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.

Special Needs Guest Presenter: Biddy Seymour (QLD)

Biddy is currently contracted as a Teaching Artist for The Song Room, providing a Music program at Milpera Secondary School, an English language focus school for migrant and refugee students in Brisbane.  Prior to this, she was the Music specialist at St Mary of the Cross Primary School in Windsor, where she started as a Teaching Artist for The Song Room in 2015, after retiring from teaching Music at Western Suburbs Special School for many years.  Before her long love affair with Special Education, Biddy also taught for a number of years as a Music specialist in mainstream primary schools, both in Africa and Brisbane.  She has done a number of projects for The Song Room.  Biddy completed the Orff Levels training in both South Africa and Australia, being qualified to teach the Movement and Pedagogy strands of the nationally accredited courses. She participated in the first Neuropedagogy course in 2016.  Biddy is a past President of ANCOS (Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk), a position she held for 6 years, as well as a number of years as their Archivist.  She has presented at numerous workshops and conferences at state, interstate and national level, as well as in New Zealand.

Australia / New Zealand Presenters:

African Drumming, Ebony Birch-Hanger, Judi Cranston, Susan Curbishley, Susie Davies-Splitter, Ruth Friend, Monique Fuss, Boubacar Gay, Jon Madin, James Madsen, Sarah Marra, Davina McClure, Elizabeth O’Leary, David Perry, Lynette Richardson, Biddy Seymour, Brianna Slattery, Julie Wylie

ECCPA Program:

ECCPA Program as at 24 July 2018

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ECCPA Conference Dinner – Hellenic Republic, Kew

Our conference dinner this year will be at George Colambaris’ Hellenic  Republic, 26 Cotham Rd, Kew (just opposite our old venue the QPO).  At Hellenic Republic they keep things simple.  They source source fresh, quality produce from Greece and Melbourne to create authentic Hellenic recipes, “straight from Yia Yia’s recipe box”.  Good food, for everyone.  They make sure you get enough of what you came for: melt-in-your mouth food. No one leaves hungry.  Not into meat? Dietary needs? No worries.  Need a menu item changed?  Just ask, they’ll accommodate.  Sound good?  Tick the dinner box on the registration form and join VOSA members, some of our presenters, and other like minded attendees for a scrumptious feast.  It wont be a late night (we do have an early start on Sunday!) but it will be a fun night!!  Hope to see you there!!


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VOSA/Orff Association Member/OS Resident – 2 days $316
Non Member – 2 days $381
Student/Concession –  2 days $146

Saturday night Conference Dinner – $45 share table (drinks at bar prices)

VOSA/Orff Association Member/OS Resident – 1 day $196
Non Member – 1 day $226
Student/Concession – 1 day $106

Accommodation suggestions

Pathfinder Motel (very basic)
380 Cotham Road, Kew
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