Music and Choirs in School: Creative Expression

New course dates: 27 June to 3 July 2020

We all want to CREATE, we all want to EXPRESS ourselves. Everyone regardless of their upbringing and prior training has a voice that can be used as a tool of expression. In addition, participating in a choir gives students many real-life lessons and skills. They learn how to behave in front of audience, how to perform, cooperate with each other and be sensitive to one another.

Music plays a privileged role in the educational process at St. Stanislav’s Institution. In a quarter of century an incomparable choir pyramid has been formed, starting with class choirs in the first three years of primary school, then expanding over two primary school choirs to five secondary school choirs and up to alumni choirs. Such a choral pyramid is unique not only in Slovenia but also in Europe.

Why choose this course?

This course is a great choice for teachers who want to:

  • get some insights into the organisation of a choir system
  • become familiar with different methods and techniques required to lead a choir in all its aspects (material selection, vocal technique, choir rehearsal, performing)
  • understand the importance of making music classes less dependent on the curriculum and more responsive to the lives of the students
  • get some examples of formative assessment in music classes
  • get fresh ideas that can be used in their classroom 
  • become aware of the importance of encouraging students to engage in musical activities for their development 
  • become familiar with different approaches to promote cultural and artistic expression among the young



Preliminary programme 

Saturday, 27 June

arrivals, registration and check in

dinner (19:00)

introduction to the course, getting to know each other, a short tour of our school centre

Sunday, 28 June

observing the rehearsals of the Slovene Children’s Choir (+ discussing approaches, repertoire etc.)

observing the rehearsals of the Slovene Children’s Choir (+ discussing approaches, positive effects of singing, how to engage students in musical activities etc.)

free evening

Monday, 29 June

observing the rehearsals of the Slovene Children’s Choir (+ discussing how to prepare singers for a performance, motivate them etc.)  

trip to Novo mesto (city tour, concert: optional, free time)

Tuesday, 30 June

observing the rehearsals of the Slovene Children’s Choir (+ exchanging good practice)

observing the final rehearsal before a big concert in the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall or free time in the city of Ljubljana

attending the concert (+giving feedback)

international evening with the participants of other courses

Wednesday, 1 July

observing the rehearsals of Megaron Chamber Choir (+ presentation of choral singing in St. Stanislav’s Institution: how to select singers and motivate them, choose a repertoire, plan rehearsals, concerts etc.)

guided city tour of Ljubljana + early dinner in a traditional restaurant

attending the opening concert of the Ljubljana Festival in which Megaron Chamber Choir participates

Thursday, 2 July

Formative Assessment in Music (examples of good practice, giving feedback, considering the initial level of the child’s musical development, encouraging self-evaluation etc.)

optional modules (each participant will choose two)

activities evening

Friday, 3 July

Musical Projects in Slovenia (school choirs, class-singing festivals, music schools, choir competitions and festivals etc.)

visit to the Republic of Slovenia Public fund for Cultural Activities

evaluation + certificate ceremony

Observation and Participation in the Slovene Children’s Choir

(The so-called Slovene Children’s Choir is a choir summer camp held annually at St. Stanislav’s Institution. Over 100 primary school singers from different parts of Slovenia come together for a week and work with a well-known conductor and componist Damijan Močnik and some of his colleagues. The repertoire of the choir varies from year to year. The week of intensive rehearsals ends with a big concert in the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall. You will participate in the rehearsals, observe the work of the conductors and discuss the repertoire, approaches etc.)

Choral Singing in St. Stanislav’s Institution

(At St. Stanislav’s Institution we have 5 secondary school choirs, 2 primary school choirs, 2 alumni choirs and 38 class choirs … Different choirs have different aims, repertoires, methods of work etc. Three of the choirs are well known for their achievements in national and international competitions, tours, collaboration with other choirs and orchestras. However, fostering choral singing and engaging as many students as possible in musical activities require a lot of knowledge, reflection and planning. Everything from A to Z on that. Setting up a system in your school, selecting singers, preparing the repertoire and programme for the year, planning choir rehearsals, leading rehearsals and vocal technique for singers, conducting and performing.)

Formative Assessment in Music 
(Examples of good practice, giving feedback, considering the initial level of the child’s musical development, encouraging self-evaluation etc.)

Musical Projects in Slovenia
(Class-singing festivals, school choirs, music schools, choir competitions and festivals, conducting, Public Fund for Cultural Activities)

The team

Damijan Močnik
course coordinator

Damijan Močnik has been working as a music teacher, conductor and artistic leader of musical activities at St. Stanislav's Institution since 1993. In addition, he has been teaching composition at the Academy for Music in Ljubljana. He has received numerous awards with his choirs and is the founder and artistic leader of the Slovene Children's Choir. He is currently among the most performed contemporary Slovenian composers.

Nadja Janežič
course instructor

Nadja Janežič has been teaching music and conducting the youth choir at the Alojzij Šuštar Primary School since 2010. With her choirs, she stages musicals, collaborates in different school choral events and participates in various competitions.

What is included in the course package?

  • course contents and materials
  • additional optional modules and a sharing best practice event
  • coffee and other refreshments throughout the course
  • full-board accommodation 
  • rich social programme
  • a series of networking opportunities

For more information, see other sections of the webiste. 

One last summary 

  • 6 intensive working sessions in a smaller group
  • approachable and hands-on teacher trainers
  • 2 optional modules to personalise your course
  • many opportunities for networking and exchange of good practices
  • rich social programme
  • full-board accommodation 

Everything in the price of €1,300.

A chance to get an Erasmus+ grant of around €2,000.