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participants at the Summer School, learning to teach children music

The Muse Summer School
January 15 - 19, 2024

@ Chisnallwood Intermediate School
76 Breezes Rd. Avondale Ōtautahi

Five days of exciting music making and learning, for educators and the general public,

inspired by the Kodály approach to music making and learning.

Fun - Inclusive - Something for everyone
A Kodály teacher training course with Maree Henessey

Music Teachers

Empower your students to become skilled, confident, literate, and creative music makers while developing your musicianship, singing and conducting skills.

Members of the Open Song Choir at The Muse

Choir Leaders

Get the best possible results from your choirs while developing your own musicianship.



Develop your singing skills,  literacy, understanding and musicianship.

Beginners to advanced.

The Summer School Includes

9.30am - 12.00pm

Kodály Teacher Training 

For classroom, music and studio teachers. 

Understanding the Kodaly approach:

  • Curriculum development

  • Teaching techniques

  • Sequencing learning

  • Lesson planning and assessment

  • Materials, games and songs.


Maree Henessey

Materials and strategies for teaching children throughout their primary school years.


Rosalie Scott

Materials and strategies for teaching beginners through to upper secondary.

Kodály Teacher Training at The Muse

12.45pm - 2.00pm


Holistic development for choir leaders, aspiring choir leaders and music teachers.

Beginner Conducting

Maree Henessey

Foundation conducting skills. Developing self awareness as a conductor, keeping time, basic cues and cut offs.

Intermediate to advanced

Andrew Withington

Beyond the basics. How to get the best possible results from our choirs.


2.00pm - 3.30pm



Maree Henessey

A sequential approach to learning to read, write and understand music, through games, songs and joyful music making. Suitable for people with no formal music training.

Intermediate to advanced

Rosalie Scott

For those with strong music literacy:- An opportunity to develop and deepen aural and musicianship skills. Fun, playful and challenging.

3.45pm - 5.00pm


Rosalie Scott.

All participants come together at the end of each day for warm ups, games, vocal development and community singing. An opportunity to develop vocal and musicianship skills and sing for the joy of it under the leadership of our expert and inclusive choir leader, Rosalie Scott.


6.00pm - 7.30pm

After Dinner

Guests to be confirmed.

Kapa Haka, West African Drumming, Folk Dancing and more.


Each evening is a stand alone event, open to the public, and included for attendees.

Inspiring International and Local Tutors

Maree Henessey
Maree Hennessy (U.S.A.)

is an internationally recognised leader, teacher, professional development facilitator and mentor in Kodály-inspired practice. Her career spans from music teacher in regional Queensland to Director of the renowned Kodály Center at Holy Names University.

Maree has extensive experience in music education across sectors and age groups – early childhood, school, university and community settings in state, independent and Catholic school systems.


Maree has developed extensive experience in teaching and learning in multi-level and mixed ability contexts, through her many years of teaching in rural and urban contexts.

Rosalie Scott
Rosalie Scott (W.A.)

is a classroom music teacher, choral director, and voice teacher, with over sixteen years’ experience teaching students from three years of age through to adults.
Winner of the 2022 Award for Excellence in Australian Kodály-inspired Music Education for Innovation and the 2022 Artgold Award for Contribution to Music, Rosalie is nationally recognised for her expertise. Her choral experience is extensive and varied having directed large class, year-level and multi-year level choirs in both secondary school and primary school settings, as well as vocal ensembles and community choral groups of all ages. Rosalie is currently the Children’s Chorus Director for the West Australian Opera in the Goldfields.

Andrew Withington
Andrew Withington (N.Z.)

has a PhD in Choral Pedagogy and a Masters in Choral Conducting Performance with First Class Honours. During his doctoral studies he created an approach to improve tuning in choirs. This approach was published in the American Choral Directors’ Association’s Choral Journal. Andrew has recently returned from the United States where he was Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Voice Area Head at Westminster College. In 2020, he was voted “Professor of the Year” at the College. As a university professor, he has taught choirs; and courses in conducting, choral literature, diction, vocal pedagogy, voice, and teacher education. For 10 years, Andrew was Artistic Director of the prestigious New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir. He is a registered teacher, and is currently freelancing as a conductor, choral consultant, teacher educator and mentor for beginning teachers.


Teacher Training



9.30am - 5pm

(includes free entrance to after dinner series)


Teaching practice, conducting, musicianship and choir. 

Successful completion of this course gives access to our 2024 mentorship programme.

Participants may arrange to pay their fee over several months.

Scholarships available for new graduates, and culture holders.

Choir Leading



12.45pm - 5pm

(includes free entrance to after dinner series)

Conducting, musicianship and choir.


Please note: We recommend Choir leaders attend full programme from 9.30am.

Participants may arrange to pay their fee over several months.

Community Music Participants



2.00pm - 5pm


(includes free entrance to after dinner series)


Includes musicianship and choir.


Community Stream participants are also welcome to attend conducting as singers/observers.

Participants may arrange to pay their fee over several months.

After dinner Series


(free for summer school participants in all streams)


Each evening is a stand alone experience.
Programme in development.
Bookings will open in December.

We have many other activities at The Muse.

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