Back to School Day 2019

Saturday 16 February 2019 – Australian Catholic University

Presented in conjunction with KMEIA this PD offers sessions in Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly.

Brush off the cobwebs and kick-start the New Year.  Be inspired by fresh and innovative ideas!  Two concurrent sessions will run for teachers covering activities for the early years (Prep-Year 4), middle years (Year 5 – Year 8), ideas for the music classroom and choral repertoire, plus plenty of ideas for teachers new to music.

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Katie Hull-Brown (VOSA), Melissa Karakaltsas (KMEIA), Fiona Leen (VOSA), Gabrielle Ryan (VOSA), Rowena Tall (KMEIA).

The morning all-in session will be presented by Susie Davies-Splitter from VOSA.

Katie Hull-Brown has been teaching music since 2002 in primary music classrooms, instrumental piano & ukulele, preschool music classes, primary and Kindergarten choirs and percussion groups.
She began Tuned In Music in 2006, offering an Orff style approach to families for preschool music sessions.  In 2010 Katie started a new choir for young children called KIDS (Kids In Darebin Sing) Choir that perform at local community events.
In 2015 Katie was accepted into the National Music Teacher Mentor Program and is currently mentoring generalist primary classroom teachers to include more singing with their classes.  In 2016 she joined the MSO’s flagship community outreach program, The Pizzicato Effect, where she introduced a new choral element to the program.
Katie was given funding from ANCOS to attend the 2017 Intl Summer Course in Austria and was nominated for the Aria Award for Australian Music Teacher of the Year Award.  She is currently a Teaching Artist at The Songroom.  Katie sings in two choirs and Songrise, a performing acapella quartet.
Melissa Karakaltsas is a Classroom Music Teacher & Choral Director for Kindergarten to Year 6 at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar in Essendon.  As a student she was taught in a Kodály setting and this is where her passion for making music with others began.  Now she helps children foster this passion for themselves by developing music skills and immersing themselves in varied and engaging musical experiences.  With a particular passion for choral music, Melissa is dedicated to inspiring a group of singers to take ownership of a common goal, to develop the skills to achieve that goal and to achieve outcomes beyond their imagination.  Melissa is currently on the committee of the Victorian Branch of KMEIA.
Fiona Leen has taught music and movement education in primary schools and kindergartens. She is experienced in the Orff approach with a large focus on teaching through marimba playing. She has led many marimba ensembles and recently led a massed group of over 20 instruments at a local festival. Fiona is currently music specialist at Roslyn Primary School and Newcomb Park Primary School – state schools in the Geelong region. She has ensembles and choirs at both schools.
Fiona has completed ANCOS Levels 1- 3 and is a mentor in the National Music Teacher Music Program.  Her choir were recently invited to perform at the South Western Principals forum with over 200 Principals in attendance.
Gabrielle Ryan is an experienced music educator whose teaching practice in Music has its home in the Orff approach. She has taught from pre-school and children s classes to tertiary throughout a large part of Victoria and southern New South Wales. She is currently the Director of Music/Instrumental Music at McGuire College, a state high school in Shepparton, where she leads Ensembles in Jazz, Marimba  and Vocals, and Concert Band. Her ensembles regularly perform at community and school events.
Gabrielle’s original Orff study began on scholarship at the Orff Institut in Salzburg in 1980.More recently she has studied Jazz with Doug Goodkin in San Francisco in 2014, and attended the Symposium in 2016 and Forum in 2018 at the Orff Institut in Salzburg. Gabrielle has completed ANCOS Levels 1-4, and is a mentor in the National Music Teacher Mentor Programme. For the past 10 years she has been appointed Assessor in VCE Music Performance by the VCAA.
Rowena Tall has been a primary music specialist for 30 years.  She received her AKC in 2011 and introduced many of her colleagues in the country to the Kodaly method. Whilst in Armidale, NSW, Rowena worked closely with the New England Conservatorium of Music, in the development and delivery of their highly acclaimed community music programs and conducted the primary massed choir at their regional ‘New England Sings!’ event in 2012 and 2014.  She also helped coordinate and lead several professional development workshops in the New England area providing valuable in-servicing for rural teachers. Rowena was recently appointed Head of Junior Music at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School.
The morning All-in session will be presented by VOSA’s Susie Davies-Splitter

8.30am       Registration
9.00am       All in – Orff
9.30am       Lower Orff or Upper Kodaly
10.45am     Morning Tea/Trade Exhibition
11.15am      Upper Orff or Lower Kodaly
12.30pm     All Out – Kodaly
1.00pm       Finish

The ANCA Choral Reading Day will take place at the same venue on the same day, and continues into the afternoon.  Anyone registering for Back to School Day is able to register for specific sessions at ANCA at the special price of $40 per session.  If you would like to attend any ANCA sessions, as well as Back to School Day, please select your preferred sessions on the online registration form.   For more information click here

1.15 – 2.45pm  ANCA Session 2 – Simple Treble (Primary Choir) $40
3.15 – 4.45pm ANCA Session 3 – Advanced Treble $40

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Early bird special registration paid by 4 Feb 2019
$70 VOSA/KMEIA members
$85 Non-members   $50 Students/Concession

Standard Registration paid after 4 Feb 2019:
$85 VOSA/KMEIA members
$100 Non-members   $65 Students/Concession

(All prices included morning tea)