Dr John Feierabend's FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC Accreditation Course
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Dr John Feierabend's FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC Accreditation Course

Dr John Feierabend's FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC Accreditation Course

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Deakin University

Alfred Deakin Drive

Waurn Ponds, VICTORIA 3216


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First Steps In Music is a music and movement curriculum for teachers of children from birth through the primary years. The key objectives of this music readiness program are to:

  1. teach the music of our heritage to our next generation
  2. incorporate the latest research in musical child development in order to help children become tuneful, beatful and artful

The teacher’s manual consist of teacher guides, lesson plans, song/rhyme collections and recordings, using only the finest quality folk music and classical music.



  • To introduce effective psychological principles, techniques, and materials which will aid in the discovery and maximisation of the innate music potential of children in preschool and primary school.
  • To develop teaching skills appropriate to the developmental abilities of children aged 3-8 years.
  • To develop the ability to design curriculum appropriate for children aged 3-8 years.


  • Attendance: 8am-3pm Wednesday January 25, Thursday January 26, Friday January 27, Saturday January 28
  • Active participation: All students are expected to participate in all activities and discussions.
  • Final examinations: The final examination will be a multiple choice test.


Early childhood educators, primary school teachers, tertiary education students, music specialists, community music educators, playgroup facilitators, kindergarten teachers and assistants, childcare centre workers, anyone with an interest in providing high quality education for children.


1. Introduction

2. Philosophy for teaching music in the early years

  • Goals
  • Selecting quality literature
  • Child developmentally appropriate literature

3. Psychology

  • Mental development in the early years
  • Music aptitude/ achievement

4. Music in the first three years

5. Musical influence (3-8 years)

  • Tonal/singing development
  • Movement development

6. Designing lesson plans and curriculum


  • First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond


John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development. His teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the materials and techniques to help build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies that use quality literature.

Dr. Feierabend continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching diverse folk music and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. Dr. Feierabend's research has resulted in two music methods; First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for children birth to age 8, and Conversational Solfege, a music literacy method for use in general music classes.


Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of the historic port city of Geelong, 72 kilometres south west of Melbourne. Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional centre with a population of more than 200,000 people. The city of Geelong is a great place to visit any time of the year. The City is home to many local beaches and parks, such as the botanical gardens, so you can enjoy every minute of the sunshine. Central Geelong offers a diverse range of cuisine, wine and activities ranging from cultural, recreational and family friendly. Greater Geelong is also famous for excellent surf beaches and an amazing wine region with plenty of opportunities to visit local cellar doors and taste some great Australian wines on offer.


Avalon Airport is approximately 20 kilometres from Geelong’s central business district. The Waurn Ponds Campus is located approximately 30 minutes drive from Avalon Airport or one and a half hour’s drive from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine). All the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at both airports and airport shuttle buses are available for transfers.


Affordable accommodation for attendees will be available on the university campus (click here for Deakin Residential Services brochure). Alternatively there is a range of accommodation options available in the Geelong region (click here for 'Visit Geelong & the Bellarine' accommodation options). Please note that public transport may not be convenient for off-site accommodation.

Proudly supported by Deakin University, Geelong Connected Communities and the City of Greater Geelong

Please note: All registration fees must be paid for at time of booking.

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