ECCPA (Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts)

18 & 19 August 2018                                                                 

Genazzano Girls’ School, Kew, Victoria

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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).



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 of the USA and many other countries. He is the author of over 70 books, recordings, and DVDs.

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.

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.

To apply simply write to the ECCPA Coordinators, Melissa Dods and Heather Monro, explaining how you would benefit from attending ECCPA, and demonstrating your strong interest in teaching music and movement to children – either as a music specialist or as an integral part of their classroom program as a generalist teacher.  Email your application to by 30 June, 2018.

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 email Sharon at to request further information.  Applications close 31 May 2018.


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Earlybird rates (register & pay by 13 July, 2018)

VOSA/Orff Association Member/OS Resident – 2 days $276
Non Member – 2 days $341
Student/Concession – 2 days $131
VOSA/Orff Association Member/OS Resident – 1 day $176
Non Member -1 day $206
Student/Conc 1 day $96

Standard rates (register &/or pay from 14 July, 2018)

VOSA/Orff Association Member/OS Resident – 2 days $316
Non Member – 2 days $381
Student/Concession –  2 days $146
VOSA/Orff Association Member/OS Resident – 1 day $196
Non Member – 1 day $226
Student/Concession/OS Resident – 1 day $106

Accommodation suggestions

Pathfinder Motel (very basic)
380 Cotham Road, Kew
Best Western Premier Hotel 115 (4-5 star)
115 Cotham Road, Kew
Quest Serviced Apartments
741-745 Whitehorse Rd, Mont Albert
Quality Suites Beaumont
7 Studley Park Road, Kew
Quest Serviced Apartments
19-21 Walpole Street, Kew
Wellington House
159 Wellington Street, Kew
Apartments @ Kew Q45
45 Pakington Street, Kew