Past Events

Back to School Day 2015

21 February 2015

8.30am - 1.15pm

Glendalough - St Kevins College
75 Lansell Road, Toorak

A great event for brushing off the cobwebs and kick-starting the new year!  Lots of inspiring, fresh and innovative ideas to take back to your classroom.

Two concurrent sessions run for teachers, covering activities for the early years (Prep-Yr4), middle years (Yr5-8), ideas for the music classroom and choral repertoire, plus plenty of ideas for teacher new to music.

There will also be a number of traders in attendance, providing a great opportunity to purchase some excellent resources at special prices.  Our special thanks go to Bushfire Press who are our Platinum Sponsors this year.

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VOSA Presenter: Heather McLaughlin

After working for many years with preschool children and families, Heather McLaughlin has taught classroom music in two Melbourne primary schools for the last eight years. She also uses music to teach Indonesian and Japanese after five years living in Japan, teaching music in international schools. Having studied as a young teacher at the Orff Institute (Salzburg) and the Kodaly Institute (Kecskemet) she remains committed to building musical skills and enthusiasm through marimba and recorder groups as well as weekly class music in schools. Heather has been active in Community Music Victoria for some years, and for over 20 years has enthusiastically promoted the building and playing marimbas in schools and the wider community. Organisation of ten Oxfam fundraising concerts was a major volunteer project in 2014. She is trying to retire.

Kodaly Presenter: Marion Stafford

Marion Stafford is a highly respected Kodaly Music educator who has taught throughout all levels - from Preschool to Tertiary.  She is a graduate of Melbourne University and the prestigious Holy Names Summer Institute in Oakland California.  Marion has made a significant contribution to the development of teacher training courses in Melbourne and served as President of the Victorian branch of KMEIA for many years. Marion is currently the Head of Music in the Junior School at the Wheelers Hill campus of Caulfield Grammar School and directs the Beginning Training Choir of Young Voices of Melbourne.

All-in Presenter: Alena Schneider

Alena Schneider has taken two extensive tours to Ghana and completed her Bachelor of Music Improvisation at The Victorian College of the Arts.  On an instructive level, Alena has been facilitating workshops from 3 to 320 students playing drums, body percussion, dancing and singing for the past nine years.  From year level incursions to preparing end of year whole school performances; she has worked in the all abilities sector as well as within a drug rehabilitation centre.  Her all-in sessions focus on using body and instrument percussion as a fun and funky tool, whether it be in the classroom, community group or even something to perform with a band on stage!

All-out Presenter: Mark O'Leary

Mark O'Leary graduated top of his year from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1983. In 1985 he was awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award, and since then has completed a Master of Music degree, passed with honours, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He has also studied conducting with Robert Rosen as a private student and was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 1989. This fellowship took him to England, Hungary, Finland, Canada and the U.S.A. to study outstanding children's choirs. Mark has conducted choirs in schools and the community for many years, and has special interests in Kodaly teaching techniques, the development of excellence in music education and children's choirs, and Australian choral music. He presents many workshops each year on choral music education throughout Australia, is guest conductor at many festivals, and is an honorary life member of the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia. Mark is also the Principal Guest Conductor of Gondwana Voices, Australia's national children's choir.


8.30am Registration

9.00am All in with Alena Schneider

9.30am Session 1 – Lower Orff (Heather McLaughlin) or Upper Kodaly (Marion Stafford)

10.45am Morning Tea/Trade Exhibition

11.30am Session 2 – Lower Kodaly (Marion Stafford) or Upper Orff (Heather McLaughlin)

12.45pm All Out with Mark O'Leary

1.15pm Finish

Registration Cost

Early bird special registration paid by 6 Feb 2015:

 $55 VOSA/KMEIA members, $70 Non members, $35 Students/Concession

Standard Registration paid after 6 Feb 2015: Price includes morning tea

 $70 VOSA/KMEIA members, $85 Non members, $35 Students/Concession

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Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor Bushfire Press