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Davina McClure

Davina obtained a B. Mus. Ed. from the University of Melbourne where she was awarded the Florence Bradford Scholarship.  She has since undertaken postgraduate studies in choral conducting at Monash University.  Davina has taught Kindergarten to Year 12 and her teaching appointments have included St. Michael's Collegiate School, Hobart, Korowa Anglican Girls' School, Melbourne and Head of Music at Malvern Campus, Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne.  She is currently Director of Music at The Hamilton and Alexandra College, Victoria. 

Davina has a special interest in children's choirs and has conducted the Preparatory Choir of The Young Voices of Melbourne.  Her interest also led to collaboration with composer Paul Jarman in creating the song cycle, 'Beyond the White Sails'.  Davina is committed to the development of music education through teacher training.  She has presented at both State and National music conferences in Kodaly and Orff, throughout Victoria, ACT and NSW and is the co-author of 'Take Note Music' books and resources for the primary music classroom.









Ruth Friend           

Ruth completed a B. Ed. (Music) from Melbourne State College, and a Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance at the Institute of Early Childhood Development, Melbourne.  Her broad teaching experience encompasses classroom, instrumental and movement programs from Kindergarten through to University level.  Ruth's teaching career has been based in Melbourne where she has held the positions of Head of Junior School Music, Westbourne Grammar School and Wind Co-ordinator at Lauriston Girls' School. She is currently teaching Years Prep - 7 at Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne. 


Her publications include the flute tutor, 'Put the Beat in ya Feet', and she is the co-author of 'Take Note Music' books and resources for the primary music classroom.  Ruth is an experienced facilitator in teacher training, having presented at music education conferences in Singapore, Queensland, NSW, ACT, SA and Victoria.  As an active member of the Victorian Kodaly Committee, Ruth passionately supports music teachers and encourages quality music education in Australia.



Since completing their Primary Kodaly training, Davina and Ruth have created the Take Note Music program. This is designed to aid the teacher in the written practice of music for children. Extension activities are suggested which are designed to meet the needs of individual students. The authors hope they spark activities and ideas in both teachers and students.












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