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Music Workshops for Schools

Workshops

Workshops to supplement school music programs !

General Information

A range of workshops is offered to both encourage the learning of music at schools and supplement school music programs. A school may be interested in one or more of our workshops depending on their own music programs and direction. A full or partial contribution from parents/carers can be sought by a School for any or all of these workshops.

Fees quoted are for the Sunshine Coast area only ! (other areas may incur an additional travelling cost) If more than one workshop is presented consecutively on the same day a 20% discount applies to each additional workshop. If a show is presented consecutively on the same day a 20% discount applies to each workshop.

Christensen's have a background in music education that spans over 40 years, operating private music teaching schools and presenting music workshops and children's shows throughout south east Queensland. Rod has also taught music for Education Queensland as an instrumental music instructor.

Rod and Keryn Christensen are the directors of Christensen's Music & Learning and co-presenters of the workshops. Both are blue card holders.

Workshops currently offered :

'Little People at Musical Instruments' 

Early Childhood Centres, Pre-Prep & Prep;  Grades 1 & 2

Duration:  45 to 60 minutes     Recommended Participants:  Min  6    Max  20 

Participants do not need any previous musical experience !

Christensen's supply all instruments for this workshop including junior size Guitars, Violins and Drum Kit, Keyboards, Glockenspiels and a variety of Percussion Instruments.

 Christensen's Personnel:  2        Teacher attendance required !        Fee:  $180

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for younger children to gain a hands-on experience at playing various musical instruments. Rod and Keryn teach the children basic playing skills on the instruments, and explain many essential aspects of music such as music styles, expression, rhythm and pitch. The children play along like a band to popular and original children's songs, with Rod singing and playing Guitar, and Keryn playing Bass Guitar. Children alternate on the instruments so they all have a turn on most instruments. 

Children are guaranteed to have a memorable and educational experience. The workshop will also assist parents in evaluating their children's interest in music.  

   

'Mixed Instrument'

Grades 3 & 4

Duration:  60 minutes     Recommended Participants:  Min  5    Max  15

  Participants do not need any previous musical experience !

Christensen's supply all instruments for this workshop including children's size Guitars and Violins, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Drum Kit and Percussion Instruments.

Christensen's Personnel:  2        Teacher attendance required !        Fee:  $220

   
The 'Mixed Instrument' workshop gives children an opportunity to learn basic chords, notes and rhythms on various instruments, and apply them to easy songs and riffs as they play together as a band with Rod singing and playing Guitar, and Keryn playing Bass Guitar. 
   
This workshop stimulates children's interest in music by giving them a real sense of accomplishment on different musical instruments in one single experience. It encourages children to continue with music through school programs, and assists parents in evaluating their children's interest in music.

'The Creative Wind & Brass Player'

Grades 5 to 7 children with basic to intermediate skills on Wind & Brass Instruments !

Duration:  60 minutes     Recommended Participants:  Min  5    Max  15

  Participants play their own instruments at this workshop.

Christensen's Personnel:  1        Teacher attendance required !        Fee:  $180

Children will learn how to make a wind or brass instrument talkCreativity is often not developed in young musicians if their playing experience has been mostly reading from music. This is because emphasis on the visual often does not allow for the development of a musician's 'ear', feel and natural creative abilities on a musical instrument.

In this workshop children will learn :

  • specific techniques for being creative and expressive on any wind or brass instrument
  • basic improvisation skills using easy rock, blues and jazz riffs
  • playing by 'ear' on simple melodies

Rod uses various methods for helping children achieve success with these skills. Participants will widen their capabilities on their instruments and build confidence in stepping out from the comfort zone of just reading from music.

'Band Jamming'

Grades 5 to 7 children with basic to intermediate skills on any of these instruments: 

Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone. Singers can also participate.

Duration:  60 minutes       Recommended Participants:  Min  4    Max  10

   Participants bring their own instruments to this workshop. (Christensen's can supply a full size Drum Kit if necessary)    Schools supply music stands.   

Christensen's Personnel:  2        Teacher attendance required !        Fee:  $220


In this workshop Rod teaches participants how they can jam along together on various feels, riffs and fun songs.

The Workshop content includes:

              ~  playing different styles such as Rock, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Groove and Latin
              ~  setting the feel and tempo to suit a specific style
              ~  combining lead instruments, vocals and accompaniment instruments
              ~  general musicianship skills

To help participants achieve maximum benefit from the workshop Rod sings and plays either Guitar, Keyboard or Wind & Brass Instruments, and Keryn plays Bass Guitar. If there is no drummer available, Rod will show willing participants at the workshop how to play basic beats on the drums for the workshop material.

This workshop demonstrates to young musicians how much fun and musically stimulating it is to be able to jam along with other musicians of a similar age and level. Participants will have new found confidence and become even more encouraged and connected with music.

 Parents/Carers Contribution & Information

If a school chooses to seek a full or partial contribution from parents/carers :

  • Christensen's fees to the school are irrespective of the schools fee to parents and whether the recommended minimum number of students attend.  
  • A school may cancel or re-schedule workshops if there is insufficient response from parents on no less than 48 hours notice. In this event, if Christensens were also booked by the same school for other workshops or our children's show as part of the package, the total fee would be amended accordingly.
  • If the number of participating students is expected to exceed the maximum for a workshop, additional workshops can be booked to satisfy demand. Our fee would then be amended accordingly.

Christensen's assist schools in providing workshop information for parents/carers by either :

  • an email link to the workshop information page on our website for parents/carers, or
  • a leaflet in pdf format for hard copy distribution to parents/carers

It is suggested that information be provided to parents/carers approx. 4 weeks prior to the scheduled workshop date/s.

Parents/carers information provided by Christensen's outlines :

  • workshop content
  • student criteria for participation in a workshop
  • workshop duration
  • recommended maximum number of participants

Schools provide parents/carers with :

  • workshop date/s and times
  • required contribution from parents/carers
  • schools payment deadline

Enquiry & Booking Procedure

All enquires are welcome and can be made by either  email or phone. Once dates and other details are finalised we then forward a 'Booking Form' for completion and returning to Christensen's.

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