Music Professional Development For Educators in 2023

Continuing Education and Professional Learning

Connect – empower – inspire with music


Workshop Facilitator

Jill Holland is passionate about sharing the beauty of song and music, into educators and children’s lives.  She enjoys empowering others to find their own unique voice, whether it be educators planning and implementing their own music programs for children, or children becoming confident to sing and say with joy, and connect with others.

Jill is a flexible and adaptable workshop facilitator, who has worked in a variety of professional learning settings, including:

  • mentor for educators at 3 tertiary early learning centres, empowering educators to explore their own musical identities and plan/implement their own music programs for children
  • music tutor at the University of Sydney, in early childhood
  • facilitator for early learning centres

Jill is a Commissioner of the Early Childhood Music Education Commission (ECME), of the International Society of Music Educators, and is aware of current research in early childhood music education.  She has made a significant contribution to the recent international virtual seminar, Making Voices Visible in Early Childhood Music, held in July 12 – 14, 2022, and hosted by the University of Sydney and the ECME Commission.

Jill also mentors undergraduate students on their Professional Experience journey, and connects music practice to the Early Years Learning Framework.

Workshops will be highly interactive with participants having the opportunity to experience rhymes, songs games and movement in a supportive and relaxed learning environment. 

No prior musical background is necessary to participate.


Educators are offered a survey which can be completed individually or with other educators in their room, to communicate their current practice in Early Childhood Music, and areas they would like to develop in Early Childhood Music.

Workshop Possibilities

Workshop 1:  Let’s Do Music:  Sing. Say. Move. Create. Grow

A general workshop for educators who work with children Birth to 5 years, including singing, saying, moving, creating, playing percussion, resources, music and picture  books.

Workshop 2:  A sense of belonging through Music:  Birth to 2 years

Fun music experiences to promote relationships, especially for infants and toddlers

Workshop 3:  Promoting children’s voices with children 3 – 5 years

Strategies to encourage children to explore their vocal range

Strategies to encourage children to contribute their ideas

Strategies to encourage children to use their speaking voice and singing voice

Workshop 4:  Exploring Inclusion and Diversity with Music in Early Childhood

Through the program, educators may develop: 

  • strategies to encourage children to explore their voices, and develop confidence in using them.
  • confidence in themselves, and help singing become a natural part of their day.
  • practical skills and knowledge using the repertoire they know and use already
  • repertoire that is suitable for the changing needs of children under 5  years
  • a repertoire of songs, rhymes and recorded music that relates to the child’s world, both family and community
  • the ability to adapt repertoire to the individual child or group environment
  • ideas for movement to music
  • ideas for percussion instruments 
  • ideas for practical resources to support the music experience links between music and EYLF outcomes.


All music activities are implemented in the context of play-based learning.

This has the benefit of making the music meaningful and memorable, strengthening relationships between children, their peers, and educators (EYLF, Outcome 1, secure, respectful, reciprocal relationships).   

  • Music activities assist in developing respect for the individual child as he/she makes decisions, and participates as a member of the group, thus building connections
  • In the music learning environment, educators are encouraged to build on the child’s strengths, by following their interest and developing their skills
  • Music experiences promote inclusion, and embrace the diversity of Australian society.
  • Music promotes “togetherness”, due to the synchrony of singing and moving together (Niland, 2015).
  • Singing and movement offer opportunities for to hear children’s voices and promote their creativity and creative thinking abilities.


Niland, A. (2015).  Row, row, row your boat: singing, identity and belonging in the nursery.  International Journal of Early Years Educations, 23,(1), 4-16.

Mode of Delivery

Face to face workshop


I am fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination.

The workshop will be run according to Covid restrictions at the time.

Possible structures

Length of Session can be adapted according to your centre’s context and requests.
Suggestions include: 1.5 hours  workshop - 2 hours workshop or Half Day workshop

Time as works for you.
Suggestions include:
6.30pm to 8.05pm (5 minutes short break) or as agreed.

An open space is needed as educators will be moving around.

Availability:     Early evening eg. from 6pm

I am a strong advocate for music in early childhood, particularly singing, and I would enjoy sharing music with you and your educators.

to take the next step in your Centre’s early childhood music education program

$100 AUD is required by direct deposit to confirm the date (which can be changed if needed), account details below.  $50 AUD will be refunded if the workshop is cancelled by your service, and a complete refund will be paid where I need to cancel due to the unexpected.

If I can be of any assistance, or answer any questions, please let me know, my email and mobile are below. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,  


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