Music Tree Summer training course

Welcome to our three-day course for teachers in Verona, Italy, focused on our courses “Growing with Music” and “Sing and Play” for children ages 3-8.

Empowering children’s creativity

A child-led approach to music education

The course is designed for teachers looking to enhance their teaching skills and deepen their understanding of innovative teaching techniques based on Gordon’s Musical Learning Theory and Tiziana’s personal research about body music, children’s psychology and neuromusic.

During the course, we will explore the world of music education for children ages 3-5 and 5-8, with a particular focus on:

  • developing their musicality whilst guiding them in their discovery of group work,
  • instrumental learning,
  • body music and
  • other cognitive and social skills.

We will delve into the Music Tree’s approach and explore how to apply it to create musical games and creative activities that make learning music fun and engaging for children.


Growing with music


In the Growing with Music section, we will discuss the development of children between 3 and 5 years old and the importance of encouraging their natural inclination to sing, dance, and play instruments. We will share our experience in group music activities that help children develop their singing and coordination, learn to play together, respect others, share their ideas, and foster their cognitive, psychomotor, and socio-emotional development. This part of the course will also includes aspects of the work with parents and children together.

Foto iniziale 3-5 anni

The focus

Tiziana will teach you child-led music activities based on movement, listening and singing, that you will be able to use with your group of students straight away. She will share practical ideas taken from years of experience working with children in various settings (private and public school, nurseries and after school clubs).

Sing and Play


In the Sing and Play section of the course, Tiziana will share her experience in creating a positive and inclusive environment for children ages 5-8 to explore their curiosity in music through creative games, group playing, composition and improvisation. We will discuss the benefits of allowing children to try and play a variety of instruments to help them find what they love about music before taking their next step on their musical journey.

Group Sessions Children 5-8

The focus

The participants of the course will learn songs and activities taken from Music Tree’s music curriculum that focus on the development of coordination, singing, and playing musical instruments through an ear-led approach.

What makes Music Tree’s approach to music education special?


A sequential approach to music learning

At Music Tree, we believe in providing a sequential approach to music learning that supports the development of our young student. Our approach breaks down complex musical concepts into smaller, more manageable steps, allowing students to learn at a pace that is appropriate for their level of understanding.

Through this process, students gradually develop their musical knowledge and skills, leading to a deeper understanding of music.

Free exploration activities, singing and body music accompany the child in a playful and engaging learning for the discovery of the most important musical aspects (such as rhythm, melody and harmony). This makes it easier to learn the instrument.

Building on movement, Music Tree approach creates an inclusive learning environment, where children of all abilities can participate without frustration. Movement-based activities allow children to use their whole body to interact with music, which helps develop coordination, fine motor skills and space-time awareness, which are essential in the game of music.

This helps the students understanding of music and they can apply this knowledge to learning an instrument, fully interacting with the music and developing their skills in a natural and intuitive way. 


The importance of free exploration

Movement and free exploration play an essential role in music learning not only for rhythm but also for singing and pitch. This is because movement is closely connected to the ability to hear and comprehend music.

As they move and respond to the music, they are developing their ability to hear, imitate and coordinate their musical thoughts with movement. When they eventually begin to sing or play an instrument, they are drawing on this foundation of musical understanding.

Additionally, movement and free exploration can help to foster a sense of creativity and ownership in children’s musical development. When they are encouraged to explore the music through movement and play, they are given the opportunity to make their own musical choices and express their own ideas. This can be particularly empowering for young children, who are still developing their sense of self and their ability to express themselves in different ways.

Overall, the sequential approach of using movement as a foundation for music learning is a powerful way to develop children’s musicality and creativity, as well as their overall cognitive and physical development. At Music Tree, we prioritise this approach and have seen the positive impact it can have on children’s musical development and their love for music.

Stephan Hein


The course will take place in the beautiful Italian lake-town Valeggio sul Mincio, Verona.

Dates and fees

  • Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of July
  • 6 hours per day
  • €230 (including €30 – membership fee with insurance)
  • Registration before 31st of May
  • Course in Italian and English


Casa di spiritualità Fontanafredda


  • Half board single bedroom €50
  • Full board single bedroom €60
  • Half board double bedroom €45
  • Full board double bedroom €55
  • Single meal €17


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Subscription to the course: Accademia Amadeus

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