Positive Education


Positive Education

Principles & Practice for Implementing a Positive Education Approach

Presented by Lyn Spiteri, VMTA Vice President

Date: Thursday 28 May
Time: 7.30pm (AEST)
Location: Online via Zoom


PD Certificate Provided

How to incorporate positive psychology and constructive thinking into your teaching for improved student confidence and well being!


  • Are you noticing a growing apathy in your students, increased anxiety, or a fear of failure?
  • Are you concerned about their emotional states and connectedness to the world around them?
  • Would you like to ensure your students benefit from a teaching approach that encourages resilience and positive thinking? 

This session will provide an overview of the field of Positive Education and how the implementation of a Positive Education Program can inform instrumental and ensemble music teaching. You will receive an introduction to positive psychology and learn about the elements and practices of mindfulness, flow, mindset and resilience.

Our current education system is designed around high-stakes testing, with a competitive ‘outcome-based’ approach given more importance than a ‘needs-based’ approach. With mental health issues on the rise, a rebalancing is required. Instrumental music teachers and students will benefit from ensuring a healthy balance of performance success with holistic well-being. Positive education is the umbrella term for a number of approaches and interventions to wellbeing that promote positive states and foster confidence and resilience in an educational setting. This is of high importance in these current challenging times for us all. 

We’ll cover:

  • overview of the field of positive education and the psychological basis for this wellbeing science
  • overview of a variety of practices including flow, mindset, reframing and character strengths
  • ways these practices align with music education
  • strategies for integrating positive language and constructive thinking in your teaching approach 

You will also receive useful links and other resources. There will be a Q&A during the last part of the webinar, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions. After you have watched the webinar, you will be able to download a PD certificate, and you will be sent a link to the recording.

This webinar will be suitable for teachers of all instruments. 

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Genevieve Newton
Victorian Music Teachers' Association
T: (03) 5243 4200

About the Presenter

Lyn completed her BMus at the Melba Conservatorium of Music and a DipEd (Sec) from ACU before she began teaching instrumentally, arranging repertoire and conducting ensembles at a variety of different schools across all sectors. 

She completed her Masters of Education at VU, is currently undergoing the Professional Certificate in Positive Education at the University of Melbourne and plans to continue this work through a PhD. Her aim is to empower students while ensuring they attain a quality and comprehensive musical foundation that will prepare them for a variety of musical pathways.

Lyn works as an Instrumental Teacher at Thomas Carr College in Tarneit, is the Program Manager at Chasing Sound Music School in Footscray and serves on the VMTA Board of Directors as Vice-President. She participates actively as an educator, musician, ensemble director, facilitator and administrator within these professional and amateur spheres and is passionate about advocating for our industry. 

Useful Links

Positive education organisations as mentioned in the webinar:

Centre for Positive Psychology
Institute for Positive Education (+ podcast)
Positive Education Schools Association
VIA Character Strengths Survey 

Related Resources

Positive education readings/resources as mentioned in the webinar: 

Positive Instruction in Music Studios (Lea Waters & Tim Patston)
The Power of Music (Susan Hallam)
Flow (Positive Psychology)
Martin Seligman
Penn University Resilience Program
Karen Reivich
Dweck - The Power of Yet TED Talk
Buchanan - Benefit Mindset
Duckworth - Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance TED Talk
Kabat-Zinn - Mindfulness
Smiling Mind App/Website
Calm App

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