Past Events

Living Music & Dance (LMD)

15 & 16 April, 2016

St Alfred's Anglican Church, Blackburn

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Living Music & Dance is aimed at reviving, inspiring, encouraging and challenging music teachers of children aged 5-14 years. 

Christoph Maubach, our featured presenter, has been known and loved around the world for his gentle approach, wonderful repertoire and beautiful musical outcomes.  He’s travelling from New Zealand to lead us in sessions that use the Orff Approach to focus on the Voice and “Playful Classroom Music Arrangements for Movement and Dance”.

Other sessions will include one for more junior students that will help with your VIT registration requirement on Music and Special Needs Children, there will be a session specifically for Secondary teachers and a forum on the new Victorian Curriculum which is compulsory from next year.  The “Finale Dance Party” session on Saturday afternoon will leave you wanting more!

Of course there will be traders and friends old and new to meet.  One of the strengths of Professional Learning activities such as this is having the chance to compare notes, swap ideas and meet others who speak your language.  Your students will enjoy the activities that stem from the practical workshops.  If you’re familiar with Orff Approach PD, you’ll know that these translate immediately into the classroom and you will also have the joy of working with experienced Orff practitioners.

Register immediately to secure your place by clicking on the 'Register Online' link at the top of this page.

PD Certificates will be provided.


Christoph Maubach
Lynne Burt
Susie Davies-Splitter
Audrey Fine
Heather McLaughlin
Gabrielle Ryan


Friday 15 April

8.30-9.00am   Registration
9.00-9.15am   Welcome Song (Christoph Maubach)
9.15-10.30am   Session 1 - The Voice & the Orff Approach (Christoph Maubach)
10.30-11.00am   Morning Tea/Traders
11.00-12.15pm  Session 2 - Sing, Dance & Play: Classics in the Classroom (Heather McLaughlin)
12.15-1.15pm    Lunch/Traders
1.15-2.15pm      Session 3 - Shake, Rattle & Roll: Making your own Music in the Middle Years (Gabrielle Ryan)
2.15-3.00pm      Forum: Differentiation for Special Needs Students (Audrey Fine, Gabrielle Ryan)
3.00-3.30pm      Afternoon Tea/Traders
3.30-4.30pm      Session 4 - Excursions into the "Brown Books" (Christoph Maubach)

Saturday 16 April

8.30-9.00am   Registration
9.00-9.15am   Welcome Song Christoph Maubach)
9.15-10.30am   Session 1 - Playful Classroom Music Arrangements for Movement & Dance (Christoph Maubach)
10.30-11.00am   Morning Tea/Traders
11.00-12.15pm  Session 2 - Integrating Children with Special Needs into the Early Childhood Music Program (Susie Davies-Splitter)
12.15-1.15pm    Lunch/Traders
1.15-2.15pm      Session 3 - The Voice (Christoph Maubach)
2.15-3.00pm      Forum: The Orff Approach and the Victorian Curriculum (Audrey Fine, notes by Lynne Burt)
3.00-3.30pm      Afternoon Tea/Traders
3.30-4.30pm      Session 4 - Dance Party (Audrey Fine, Christoph Maubach)


Born in Germany, Christoph set out for Australia after studying at the Orff-Institut in Salzburg in response to a request from some Music teachers who wanted to know more about the Orff Approach.  Earlier contact in Salzburg with Richard Gill had introduced him to the idea and Victorian Music teachers benefited greatly from his expertise.  Christoph has taught teachers and children all around the world and Victorians were very sad to see him leave Australian shores and head for New Zealand 6 years ago to take up the position at the University of Waikato. 

Christoph has taught in many schools and universities, contributed to Symposia in Salzburg and served on both the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association Committee and the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk.  He has presented excellent workshops at many Orff Conferences in Australia and around the world.  He was a founding member of the “Shenanigans” ensemble and has performed often, in many places and contexts, with this and other groups.

His enthusiasm and exceptional ability to work creatively with the Orff Approach is an inspiration to teachers around the world and we very much look forward to working with him during the Living Music and Dance Conference. 


$250 VOSA and other Orff Association Members
$300 Non-members
$175 Students & Concession Card Holders
$155 One day only 


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