5 hour Face to Face RAMSR Workshop Southern Queensland

Access a full curriculum of rhythm and movement sessions to support self-regulation and positive behaviour for children aged 2-8 years.


RAMSR (Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation) is a program for young children that aims to support their attentional and emotional regulation skills, as well as mental flexibility, inhibition, and working memory (the executive functions).

The program was first designed and piloted in 2016 by Associate Professor Kate Williams (Queensland University of Technology) and her music therapy and early childhood music education colleagues. It is based on a number of neurological areas of research, including music therapy, the cognitive benefits of music education, and self-regulation development.

Evidence from two studies have found that children who engage in RAMSR with their educators have improved emotional, cognitive, and behavioural self-regulation. Educators involved in the study had no music background at all but gained skills and confidence in using these activities with children.


Workshop Overview

The 5-hour workshop including morning tea and lunch aims to teach participants how to use the RAMSR program including simple rhythm and movement activities to support positive behaviour for children aged 3-6 years old. The workshop will be delivered by a RAMSR Master Coach who is an early childhood researcher and very interested in young children’s social-emotional development and wellbeing. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to lead the full RAMSR program which can be programmed across a whole year as suits the local context. Participants will also build important capabilities and knowledge in self-regulation development, and the ways rhythm can be used as part of their practice to support attention, regulation, and overall brain development.

Workshop participants will be provided with:

  • four full 15-20 minute RAMSR sessions plans to create a program lasting 12 months as desired
  • 24 RAMSR activities as a base level and more than 30 extension activities, with demonstration videos
  • 28 audio tracks
  • 4 sets of visual cue cards
  • 120-page RAMSR Resource folder with comprehensive curriculum materials will be provided for you to download and self-print
  • Morning tea and lunch will be provided on the day, please advise any special dietary requirements at time of booking

Who should participate

This course is suitable for any educator or practitioner working with children aged 2 to 8 years in any group or individual setting. Kindergarten, prep, early years professionals, support staff, allied health professionals are all encouraged to attend.

This course is suitable for both those with and without musical skills.

If you have already completed the introductory course (introducing you to 11 simple RAMSR activities), this course will extend your learning to now include the full RAMSR curriculum and resources. However, the introductory course is NOT a prerequisite for enrolment in this course.

Core Concepts

This workshop will cover:

  • detailed information on early childhood self-regulation and executive functioning
  • detailed theory and evidence for linking rhythmic movement and music activities to self-regulation development
  • learning and access to the full eight-week RAMSR curriculum including all print, visual, and auditory resources needed for implementation
  • practical skills for delivering simple rhythm and movement activities that require no prior music experience or training, and very few resources to implement.

Further Details

This workshop will be held at QUT Kelvin Grove, 149 Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, QLD. Specific details will be sent upon registration for the workshop.

Morning tea and lunch are provided.

Wear comfortable loose clothing that you can be active in. Throughout the workshop, we encourage you to join in the RAMSR activities and practice them as they are demonstrated. This may involve sitting or lying on the floor and moving from sitting to standing positions.

You will be issued a Certificate of Attainment for 5 hours of Professional Learning.

Workshop Dates

Saturday 15 July 2023

Saturday 7 October 2023


In-person bespoke RAMSR training for your group

We regularly conduct whole-day in-person workshops for particular groups at your venue. Please email ramsr@qut.edu.au for more information and to recieve a quote. Workshops conducted beyond South East Queensland will incur travel costs.