2022 Award Recipient for Excellence in Australian Kodály-inspired Music Education: Innovation
Nominated by Katharine Finlayson
Response to Selection Criteria
Joel Copeland is a highly innovative and nationally regarded leader dedicated to the provision of professional learning in Kodály music education. Through Joel’s forward thinking and inclusive approach the Australian and international Kodály communities have had increased access to inspiring ideas in music education. Through the recent challenging years of Covid 19 Joel’s work has brought our music education communities closer and our networks have been strengthened. Joel’s personal commitment to the highest quality of music education for all of our students has been evident through the innovative opportunities he has provided.
In 2018, Joel was appointed to the role of convenor of the 2020 Kodály Australia Conference. Joel brought strong leadership and a fresh perspective to the planning of this major event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joel and the conference committee made the decision to postpone the conference until 2022.
In lieu of holding this national event, Joel led the planning and delivery of the 2020 Kodály Australia Virtual Summit, one of the first national music professional learning events held online due to the pandemic. The Summit included keynote presentations from international educators, live and recorded musical performances, messages of support from the Federal Education Minister, Hungarian Ambassador and the Governor General’s wife as well as workshop sessions focussed on a range of topics from primary, early childhood and secondary methodology, choral, musicianship and games. Each of the workshop sessions led the over 300 delegates through specific teaching strategies relevant to Kodály music education. In leading the vision for this event and implementation of the initiative, Joel was directly responsible for leading colleagues to improve student learning and outcomes using expert knowledge.
Joel worked closely with the Music Ed Net team to facilitate the online delivery of the Summit. Key Note speakers, presenters and delegates connected remotely from many locations across Australia and internationally. The planning for the Summit was impressive with many of the normal benefits and features of a live conference event achieved digitally through Joel’s innovative and flexible approach. Professional dialogue was facilitated with delegates encouraged to ask questions via the live chat function throughout each of the pre-recorded sessions with the presenters live on the chat line to type back responses as the session was played. At the end of each session, Joel then hosted a live Q and A with each presenter where he asked moderated questions from delegates that had been typed into the chat line. Joel organised a series of breakout sessions during the Summit where delegates had the opportunity to engage in professional dialogue via zoom with a focus on remote learning. The committee recorded these sessions in order to facilitate the review of the Summit and to use the feedback to inform planning for the 2022 Kodály Australia Conference. Joel selected high profile music educators to moderate discussion in these breakout rooms and to ensure the quality of the discussion was of the highest standard and informed by current research.
Joel is now leading the planning and delivery of the 2022 Kodály Australia Conference ‘Spring into Song: Sustaining the Vision’ as Conference Convenor. He is bringing the same clarity of vision to the planning of this event which aims to celebrate our diversity of culture and educational contexts as well as new growth and innovation, reimagining Kodály’s vision and its application in Australia today.
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