Past Events

ECCPA (Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts)

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20 & 21 August 2016

Genazzano Girls' School, Kew, Victoria

Australia's Premier Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts.  Four streams of workshops run across the weekend, offering a wide range of topics and teaching styles (incl Orff, Kodaly, Special Needs) for those working with babies, toddlers and children aged 0-8 years.

For pre-school teachers, primary school teachers, care givers, special needs teachers, family day care workers, therapists, parents, students of music, maternal and child health nurses and anyone interested in working creatively with young children (0-8 years). 

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Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is a Professor Emeritus and former Director of Music Education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. He has given presentations in all 50 states and many other countries. He is the author of over 70 books, recordings, and DVDs, several of which served as the inspiration for the award winning PBS children’s television series “Lomax: The Hound of Music.” 

Dr. Feierabend has been honored as a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); named University Educator of the Year by the Connecticut Music Educators Association;received theoutstanding alumni award from Wayne State University;  received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the James Bent Award for outstanding achievement in scholarship and creativity from the University of Hartford, and was the first U.S. recipient of the LEGO Prize, an international award given annually to “an individual who has made a distinctive contribution to the betterment of children.” 

Dr. Feierabend continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. Dr. Feierabend’s creativity and research has resulted in two music methods; First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for infants through  elementary-aged children and Conversational Solfege, a music literacy method suitable for elementary through college-aged student. 

Dr. Feierabend’s teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the materials and techniques to help build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies while promoting the use of quality literature. In the summer of 2012 a group of dedicated and like-minded educators honored Dr. Feierabend’s 40 plus years of teaching and research with the formation of the Feierabend Association for Music Education.  For more information go to: and

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African Drumming   Susan-Gai Anderson   Leonie Cecich   Susan Curbishley   Susie Davies-Splitter
Melissa Dods   Ruth Friend   James Madsen   Anna Mlynek-Kalman   Jon Madin   Heather Monro
Phil Splitter   Marion Stafford   Julie Wylie



VOSA Members/ORFF Society Members/OS based participants:

Member/OS Earlybird Full Conference (paid by 30 June 2016) - $270

Member/OS Standard Full Conference - $310

Member/OS Day Rate Earlybird - $170

Member/OS Day Rate Standard - $190

Non Members:

Non Member Earlybird Full Conference - $335

Non Member Standard Full Conference - $375

Non-Member Day Rate Earlybird - $200

Non Member Day Rate Standard - $220

Students/Concession Card Holders (proof required):

Full time student/concession card holder Earlybird Full Conference - $125

Full Time Students & Concession Card Holders Standard Full Conference - $140

Full Time Student/Concession Card Holder Day Rate Earlybird - $95

Full Time Student/Concession Card Holder Day Rate Standard - $105

Saturday night dinner: Q.P.O. Cafe Bar Restaurant - 186 High Street, Kew
A great chance to mingle with other attendees, presenters and VOSA Committee at this informal dinner.
$42 (main & dessert)(drinks at bar prices)

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Student Scholarship

In memory of Jenny Fogarty, VOSA awards a scholarship to one full time student studying early childhood or primary school education.  The awardee will receive complimentary registration for the entire two days of the ECCPA conference.

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Overseas Scholarship 

ECCPA Conference Scholarships are available to enable general class teachers & music educators from overseas countries, with demonstrated financial need, to attend an ECCPA conference.  These scholarships will contribute to the registration, travel, and accommodation costs up to AU$3,000.  Strict guidelines apply.  Please click here for further information.

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Accommodation suggestions

Pathfinder Motel (very basic)
380 Cotham Road
(Cnr Burke Rd & Cotham Rd)

Best Western Premier Hotel 115 (new, 4-5 star)
115 Cotham Road

Quest Serviced Apartments Mont Albert
741-745 Whitehorse Rd
Mont Albert

Quality Suites Beaumont Kew
7 Studley Park Road

Quest Serviced Apartments Kew
19-21 Walpole Street 

Wellington House
159 Wellington Street

Apartments @ Kew Q45 - The Park Avenue Group 
45 Pakington Street

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