Expert coaching from our team
specifically designed for international school music educators
The MTIIS specialises in professional learning for music educators working in the unique context of international schooling. All of our experts have extensive experience teaching music and leading teams in international schools around the world.
Professional Learning can be offered in either online or in-person formats.
Currently, we are offering coaching in:
- Curriculum design and development
- Teacher transitions - moving between Early Years, Primary, Secondary
- Preparation for IB, IGCSE and A Level teaching (tailored to your course)
- Music technology integration at all levels
- Music department leadership
- Approaching culturally diverse music
Our Professional Learning Team
In alphabetical order (by surname):
Transition to International School Music Teaching
Moving from IB to 'British-style' (or vice versa)
Jana did her music education and English language/literature training in Slovakia before moving to the UK to begin her music teaching career. Jana has since worked as a music educator in Tanzania, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and Thailand. She believes Music is the language of equality. It does not see race, gender, colour or religion. Jana provides wonderful insight and support to those moving to an international school teaching position.
Chris Koelma (Director)
Int. School Music Department Leadership, Vision & Strategy
Musical Theatre Production Frameworks
Music Education Pedagogy and Technology Integration Primary/PYP
Chris worked as a Head of Music in schools in Argentina and Malaysia. He completed a Masters of Educational Studies (Creative Arts Specialisation) and is currently completing his PhD looking specifically at music education in the context of International schools. Chris is the host of the MTIIS Podcast and is the Director of Beginner Orchestra, a website redefining the way orchestral arrangements are composed and supplied to schools. Chris is currently teaching music education pedagogy, international education & globalisation at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Dr. Jennifer Walden
Culturally Diverse Music Pedagogies
Connecting with Culture & Community through Music
Research in Music Education & International Schools
With a PhD in the field of cultural diversity in music education, many years of experience teaching music in international schools, and presentations at over 50 conferences around the world, Jennifer has mastered the craft of engaging students in musical activities that span many cultures and generations. Her approach is truly global, teaching culturally diverse understanding, awareness, and appreciation through music.
Jennifer’s teaching style is complemented by her ability to play a multitude of instruments from every corner of the world. She has also studied diverse singing styles and trained with dance professionals in many different genres of movement. Taiwan was Jennifer’s first international school experience – it continued with Colombia, Syria, Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic. For Jennifer, the learning never stops: in each location she studies the language, instruments, vocal styles, and movement.
Int. School Music Curriculum Design and Development
Teacher Transitions - moving between early years, primary and secondary.
Preparation for IB, GCSE and A Level Teaching
Kirrili teaches The Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the Australian Catholic University. Her wide-ranging experience has included undergraduate study in instrumental pedagogy and psychology, establishment of a successful Sydney music school, and head of department/faculty roles across Early Years, Primary and Secondary.
Kirrili has worked in schools in the UK, Australia, Oman and China. She holds a Dip. ABRSM in piano performance, a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Arts) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Education (International Education) degree from the University of Sydney. Kirrili is the founder and Director of Paperbark Publishing, producing resources for music teachers in the international context.
Curriculum Design and Development MYP & IBDP
Music Technology integration MYP and IBDP
Composition - Game & Film Music
Sam is an international music educator whose teaching integrates technology alongside a strong focus on music pedagogy. He is also the author of the MYP Music by Concept Book with Hodder Education that shares his approach in building creative tasks for all types of Music Classrooms.
After earning his Masters Degree in Music Technology in 2010, he began teaching the Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma (DP) Programs before moving internationally. Always interested in looking forward, he began an Advanced Professional Certificate in Orchestration for Film and TV with Berklee College as well as studying Orff Pedagogy to combine good practice with an eye on the future. He has since travelled to Asia and Europe to present works and co-create curriculum with other educators. A highlight was being featured in the International Baccalaureate’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Vienna (2018) as an innovative educator.
We provide tailored professional learning proposals for schools...in fact, we design each experience specifically for your context.
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