellence in Teaching.

James has a very broad base in education, having taught in Kindergarten, pre-school, primary and secondary classrooms as well as in tertiary institutions. His passion for music, and his ability to enthuse and bring about effective learning in students across all ages or abilities, is internationally recognized. He is frequently asked as guest presenter and in 2015 taught in teacher training programs in Hungary (at the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute), Edinburgh (National Youth Choir of Scotland), England (the British Kodaly Academy) and Singapore. In addition he was invited keynote speaker at the MENZA Conference in Auckland (NZ).

James is committed to teacher training, and is considered a global leader in music education and he directs internationally recognized programs. James runs a variety of accredited teacher training programs including the Summer School Music Program (Brisbane) and Australia Kodaly Certificate programs in Malaysia, Perth and New Zealand and Indonesia.

A talented musician in his own right, James is also a highly regarded choral conductor and clinician. He is founding Director of the Queensland Kodaly Choir and conductor of the auditioned girls’ choir, Ensemble Volar. He is frequently asked to run choral workshops and lead choral festivals and workshops, and each year James convenes The Big Sing, a community choral festival held in Brisbane.

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