PhD (NWU) | MMus cum laude (US) | Hons BMus cum laude (US)
Dr Mignon van Vreden has been lecturing music education at NWU School of Music since 2010 and was appointed as full-time lecturer in 2015. Her responsibilities include lecturing Music Education on undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as postgraduate supervision.
She completed her BMus, BMus Hons and MMus degrees at the University of Stellenbosch and received her PhD from North-West University in 2014. In her thesis, a theoretical framework was generated which describes six aspects for integrating music in Grade R teaching and learning. In this framework, every aspect of integration is linked with musical activities in accordance to the Grade R learning principles of play, exploration and practical experiences in order to promote the overall development of the grade R learner.
Her teaching career began as Arts and Culture teacher at DF Malan High School in Bellville and after moving to Potchefstroom, she taught Music and Arts and Culture at Baillie Park Primary and Ferdinand Postma High School. She then resided in Western Australia where she was music coordinator at Armadale Senior High School in Perth.
Her research focus is music education in childhood and the facilitation of musical training for music students and general classroom teachers. Her research has been published nationally and internationally in the journals Vir die Musiekleier, The South African Journal of Childhood Education and Early Child Development and Care. She is co-author of “Creative CAPS/Kreatiewe KABV”, an educational series of four teacher manuals based on the Grade R subjects outlined in the South African Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement and contributed to a Van Schaik publication “Teaching Life Skills in the Foundation Phase” (Meier & Naudé, 2014). She regularly presents workshops on music integration for educators with little or no musical training and composes children’s songs. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, including the South African Society for Research in Music (2012, 2017), UNISA Early Childhood Development (2012), South African Children’s and Youth Literature (2012), Music and Well-being (2013), Early Childhood Education and Technology (2014), Spirituality and Music Education (2015), South African Jazz Education (2016), NWU Early Childhood Education Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Conference (2016), ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People (2017), and ETIT (Excellence in Teaching and Innovative Use of Technology) Conference 2017.
Professional memberships include the Western Australian College of Teaching (WACOT), West Australian Department of Education (DET), Australian Society for Music Educators (ASME), the South African Council for Educators (SACE), the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT), the South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE), the Association for the Education and Care of Young Children (AECYC), the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), and SAERA, the South African Education Research Association.
Through her involvement at a junior primary school as choir conductor and as accompanist for local churches and schools, she nurtures her passion for singing and playing the piano.