The Seven Swans – Robyn Staveley

Robyn Staveley is Senior Lecturer in Music, Movement, and Dance Education at the University of Technology Sydney, Kuring-gai Campus. She is a past president of the NSW Orff Schulwerk Association, is one of the NSW representatives on ANCOS, the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk, and is Vice Chair of the Levels teacher training programs. Robyn has written many resources and materials and presented many workshops and courses throughout Australia and internationally. In 2003 Robyn was recipient of the ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) Excellence in Teaching award. Her research interests are in cognitive neuroscience and music education. Her workshops take you on a journey that is provocative, reflective, invigorating and best of all an enjoyable musical experience.

The Seven Swans

Through the story of The Seven Swans, this session will weave a composition in seven beat metre. Movement ideas will be explored to develop a repertoire of actions to demonstrate understanding of seven beat metre. Movement will include specific skills in copying others (mirroring) using whole body and specific body parts, and body percussion. Vocal patterns will reinforce seven beat metre patterns and form structures for composition.  Participants will improvise using limited pitches as a way of inspiring new ideas about sounds and spaces. The structure of the finished work will be inspired through ideas of the story and movement play.  The session will culminate in a reflection of how students acquire specific concepts actively through moving, vocalising and playing; how the content of the activity engendered this learning; and the pedagogical aspects that were practised by the teacher.

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