IGS Head of Primary Music Michele Ellis recently presented at the 2018 conference, after being approached by the Chair of the national body to contribute as the Chief Australian Presenter, following her involvement in a San Francisco School internship in late 2016.
“It was an honour to be asked, and even though I was nervous about it almost for the entire 2017 year, contributing to the conference at this level was an opportunity to present and recognise all of those who have believed in me and nurtured my craft of teaching,” Michele said.
“IGS has played a significant part in my development as a teacher and a musician.”
At the Conference, Michele led four sessions, including Australian Art Music for Preschool children, ensemble arranging and performances for beginning musicians, a multidisciplinary experience of the picture book, Circle, by Jeannie Baker for middle school, and a High School session on the music of Ross Edwards and Elena Kats-Chernin.
“The warm up session I led involved the delegates singing our IGS Good Morning Song in glorious improvised harmonies, and with the addition of volunteers singing in a range of languages such as Korean, Maori and Swiss German to name a few,” Michele said.
“I acknowledged the work of the former IGS Director of Music Chris Belshaw, and those colleagues who taught me so much during their stay at IGS – James Madsen, Amy Freeman, Wayne Chang and of course the current team of special souls.”
In Term 4 2018, Michele will be taking long service leave to commence an International Special Course: Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education – Orff Schulwerk at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria.