Session 2.2: Teachers’ Toolkit for Early Childhood Teaching
Session Time: Sunday July 3, 12.00
Session: Are you on the lookout for innovative, meaningful and playful ways to engage with your younger learners? If your goals are to nurture, inspire and connect with your students, this practical workshop will give you a number of tools which you can implement straightaway in your teaching. Underpinned with quality pedagogy and understanding our students’ needs, we will focus on mind and body warm-ups and bowing basics during this session. The mind and body warm-ups will help children self-regulate, create an awareness of their body (better to do this from an early age) and give you practical exercises that are fun and playful to loosen up and remove tension. Bowing basics will cover bow hold/balance along with the basic bowing arm actions, transformed into memorable stories, songs and games, all starring the lovable dinosaur character, Stringosaurus.
Laura Carr formally trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff Wales.
Upon completing her studies, she set upon her career of teaching and performing. Laura’s work in schools in Wales along with the birth of her daughters, inspired her to look at teaching from a new perspective. Laura spent the next 10 years writing an entire curriculum of beginner resources called Stringosaurus, which continues to evolve to this day.
Laura moved to Australia in 2016 and has since set up a unique school strings program with ages 4-8 at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School.
In October 2021, Laura had the privilege of presenting at the Nova Scotia Music Educators conference, Unmasking Music Education and in the same month, released her long anticipated Early Childhood Online Resources Hub, which is currently being enjoyed by string teachers and students from around the globe.