Marcia Howard, Music Educator
Marcia’s experience as a Vocal Director, and Performing Arts teacher over the past thirty years, combined with her professional music career as a singer-songwriter has given her a great breadth of experience as both a music educator and performer. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and understanding of singing and songwriting in both her vocal and songwriting masterclass sessions at festivals, concerts, schools and conferences. Marcia has a Research Master’s Degree in Education, Monash University (her thesis and C.D of five songs are about songwriting and belonging to place through song). She has also released five solo albums.
Marcia currently conducts vocal masterclasses at Collarts in Melbourne as a part of the Music Performance Degree. She is a casual lecturer in Music Education at Deakin University, Geelong. Marcia is trained in using the Estill vocal method, which looks at using the anatomy of the voice for vocal production and how to use the voice to create different vocal sounds. Vocal yoga breathing and various warm-up methods are employed in her sessions and she will teach you two, three-part harmony songs to sing with her in a live performance.
"In my 5 years as Casting & Music Producer on The Voice Australia, I've come across thousands of Australian singers, and Marcia Howard is among the finest of them all. Her musicality, connection and depth of experience are beyond comparison. It was an absolute pleasure and delight to be able to meet, work with and learn from Marcia during her time on The Voice Season 5."
Rachel Rigg, Music Producer, The Voice, Season 5, 2016.
Cinders was amazing and I want to say a big thank you for directing it. Thank you for working with the rest of the staff throughout the term to develop the wonderful performance by our kids that we saw last night.
Your expertise and clear view of what needed to be done to ensure that every child felt supported and happy while performing was a key to our success. To be able to achieve what we did in one term was astounding and we have all learnt so much from you – children and adults.
There has been a wonderful buzz in the school today and many positive comments and messages of congratulations from parents as well as from kids and teachers. It has been a pleasure to work with you Marcia.
Thanks again and best wishes".
Jenny Cowburn, Principal St Leonards Primary School (2018).
MEd Monash University (Research Masters. Belonging Through Song).
Dip T. ACU, Cert IV Music, VIT registered. Estill Vocal Method, level 1 & 2. Grade 6 Voice, A.M.E.B. Grade 5 piano, Trinity College, London.
Vocal Yoga classes
Live performance sound and visual presentation classes.
Preparing a stage plan.
Using 'pro tools' software recording for live work and songwriting process.
Music publishing, protecting coyright.
The Business of Music and putting on a show and getting an audience, promotion and publicity.
Harmony. Reading music and improvisation of parts for live and recorded performance.
Classroom music teacher year prep-12.
Classroom drama teacher, year prep to Year 11.
Voice lessons, piano and guitar lessons
Director of school musical productions
Deakin University, Geelong and Warrnambool, Music Education lecturer.
Vocal Masterclasses, Collarts Melbourne, Music Performance Degree students.
Judge Battle of The Bands.
Eisteddfod and school choir director and piano accompanist.
Vocal Director for school musicals and piano accompanist.
Songwriting workshops, secondary & tertiary students.
Working with indigenous artists in an educational setting creating pedagogy with music song dance and story.
Vocal workshops using sheet music, improvisation, harmony and singing in local languages. Festivals and concerts.
Creating methodology and course content using relevant pedagogy for performing arts content, primary, secondary and tertiary.
VET music teacher, Year 11.
Performing Arts Teaching.
John Pujujangka Pirin School, Mulan, Great Sandy Desert West Australia. 1991.
Bellarine Peninsula Schools 1997-2001. 2015-2018.
Institute of Korri Education, Deakin Uni Geelong (1998).
Emmanuel College, secondary school, Warrnambool (2005-2014)
St Joseph's primary school, Warrnambool (2002-2005).
Caulfield Grammar Wheelers Hill, 2018 (Songwriting workshops, Year 8).
Northern Bay College Corio, Geelong (Performing Arts. 2017).
Collarts, Music Performance Degree, Melbourne (2015-2018) Music Education.
Deakin University, Geelong & Warrnambool ( 2017-2018). Music Education.
Aspire Geelong. Indigenous music composition workshops (2018).
Kaleidescope, soundscape, movement and indigenous story workshops with primary schools, Blakiston Theatre, Geelong Performing Arts Centre (2018).
St Leonards Primary School. Musical Director, 'Cinders' (2018).
Primary School Teachers voice care workshop (Deakin Uni 2017).
"Marcia's voice workshop was great. Pre-service teachers need to learn to use and care for one of their most important teaching tools – their voice. The Victorian Department of Education and Training recognises that voice care is essential to teachers’ professional and personal health and wellbeing. However, voice projection and protection is sometimes a neglected aspect of teachers’ professional learning. This workshop enables pre-service teachers to practise using their voice in different ways, understand how the voice works and how to care for it and learn how to use the voice and non-verbal communication to develop a safe and supportive learning environment (AITSL Standard 4). It does this in a fun and interactive way."
Rebecca Cairns, Deakin University, MALT Education Lecturer. September 2017.