Professional Learning

2019 Professional Learning Program

ASME XXIInd NATIONAL CONFERENCE – Perth, October 2-4, 2019. See conference website:

Further information about ASME Professional Learning for Terms 3 & 4 in 2019 to be advised.

TERM 2, 2019


June 14 (4-8.30pm) & June 15 (8.30am-3pm), Venue: Education Development Centre

Keynotes by Robyn Ewing, John Saunders, Robin Pascoe.

Masterclasses and panel sessions with successful artists, workshops run by Arts educators. Registration information coming soon to ASME (SA) website.

TERM 1, 2019

Saturday 16 March, 8.30am-1pm – Creative Active Music Education

Music Viva in Schools/ASO/ASME collaborative event – book here

Event flyer here

Keynote speakers: Professor Gary McPherson, Associate Professor Katie Dawson. Cost: $50.

Venue: Thebarton Community Centre, Cnr South Road & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville

 Saturday 16 February, 8.30am-12.30pm – SACE workshops

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh.

Focusing on the practical nature of managing the new courses for the classroom teacher – flyer here

Register at:

$45 ASME Members, $80 Non-Members

Thursday 24 January – SACE Teach Meet 

Time: 4.30-6.30pm
Where: Caledonian Hotel, 219 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide
Click on this link to book your attendance.

2018 Professional Learning Program


ASME (SA) Networking Event and AGM – being held on October 25, 4.30-6.30pm at The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street. AGM will be at 5.30pm.  Flyer here. Please RSVP @

Young Composers Award concert – evening of Monday November 26, 2018 – save the date. Details to be advised.


Launch of Indigenous Australian Music Resource, Thursday September 27, 4.30-6pm. 

Venue: Nosh Nook, 111 Unley Road, Unley. Drinks and nibbles to share in order to celebrate the completion of this Resource. Invitation here.

RSVP to: 0412 255 209 by September 22.

After working on the CEASA funded ‘Indigenous Australian Music in Schools: what is best practice?’ project for 18 months, ASME SA is pleased to launch a resource for those teaching Indigenous Australian repertoire or topics in schools. Intended to be used from digital format, the booklet will be accessed on the ASME SA website and updated regularly.

STEM Powered Music – with keynote speaker Dr. Elliott Gann from USA

Date: Saturday September 1, morning or full day. Flyer here.

Venue: Cabra College, 225 Cross Road, Cumberland Park.

For session details, what to bring and registration, visit

ASME Members and Concession: $70/Full day, $35/Half day

Non-Members: $90/Full day, $50/Half day, Students: $50/Full Day


8:30 am: Registration and tea/coffee
9-9:50 Welcome and Keynote from Elliot Gann

10-11:00 Choice of 3 STEM related workshops

11-11:30 Morning Tea
11:30-12:30 Choice of 3 STEM related workshops

12.30-1.30pm Farewell to half day participants/Lunch
1.30-4.30pm Dr. Elliot Gann Advanced Hip Hop workshop for Full Day Participants


SACE Performance Mock Benchmarking 

Date: Thursday May 17, 5pm-6.30pm

Venue: St Mary’s College, 253 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Register by May 14th at:

Free for ASME & AHOMINGS members, $25 for non-members. Flyer here


SACE-ified: Music Renewal Forum – Wednesday March 14, 5pm-7pm, Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh.

Cost: ASME members – free; non-members $25. Further info – flyer here – (*link to register on form is not working – use the following link):

Register now at:


Innovation in the Music Classroom – Saturday February 17, 2018; 8.30am-1pm at Thebarton Community Centre

Keynote Speaker: James Humberstone; Practical Workshop Presenter: Adam Page.

This symposium explores inquiry-based learning in music, innovation in pedagogy, alternative approaches to composition and music extension activities. Suitable for primary and secondary music specialists, and teachers interested in innovative approaches to teaching classroom music. Co-presented by Musica Viva, ASME and ASO. Further info – see Innovation Music Classroom Flyer


2017 Professional Learning Program

Term 4

Indigenous Australian Music in Schools – Sharing Ideas – Thursday November 23, 5-6.30pm

Venue: Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Sharing Ideas flyer here

Register by 16th November to present or attend by visiting


Young Composers Award Concert – Monday November 27th – 7pm (venue and time tbc)

Term 3

Indigenous Music Symposium – Thursday August 3rd, 4.30-6.30pm

Venue: Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Flyer available to download Indigenous Music In Schools Symposium Flyer 2017
Register now at

How do we best incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in classroom music learning? What resources are available to us in South Australia that facilitate authentic cultural understanding that meets Australian Curriculum requirements? Join us as we hear from noted Indigenous Artists and Educators as we discuss what best practice is when teaching and using Aboriginal and Torres Strait Music in the classroom.

This symposium marks the beginning of a series of professional learning opportunities for music educators on this important topic. Following this symposium, teachers will have the opportunity to partake in innovative, collaborative inquiry project to further explore best practice and present professional learning for others.

The aims of this project are
– To develop a physical resource (PDF document) for teachers to access via the ASME website that will include reference materials, repertoire and information about ATSI music.
– To establish ongoing partnerships with relevant organisations, institutions, businesses and individuals to support the work into the future and
– To present professional learning opportunities to share the learning from the project.

Speakers include:

The Symposium will include a demonstration: teaching young children an Indigenous song.


Band Conducting Workshop, Wednesday June 28th, 4.30-7.30pm (Week 9, Term 2).

ASME (SA) is pleased to be collaborating with the Australian Band and Orchestra Director’s Association [ABODA] to present a practical Conducting workshop during which we are fortunate to have the services of the Burnside Youth Concert Band [BYCB]. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to conduct the BYCB, with preparation and guidance to be provided by ABODA (SA) President, Mr Darryl Pope.

Further details and registration information here.

Register online by June 19  JUNE 21 at:

ASME (SA) – SACE Music Consultation Forum – second free session was held on Tuesday May 2, 2017 – 7.30-9pm at EDC, Hindmarsh.

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Music Subject Consultation process – closing date for responses was Friday 5th May 2017.

ASME (SA) Position Statement – see link here:  Asmesa Saceconsultationresponse

All documents relating to the SACE Music Subject Consultation process are available via the following link.

Link to flyer – Sace Music Consultation Forum1

Term 1

(a) Teacher forum: So, you want to build a school music program? – presented by Musica Viva In Schools, ASME & Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Keynote presenters: Dr Anita Collins and Dr James Cuskelly.

Saturday February 25, 2017, 8:30am – 1pm at Thebarton Community Centre, Corner South Road & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville. Link to flyer – Feb 25 Teacher Symposium A4

Bookings: $50, visit Places are limited, book early to secure your spot.

(b) SACE Benchmarking: Wednesday March 8, 5-6.30pm, Prince Alfred College, 23 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town. Link to flyer – Sace Benchmarking Final 2.

Register at:


Term 2

Conducting workshop – June 28

Term 2 vacation July 19 & 20 – non-residential Composing Camp (see Young Composers section for details)


Term 4  – Young Composers Awards Concert


In 2016, ASME’s Professional Learning Program included the following events:

Young Composers Awards Concert, Monday 28th November, 7.30pm, Hartley Concert Room, Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide, Kintore Avenue.

Jazz and Folk Music in your classroom – Saturday 5th November, 9am-1pm, at Unley High School. Link to flyer here – ASME Term 4 Flyer 2016  2016

Term 2Saturday 18th June, Brighton Secondary School – Young Composers in the Classroom – workshop for teachers.  Link to flyer – ASME T2 2016 Flyer Young Composers In The Classroom

Term 1: Saturday 19th March – Arts curriculum conference in conjunction with CEASA – Registration form here

Tuesday 22nd March, 4.30-6pm, SACE benchmarking, St Mary’s College, 253 Franklin St, Adelaide.

Detailed info here and Wufoo registration link here

Photos from some Professional Learning events:

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