Profile : Danielle Joynt

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A specialist in Early Childhood Music, Danielle Joynt is widely considered to be one of Australia’s most outstanding Early Childhood Music Teachers. She is Director of Cottage School of Music Junior and the author of MusicChild, a five-­‐part early childhood music curriculum to be released online in late-2021. Danielle also sings, narrates, composes and writes for the performance group MusicBook – classical musicians from WASO and W.A. Opera -­‐ who arrange and perform children’s books to music. After completing her BMus in trombone performance at the Canberra School of Music, Australian National University, Danielle attended the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary, graduating in 1988. Returning to Australia, she became Lecturer in Early Childhood Music at the Canberra School of Music before founding the Young Conservatorium Program in Tasmania in 1994. Danielle returned to Perth in 1998 and founded Cottage School of Music Junior. In 2009, Danielle released the online music program Cantaris Early Childhood Music Learning and until 2011 wrote and presented annual children’s concerts with Fremantle Symphony Orchestra. At the 2010 ISME World Conference in China, Danielle gave a public class with pre-­‐school children from the International School in Beijing. Danielle was the key presenter at the Inaugural Kodaly Symposium in Perth, and in July 2011 presented a workshop and class at the International Kodaly Symposium in Brisbane. She continues her work with regular teacher, student and public workshops and concerts. In 2014 Danielle formed Cantaris Children’s Choir – a community choir for children aged five to eight years of age. She is the author of Beautiful Children’s Rhymes – beautifulchildrensrhymes.com (containing over 1,000 rhymes for children) and the classical music and rhyme site for babies and their families Rhyme Baby - rhymebaby.com. Danielle is also the music specialist at Bold Park Community School, through which she, the Years 5 and 5 students and local elder Neville Collard have collaborated to produce and record the song Wirrin Ngulla Boodja - The Spirit Of Our Land. She is currently writing songs for the New Zealand poet Sarah Elwell’s series The Dreaming Tales of Tam Ys and for the Persona Grata children’s stories by Katie Eden Todd. Danielle's first independent EP will be released in February 2021. Danielle’s other passion is Ishta Yoga which informs her life and work.

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