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Back to School Day

Back to School Day 2016

 8.30am - 1.15pm

Glendalough - St Kevins College
73-75 Lansell Road, Toorak

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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. 

VOSA Presenter: Lynette Richardson

Lynette has enjoyed a varied 30-year plus career as a Music Teacher, having taught class music and conducted Choir  across both Primary and Secondary levels, as wel  as dabbling in Piano, Voice, Musicianship, Theory and Instrumental  Ensembles Tuition.

She classes herself as a Choral Specialist and has devised a program  of warm-ups for choirs of all ages and levels entitled "Choralastics ™", which  she has presented  at a number of conferences over the years.

Lynette worked  with The  Australian Girls Choir from its inception in 1984  until  2007, which saw her  tutor  at each of the 7 levels of the Choir and carry out the role of National Music Director to the 4 states for differing periods of time.  Seven  years  ago,  Lynette became the Director of Music for Choir  Victoria, a choir that evolved from the Victorian Boys' Choir.

In addition to her teaching roles,  Lynette has enjoyed performing  as a lead  Alto with three well- known Melbourne Choirs - the  Tudor Choristers, Ensemble Gombert and the MSO Chorus; she has played  and performed piano duets; accompanied a range of instrumentalists and been repetiteur for Musical Theatre Companies throughout her music career.

Lynette is currently teaching Junior School music at Wesley College, Glen Waverley, looking after Years  2 to 4, one  Year 7 Ensemble class and  2 choirs - Piccolo (Yrs  3/4) and Dolce  (Yrs  5/6) Canto.  This position allows her to  implement and explore the Orff-Schulwerk principles of teaching music, which are dear to her heart.

Above  all,  Lynette delights in enriching children's lives with the wonderful world of music.

Kodaly Presenters: Lisa Sheppard & Renee Heron

Lisa Sheppard (B Mus Hons/B Ed) is a primary school music educator who teaches three year olds to Year 6 at Firbank Grammar School, Sandringham Campus. She is dedicated to creating a well-balanced, sequential program that successfully caters for a range of students learning styles and needs. Lisa is passionate about successfully implementing ICT within all lessons & enjoys training teachers and helping them embrace a wide range of technologies within their own teaching.

Renee Heron is a Choral Specialist, Violin and Classroom Music Teacher at Xavier College, Melbourne. She has taught in a wide range of contexts from Kindergarten to VCE and holds a Bachelor of Music in performance (University of Qld), Master of Teaching (Melbourne University) and AMusA (violin). She is currently Teacher-in-Charge of the Probationer training group at the Australian Boys Choir Institute. She has a particular passion in the importance of music and development in early childhood and recently completed her Australian Kodaly Certificate in this area. Renee is a regular adjudicator, workshop presenter and sings in Exaudi Youth Choir.


8.30am Registration

9.00am All in with Renee Heron & Lisa Sheppard

9.30am Session 1 – Lower Kodaly (Lisa Sheppard) or Upper Orff (Lyn Richardson)

10.45am Morning Tea/Trade Exhibition

11.30am Session 2 – Lower Orff (Lyn Richardson) or Upper Kodaly (Renee Heron)

12.45pm All Out with Lyn Richardson

1.15pm Finish

Registration Cost

Early bird special registration paid by 5 Feb 2016:

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

Standard Registration paid after 6 Feb 2016: 

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

Price includes morning tea

Registration open now (online registration preferred - an invoice will be emailed as soon as you complete the online form - you can then pay later by EFT, cheque or credit card - all options listed on the invoice)

General Enquires: Email the VOSA administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9015 8350

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