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Professional Development Opportunities

The Music Resource Centre provides free seminars for teachers to meet professional development requirements.
Maryborough Music Conference 
The Maryborough Music Conference is held every second year. This is a conference for music teachers in primary and secondary schools. The 2017 Maryborough Music Conference will be held from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 July. We expect over 800 delegates to the conference, from across Australia.
The program offers over 100 multiple choice topics over four days led by world renowned national and international music educators, band and choral directors and clinicians, and is also supported by over 90 trade displays. All delegates will have the opportunity to perform in one of the delegate performance ensembles (Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Stage Band or Gospel Choir).
Topics include;
Primary Classroom
Secondary Classroom
IT &
Instrumental - Multi
Instrumental - Strings
·         Music Curriculum and The Arts Syllabus
·         Ukulele
·         Coding in Music
·         Your choir could be stunning
·         Musica Viva
·         Take Orff with Jazz
·         Choral Repertoire
·         Ideas and resources for the Primary Classroom
·         Music Curriculum and The Arts Syllabus
·         Rock School
·         Composition & arranging
·         Notion conducting
·         Musical Theatre
·         Getting high schoolers to sing
·         Syllabus talk
·         Musicology
·         Choral Repertoire
·         Smart Music
·         Dorico Scoring software
·         Musition
·         Auralia
·         Notion 6 and Studio One
·         IM Curriculum
·         Building & advancing your rhythm section
·         Conducting &rehearsal techniques
·         Inspiring Practice Jazz
·         Taking ensembles on tour
·         Teaching Bass Guitar
·         Masterclass – low brass, double reeds
·         Advanced group teaching
·         IM Curriculum
·         Inspiring Practice
·         Taking ensembles on tour
·         Choosing good repertoire
·         Advanced techniques for strings
·         Flying Strings
Presenters include:
Performance ensembles;
Ryan Nowlin (Symphonic Wind Band); Brian Balmages (Symphony Orchestra); Andrew Legg (Choir); Rodney Whitaker
Instrumental Music: Ryan Nowlin; Erin Cole; Brian Balmages; Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney; Rob McWilliams; Quinton Morris; Loreta Fin; Mark Sullivan; Audrey Akerman; Greg Aitken; Leanne Kuss; Damian Hoey; Dan Quigley
Choral: Andrew Legg, Michael Griffin; Stuart Gillard
Primary Music: Michael Griffin; Sue Lane; Henriette Madsen; Phil Splitter and Susie Davies-Splitter; Alison Lunnon; Kristie Cóte-Perren; Nathan Cahill; Lauren Fairbairn; Ros McMilan
Secondary Music: Rodney Whitaker; Ralph Hultgren; Alyson Locke; Ian Cook; Chris Swaffer; Rebecca Howe; Mahoney Archer
Technology: Leigh Kallestad; Cheryl Burgemeister
Further information on presenters, sessions and registration is available at the conference website. (

Twilight PD

The Music Resource Centre offers Twilight Professional Development Sessions each term. Twilights run from 3.45 - 5.45pm, and are held at the Music Resource Centre

Preparing for Moderation


Monday 15th May 3.45pm @ MRC

Our woodwind project officer (James Kukulies) will present a session on preparing your Moderation Submission.  The first 45 minutes will cover the following areas and then it will be hands on with your own files and paperwork.
·         Preparation Logistics (work-flow, students, equipment and timelines)
·         Submission Requirements (dealing with the paperwork and recordings)
·         Recording Considerations (how to make better recordings and manage your files)
·         Post Moderation (how to relate to the feedback)


Friday 16 June 2017, KELVIN GROVE STATE COLLEGE 8.30am – 2.30pm
The workshop will include Masterclasses with Eve Newsome & David Mitchell, Chamber music performances, Q & A Session
Free Attendance
Come and enjoy a fun day of ‘double reeding!’

Music Teachers’ Seminar – Monday 16th October, 2017


The next Music Teacher Seminar is the QSO PFD on Monday October 16th at the QSO studios, Southbank.


Professional Development Requirements

All teachers (including Instrumental Music Teachers and Instructors) are required to do a minimum amount of Professional Development each calendar year to maintain teacher registration and demonstrate a commitment to continuing Professional Development.  The Queensland College of Teachers (QCOT) has outlined these requirements in their 'Renewal of Teacher Registration Fact Sheet'.  

With the introduction of Flexible Staff Professional Development Days, there is also a requirement for teachers to complete a number of Professional Development hours outside of rostered duty time.  For further information on this, please see the Staff Professional Development Days Policy page on the Queensland Government website.