Ms. Victoria Redfearn Cave, arts department chair for the Learning Village, recently served as the keynote speaker of the Victorian Orff-Schulwerk Associations' twenty-first Early Childhood Conference of Performing arts in Kew, Australia.
Packing a whirlwind international trip into just a few days, Redfearn Cave led sessions on Community Music and Movement for Early Childhood, Movement Accompaniment: A Teacher's Critical Tool, Singing and Movement Games for Early Childhood, Singing for the Classroom Teacher, and Props, Poems, and Stories.
"The conference was a wonderful opportunity for educators to get new ideas and expand repertoire. It is a critical time to connect with colleagues and support each other," said Redfearn Cave.
"I was there the week after the August twelfth events in Charlottesville. The Australians were interested in what was happening in our town. We dialogued about how music and movement can be truly transformational with children and with each other. Our work with early childhood learners is literally the hope for our future."
Redfearn Cave has trained in Orff-Schulwerk, an approach that unifies music and movement seamlessly, and emphasizes student improvisation, composition, and process teaching, in both the United States and Europe.
For more than 20 years she has taught in independent schools in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, and has also served as the choral director at the Levine School of Music and the Kennedy Center's Washington National Opera. Redfearn Cave routinely offers workshops for teachers and publishes in national journals, and is a faculty member at the George Mason University Orff training program and trains teachers through the Orff program at the University of Northern Colorado.
In addition to her work at St. Anne's-Belfield School, Redfearn Cave is the artistic director for Charlottesville-area Mosaic Children's Choir.