Course Description

Rock ‘n’ Roll harnessed the power of 'The Teenager', sparking a movement that changed everything.

In this hands-on workshop, Brad Fuller and his colleague Peter Orenstein will show you the 'Hands-On History of Rock ‘n’ Roll' from the students’ perspective.

We’ve designed a program that takes a student from no experience to rockin’ out at school concerts in a matter of weeks.

Rock 'n' Roll, baby!

Through a series of scaffolded projects, students learn about the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll by playing it.

Learn how we carefully choose and adapt repertoire to allow every student the opportunity to play in a band and learn the fundamentals of drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and Rock ‘n’ Roll vocals.

We’ve seen the power of this program to inspire the next generation of musicians and this is an opportunity to jump on board as we take you on a journey that starts at the emergence of 'The Teenager' and the 'Rebel with a Cause':

  • music and the civil rights movement;

  • the invisible women of 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll;

  •  technology as a catalyst for Rock ‘n’ Roll;

  • the rise of mass media.

You’ll not only learn about Gig Based Learning pedagogy, you’ll try it for yourself.

You will also learn how to set up your classroom to facilitate easy rehearsal and performance opportunities that don’t stress you out.

Participants in this course will have ongoing access to the full suite of resources required to teach this unit.


Music teachers and music tutors

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn: Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and Implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs: Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.

Via Zoom

You will be sent the details of how to join this PD the day before the course runs.

$  349 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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Set Up

15 minutes

A presentation outlining the background of Brad and Pete and the concept of “A Hands-On History of Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

Everyone's a Musician

1 hour

  • Forming bands and the rule of 7
  • What does being in a band mean for students? And teachers?
  • The run sheet

The Physical

1 hour

  • Drums, bass, electric guitar, keys, vocals
  • Everything begins and ends with the Green Room
  • The Stations: 
    • The Creation Station
    • The Jam Station
    • The Stage
    • The Jam Room

The Virtual

1 hour

  • The mirror image: Physical to virtual
  • Chunking
  • The LMS: In-flipping your classroom
  • Apps

Putting the Music to Work / How the Gigs Interconnect

1 hour

  • Creating a narrative arc
  • Selecting repertoire
  • Scaffolding learning

Wrap Up

15 minutes

Question time

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This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.



Gig Based Learning  (GBL)

Gig Based Learning (GBL)

Gig Based Learning is a musically informed, philosophically driven learning design and facilitation process. It gives teachers tools to provide students with opportunities for active, engaging, real-world music(k)ing with/for an authentic audience. Building on the integrated learning experiences model - performance, composition, musicology, aural, GBL puts all of these experiences to work for the benefit of producing a great gig, contextualising the learning for the student so that it’s ‘just in time’ not ‘just in case’