Past Events

Living Music & Dance with Richard Gill

Date: 23 & 24 May, 2014

Venue: St Alfred's Anglican Church, 107 Springfield Road, Blackburn North, Victoria

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This event is aimed at music teachers of children aged 8-14 years.  The main emphasis is on the Orff/Keetman "Music for Children" volumes (the 'Brown Books'), and each morning all participants will work with Richard Gill on this classic repertoire.  It can be a basis for improvisation, singing, music history & notation, as well as an ideal opportunity to play xylophones, marimbas etc. 

Afternoons will offer a range of elective sessions on topics such as "Getting started with Recorder" and "Percussion in the classroom".

Each day will have a Forum to discuss what we teach, why we teach it, and how.

Come along to connect with other teachers and benefit from leading Orff proponents.

Classroom teaching ideas set in context!

(PD Certificates will be provided at the completion of the Conference outlining the number of PD hours and areas of the music curriculum covered)

Our very special Keynote Presenter will be Richard Gill OAM

About our Presenters

Richard Gill OAM, Founding Music Director & Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera is Artistic Director of the Education Program, Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  He has been Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Adviser for the Musica Viva In Schools program & Dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music.  His many accolades include the Bernard Heinze Award, Honorary Doctorates from the Edith Cowan University of Western Australia and the ACU, and the Australia Council’s Don Banks Award.  

Sara Glenie has been teaching music at Grimwade House, Melbourne Grammar School for the past 8 years. She has also taught in a wide range of settings including primary & secondary schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, community houses and tertiary institutions. Sara had her own music studio for many years teaching music to young children, with an environmental focus.  She studied at the Orff Institute in Salzburg and in recent years taught Recorder in the Orff Level Courses in Victoria.  

Sarah Brooke has taught in preschools, primary schools, secondary schools, tertiary institutions & professional development courses to a range of people - babies, children, adults, community workers, music teachers, classroom teachers and prisoners. She is a creative music & movement educator who adapts the principles & understandings of the Orff Schulwerk Approach to her teaching of all creative arts areas. She is currently completing her doctoral studies in Orff Schulwerk & family music learning.  Sarah has conducted many workshops and training courses in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, U.S.A., Hong Kong, Brazil, Greece, Singapore and China.  


Draft Program

Day 1 - Friday 23 May - 9am - 4.30pm

All-in with Susie Davies-Splitter

Brown Books Session 1: Inspiring Innovation (Richard Gill)
A sequential approach based on material from the Volumes.

Inspiration for Classroom Teaching 1 - Richard Gill - Teaching of a song.  Listening exercises etc.

Choice of 2 Workshops - Starting off on Recorder (Sara Glenie) / Speech, Percussion (Sarah Brooke) 

Forum: What should we teach? Why? How? - Richard Gill, Melissa Dods, Susie Davies-Splitter
Chair: Heather McLaughlin 

Choice of 2 Workshops
Activities for Learning - Richard Gill
Recorders Plus Classroom Instruments - Sara Glenie

Day 2 - Saturday 24 May - 9am - 4.15pm

All in with Sarah Brooke

Brown Books Session 2 with Richard Gill - Inspiring Improvisation

Inspiration for Classroom Teaching 2 - Richard Gill - Teaching of a song, listening exercises etc

Choice of 2 Workshops
Activities for Learning (Richard Gill - repeat)
Getting Kids Moving - Laban and Beyond (Sarah Brooke)

Forum: Realities of Teaching - Orff ideas in Victorian schools.
Richard Gill, Lynne Burt, Heather McLaughlin,k Alena Schneider, Audrey Fine
Chair Melissa Dods

All Out Session - Richard Gill - Singing, Dancing, Playing


The conference will host a number of traders who will have a wide range of resources on display, some for sale  at special LMD only prices.


Earlybird registration paid before 9 May 2014

$285 VOSA and other Orff Association Members

$325 Non-members

$225 Students & Concession Card Holders

Registration paid after 9 May 2014

$310 VOSA and other Orff Association Members

$350 Non-members

$250 Students & Concession Card Holders


Online registration now available. 

Once the online registration form has been completed a confirmation email, with tax invoice attached, will automatically be sent to the email address entered on registration.  Please ensure you enter your email address correctly.


The following properties are listed in order of proximity to the venue and prices are a guide only.  Please visit their websites for further information & to check availability/rates.

Best Western Plus The Tudor - $119
Elizabethan Lodge - $130
Quest Mont Albert - $185
Beau Monde Intl - $130
Quality Hotel Manor - $145
Apartments @ Forest Hill - $168
Clarion Hotel on Canterbury - $175
Quest Knox - $165


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