Deb Ferrier-Kerr: Developing a Musical Culture   

My presentation tells the story of music-making in a school, through anecdotes, examples and observations. My observations about how to nurture a musical culture in terms of what works within the social/ cultural context of a primary/intermediate school links to the activity of the studio music teacher.  

I talk about musical building blocks, opportunities to perform, the message of music and how it nurtures the spirit, and the specific skills, language and context of musical knowledge. 

Deb Ferrier-Kerr been a registered music teacher for over 20 years. She qualified in Early Childhood in 1996 and in 2001 became a classroom teacher and has taught music alongside that ever since, initially at lunchtimes and then since 2005 one day a week. Before that she taught music privately both one-to-one and in groups ranging from private lessons and recorder consorts to baby’s musical experience classes. I was involved in trialling the music curriculum in schools in 1993, Into Music One, Kiwikids Songs and Regional Task Development for NEMP in 2003 and marking NEMP tasks 2009. I received The Marion Rayward Scholarship in 2001 to present a paper at the International Society for Music Education’s Conference: “Music on Mangaia: Music on a remote Pacific Island”.  Over the years I have run many music workshops at conferences and music camps, working particularly with primary age children to develop their own compositions and creativity. 


How long is the presentation?  

15 minutes 


What do you need to view the presentation?  

A browser capable of playing YouTube video. 

Audio output (speakers) 


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Non-members $35.00

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