Courses for Professionals

The courses for professionals interested in the making of original musical instruments and its use in the fields of art and education.

Lecturer and course tutor: Peter Kus (in case of bigger number of participants he is joined by a guest visual artist or musician).

For: musicians and other artists, music teachers, elementary school and kindergarten teachers, music lovers.

Length of the course: 2-5 days (16-25 hours).

course at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik, march 2013
Instrumentenbau und Spiel für Pädagogik und Bühne, Wels, Austria, march 2013

The National Education Institute of The Republic of Slovenia
Slovenian Orff Society
Musical Assosiation Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Iceland Academy of the Arts

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  • February 10th, 1.00 pm – 7.45 pm and February 11th, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm, Maribor Puppet Theater, Creating with original musical instruments in school and kindergarten – MASTERCLASS FOR TEACHERS BY NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION

The course begins with a lecture covering different subjects, according to the profile of the participants: recycled art, relation to the environment, subject inter-connections in the school curriculum, project work, connections between art and education, etc.

The central part of the course consists of building musical instruments as well as of introduction to different technical procedures, materials, acoustic principles, and practical advice that enable latter independent work to all the participants.

The last part of the course is devoted to creating music on original instruments. After the presentation of techniques of group improvisation and sound painting (Walter Thompson method), participants create a short concert, musical fairytale, a “sound comic” or music for a short silent movie.

»Excellent organization, subject selection, atmosphere, and ideas. For me, this was the best course in every aspect.«, participant of the course at the National Institute of Education of the Republic of Slovenia, 2011 

“It was a superb course. I liked that its main part was based on practical work and I left with a feeling that we have accomplished a lot! It gave me inspiration for my work in kindergarten and outside. Right the next day I had many ideas for little instruments which we then built with kids. They now play them all the time and call for a concert each day!”, a participant of the course at the National Institute of Education of the Republic of Slovenia, 2012


  • Creare con strumenti musicali, 29. – 1. 5. 2022, Rive D’arcano (Italija) – MASTERCLASS ZA GLEDALIŠKE USTVARJALCE,
  • Noise-making children, musical creativity and original instruments, seminar for teachers, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana (Slovenia), March 19th, 2022
  • Creare con strumenti musicali originali, February 2nd and 9th, 2022, ONLINE seminar for teachers in Italian, organized by ERT FVG, Udine (Italy),
  • Il mondo e’musica, 9. 10. 2021, Atregna (Italy), seminar for teachers organized by ERT FVG, Udine (Italy),
  • Creating on original musical instruments, March 25th and 26th, 2021, ONLINE seminar for teachers,
  • “Per far cantare una foresta…, February and March 2021, ONLINE seminar for teachers – ORGANIZED BY ERT FV FROM UDINE (Italy)
  • Creating on original musical instruments (1-day workshop for kindergarten educators), February 24th 2020, Pivka Kindergarten – PART OF “SKUM” PROJECT BY FACULTY OF EDUCATION KOPER (Slovenia)
  • Creating on original musical instruments (1-day workshop for kindergarten educators), September 21st 2019, Grosuplje Kindergarten
  • Musical fairytale on original instruments (seminar for educators), Kindergarten, Sežana (Slovenia), May 21st 2019 – PART OF “SKUM” PROJECT BY FACULTY OF EDUCATION KOPER (Slovenia)
  • 1-day workshop Original instruments of Cerknica Lake, Češnovc Farm, Goričice (Slovenia), May 4th 2019
  • 1-day workshop for kindergarten educators, Zelena jama Kindergarten, Ljubljana, Nov. 10th and 17th 2018
  • 1-day workshop as part of SKUM project of the Faculty of Education, University of Primorska, Wetrinsky Mansion, Maribor, Sept. 15th 2018
  • 3-day course for educators Creating on original musical instruments, Franciscan Sisters of Virgin Mary, Šibenik (Croatia), June 2018 – part of International Children’s Festival
  • 1-day seminar for educators Creating on original musical instruments, Musical Society (Glasbena matica), Trieste (Italy), February 2017
  • 1-day seminar for elementary school music teachers Creating on original musical instruments, Gornja Vežica Elementary School, Rijeka (Croatia), November 2016
  • Workshop New Perspectives in the Use of Music in Theatre for Young Audiences, as part of On the Edge Festival, Birmingham (UK), July 2016
  • 2-day workshop for music and sound in animation film Create your first film, JSKD, Ljubljana (Slovenia), March 2016 and Maribor (Slovenia), december 2016
  • 1-day seminar for kindergarten teachers, Tončka Čečeva Kindergarten, Celje (Slovenia), February and December 2016,
  • 2-day courses for additional education of teachers at the National Institute of Education of Republic of Slovenia, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2023,
  • 2-day course Creative learning for creative teaching, Faculty of Education, Maribor, Slovenia, May 2015
  • Orff fall seminar, Ljubljana and Slovenske Konjice, Slovenia, November 2014, December 2015, November 2016, December 2017 and December 2018,
  • Lecture Original musical instruments in school, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Bazaar of Cultures, 2015,
  • 2-day Master Workshop about animated sound theater and the use of original musical instruments, for actors and teachers, Tainan Municipality Cultural Centre in Tainan, Taiwan, september 2014
  • 2-day workshop about the use of original musical instruments in theater and school for teachersLjubljna Puppet Theater (Slovenia), March 2014, May 2015
  • 4-day course at the Iceland Academy of Arts, Reykjavik (Iceland) for Arts Education Master Program students and teachers, March 2013 and April 2018
  • 2-day course at Figurentheaterfestival Wels, Wels (Austria), March 2013
  • 5-day course The Originals, Španski borci, Ljubljana (Slovenia), October-November 2011