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Our three Bridges to Music teachers are dedicated to the best music education outcomes for the children, reviewing and writing lesson plans from week to week, ensuring that the material used in each lesson is the most suitable for the currently enrolled children.

 

Jane Boyd

Principal and teacher (all levels)

Jane was inspired and encouraged to study Early Childhood Music with Dr Bridges after taking her own children to Dee’s (Dr Bridges) classes.

She has continued to study the teaching philosophies of Dalcroze and Kodaly ever since. She has also participated in a number of Orff Schulwerk workshops.

Jane has a passionate belief in the importance of good Early Childhood Music Education having observed over many years the enormous developmental benefit that children gain from the program, not just musically, but comprehensively.

The combination of the Dalcroze philosophy, using the body as a primary connection to music, the Kodaly philosophy using the singing voice as the first instrument assisting essential aural training and the percussive influence of Orff Schulwerk have helped Jane create a model of teaching which both parents and children come to value very quickly. A large number of Jane’s students, stay with the program until their second year of school gaining invaluable skills for ongoing instrumental study.

Simona Green

Pre-School Music and Movement teacher

Simona brings to the program an innate understanding of the teaching philosophies which Bridges to Music refers to. She joined the program in 2012 and worked and trained all year with Jane in the classes. Jane and Simona had previously worked together for a number of years, running early childhood play sessions which always had music and movement included.

Simona teaches the Early Childhood program at the Sydney Conservatorium.

Simona grew up in Italy, studying languages, flute and Baroque recorders. She graduated from Turin Conservatorium in 1985. Parallel to music she studied dance based on Rudolph Laban theories of choreography and movement that are now the foundations of modern dance and links in very well with the Dalcroze philosophy.

At the end of January 2013 Simona travelled to Perth for an intensive week of Dalcroze study.

Simona is a passionate and dedicated musician and for the past 6 years has been studying the piano.

Vanessa South

Pre Instrumental Level 2 teacher

Vanessa teaches K – 6 music at Newington College, Lindfield. She has done workshops and courses in Orff-Schulwerk, and Kodaly. Her music education program includes elements of these and other education ideas she has developed over her 20-year teaching experience. She believes music is vital for children.

Both of her sons have journeyed through Bridges to Music with Jane from young ages. Vanessa has a Masters degree in music education and while studying for it worked in a program that had classes for children as young as 4months.

Vanessa majored on the Viola in a Performance Degree through the Conservatorium of Music and teaches the violin and the viola privately and as part of instrumental programs at both Newington and Roseville College. She is currently a member of the Sydney Philharmonia Choir singing in the Alto Section.

 

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There is now a critical shortage of trained Early Childhood music educators. If you are a musician and would like to make one of the best contributions to music education, please visit the Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze websites. Just click on