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My PD/Conference Updates
ECCPA (Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts) Genazzano FCJ College, Cotham Road, Kew, Melbourne 16th and 17th June 2007. My presentation will be on multicultural music and movement.
ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) 40th
Anniversary Conference. Perth (Western Australia) Convention Centre 6-10
July 2007. I will be presenting two workshop sessions -
CAYPAKS (Children And Young People Are Key Stakeholders) Conference Perth Western Australia 23-25 July 2007. I will be conducting a Skills and Activity Based Workshop titled "Using Music and Movement to Empower Children at Risk".
Just when you think life's tough and you're contemplating going off to a little pity party on your own somewhere, the universe always manages to show you something to put it all back into perspective. I thought I'd share two recent events with you that totally amazed me and certainly made me very grateful and humble.
The first event was going to a concert where the world-renowned British percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, was guest musician. This woman was phenomenal. She played a variety of instruments including vibraphone, keyboard and bagpipes as well as different types of drums and cymbals, throughout the evening's performance. All were played with exceptional sensitivity and passion. She is rightly described as a virtuoso. What is so extra special about her though, is that she is totally deaf! Although not born with this disability, she acquired it at a young age. She wasn't prepared to let a detail like deafness stop her fulfilling her dream of becoming a musician on the world stage. She wrote an auto-biography aptly titled 'Good Vibrations'. She is able to feel the vibrations rather than hear the sounds, and that is how she manages to play so extraordinarily well. She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after public speaker, and even makes jewellery! Her OBE was extended to 'Dame Commander' for her services to music.
The other event was hearing Janet Shaw speak. She is
an Australian paralympian, published author and motivational speaker. Born
with a rare eye cancer, retinoblastoma, Janet lost her right eye at age 13
months, and was left with limited sight in her left eye. At age 33 she
lost her sight entirely.
What do these two have in common, apart from a major disability? More particularly, why haven't we all got it? What they have that most of us don't, is passion, drive and focus. These women are obviously talented, but so are many other people. Being talented is not enough. Let their stories inspire you next time you are feeling a little blue, feeling despondent, feeling life is not going the way you want it to. A good dose of determination and direction obviously goes a long way. Evelyn Glennie and Janet Shaw are perfect examples of that.
With age comes wisdom -
What a wonderful program incorporating various aspects of children's skill development and learning in music. Thank you for your time and effort.
Kate Bembrick, Frankland Primary School, Western Australia
|About The Author
Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA
Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her 'Kidz-Fiz-Biz' program.