THE JOAN KIDS CHORUS
The Joan Kids Chorus is a new and exciting course at Penrith Conservatorium. Designed for primary school aged children in Years 3 to 6, in this course your child will learn how to properly warm up and care for their voice, sing in unison, canon, and two and three part harmony.
Repertoire covered will include contemporary and traditional styles, with classical repertoire to support a solid musical foundation, and pop and musical theatre songs to engage and excite your child. Developing their musicality and awareness of musical styles, the young choristers will have fun as they develop their skills through warm ups and technical exercises, fun songs and rounds as well as learning a diverse range of repertoire. The choir will perform at Penrith Conservatorium’s end of year concert, as well as having other performance opportunities throughout the year.
Tuesdays & Fridays, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Ensemble Room 2, $10 per week (payment is per term) + $10 Education Membership per term (unless already enrolled in lessons/other ensembles at Penrith Conservatorium).
To get involved, please email us or call the Conservatorium on 4723 7611.
ABOUT THE TUTORS
Joanne Scott (Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm)
Joanne Scott is an experienced and dedicated music educator who is passionate about giving students the highest quality music experiences. Joanne’s students are motivated to learn via skills based activities that encourage improvisation and creativity. Joanne’s interest in professional development has resulted in a wide knowledge of music education including extensive study in the area of Orff Schulwerk. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Education in Music from the University of Newcastle as well as Orff Schulwerk Music and Movement Teacher Certification (Level 4 & Symposium) from Salzburg. As well as Joanne’s experience as a music educator in schools and as a school and community choirs conductor, she also has extensive experience teaching flute and with music therapy.
Naomi Cooper (Fridays, 4.30pm-5.30pm)
Naomi Cooper is a freelance musician based in Sydney, Australia. Naomi graduated from a Bachelor of Music with distinction and went on to be awarded first Class Honours for her research project, Two Hands, Many Voices: Learning to be a choral director. She has recently completed her doctoral thesis, Sing to me: learning to direct community choirs. Naomi is currently working as a choral conductor, performer, sessional academic and guitar teacher.
As a choral conductor, Naomi has extensive experience working with children’s, school, university and community choirs and is in high demand across Sydney. Current roles include Choral Conductor at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, Choir Director at the International Grammar School Sydney, Choir Director of the New Day Carers Choir and Assistant Conductor for the Sutherland Shire Choral Society. She has previously conducted for Sydney Children’s Choir, Blue Mountains Choral Society, University of Western Sydney Community Choir and was Musical Director for NSW of the Australian Youth Choir. She regularly conducts in professional venues including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall, Chatswood Concourse and Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as at private and public events. Naomi’s expertise in the area of choral conducting has been recognised through publications in books, journal articles and conference proceedings. She has presented her research on community choirs both interstate (Hobart, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney) and internationally (Singapore, Brazil, Japan, and Scotland).
As a chorister, Naomi has performed extensively with Sydney Philharmonia’s widely acclaimed youth choir VOX. She has performed in many concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Howard Shore’s The Lord of The Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers), Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades. She also performed in a concert conducted by renowned choral composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, as well as many other concerts presented by Sydney Philharmonia. Naomi toured with VOX to Canberra, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
Naomi trained as a classical guitarist and performs as a freelance musician on a regular basis. In addition to her classical training, Naomi is experienced in a range of other styles including pop and rock, having performed as a guitarist and vocalist with several pop/rock bands. Naomi is a vibrant guitar teacher with experience teaching children and adults of all ages. Naomi is passionate about music education and believes in universal access to high quality music education. Naomi’s structured, sequential and enjoyable approach to guitar tuition involves tailoring lessons to individual students’ learning styles, personalities, interests and existing skill set to ensure the best learning outcomes for all students. Naomi’s capacity to develop a strong rapport with her students fosters a love of music and learning.
Naomi has worked as a sessional academic for choir at Western Sydney University and for vocal studies and popular music studies at Macquarie University. She has worked as a research assistant on several research projects within the Department Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. Naomi’s own research has been published both nationally and internationally and she has recently been invited to collaborate on several research projects with colleagues in Australia and overseas.