Orff Schulwerk Levels Courses

Dear VOSA friends,

Due to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, we have had to cancel our VOSA Level Courses which were to take place in the Term 2 holidays. We will be keeping a list of interested people so that we can contact you as soon as we are able to make new plans. We look forward to keeping you updated as we move forward. Please register your interest at – Levels@vosa.org

Kind regards,

Melissa Dods & Damian Royal – State Level Course Coordinators-Vic

A Level 1 course and a Level 2 course will be run simultaneously during the July school holidays.

Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July 2019

Camberwell Baptist Church
460 Riversdale Road
Hawthorn East , Victoria
(enter from Wills Street)

PLEASE NOTE:  Level 1 fully booked.  Please email levels@vosa.org to be placed on waitlist.

Register Online

Limited numbers.

Please note: only one Level can be undertaken at a time, and to take part in the Level 2 course you must first have successfully completed a Level 1 course.

About the Levels Courses
The courses focus on ‘learning by doing’, helping teachers share their music through practical music making and by creating enjoyable experiences for the students.  They are based on the principles developed by Carl Orff, the composer and music educator who lived and worked in Europe from 1895 to 1982.

Participants in these courses will be exposed to a stimulating and graded repertoire of music and dance pieces. They will be encouraged to develop their confidence and skills in sharing with students of all ages and stages of development.

Orff Schulwerk offers a holistic approach to music education. It integrates singing, speech activities, movement, folk dance and the playing of percussion instruments to encourage active music making.  It can be applied to all educational levels and in community music. From the earliest ages singing and saying nursery rhymes and speech verses are combined with sound gestures or body percussion (clapping, stamping, finger clicking etc).
These practical activities lay the foundations for broad musical development. They also lend themselves to involvement with the range of Orff instruments from simple non-tuned percussion (eg tambourines) to recorders, xylophones and glockenspiels.

The ‘Orff’ approach to music education is continuing to grow and adapt to present day needs and circumstances and is now being taught throughout the world.

For more specific information regarding the Level 1 course please click here

For more detail on the Level 2 course, please click here

Course Presenters

Melissa Dods

Melissa Dods has 30 years teaching experience in Victoria and is currently the Head of  Junior School Music at St Catherine’s Girls School in Melbourne. She has taught music in pre-schools and primary schools, and has lectured part time in music education at Melbourne University.  For the last 15 years she has coordinated the nationally accredited Orff Schulwerk Music and Movement Teacher Training Courses in Victoria.  Melissa is a twice Past President of VOSA and currently the Vice President of ANCOS (Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk).

Dr Carol Richards

Dr Carol Richards is a retired Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.  She has taught music to all ages over the past 35 years in schools, workshops and at professional development conferences in America and Australia. Carol studied in 1980 at the Special English Course at the Orff Institute with Jane Frazee.  She was instrumental in developing the guidelines for Orff Levels Courses in Australia and is a sought after presenter and teacher.

Damian Royal

Damian Royal graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music and a Diploma of Education.  He has been a primary music specialist at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne for 19 years, where he teaches classroom music, choirs and instrumental ensembles.  He is currently the Coordinator of Junior School Music at MLC.


Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson has been involved in the Orff Movement since the beginnings of the West Australian association.  She worked at Christchurch Grammar School as the preparatory School music coordinator for many years where she instigated an approach based on her studies in Orff Schulwerk.  She now teaches an Orff based course in Music Education at Notre Dame University, and also teaches piano.  Helen presents regularly at workshops and level courses in West Australia.

Carolyn Royal Orff Levels Scholarship

The Carolyn Royal Orff levels scholarship is open to early childhood, general class primary teachers and music educators from Victoria who have at least 2 years teaching experience and some demonstrated ‘Orff’ experience, to attend an Orff Level Course (1-2) in Victoria.  This scholarship will meet the registration costs of the successful applicant in 2019.  For full details regarding this Scholarship please click here

Levels 1 & 2 will be run simultaneously from Monday 1 to Friday 5 July.
Each day runs from 8.45am to 5.45pm and FULL attendance is required to attain accreditation.

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Earlybird registration (MUST be registered & paid by 10.6.19)
Member $505
Non Member $565
Student/Concession $350
Overseas resident $505

Standard registration (paid after 10.6.19)
Member $555
Non Member $615
Student/Concession $400
Overseas Resident $555

Full payment is required by 18 June 2019 to hold a place. Places not paid for in full by this date will be offered to those on the waiting list.

Cancellations will incur a $25 admin fee and no refunds are available after 25 June 2019.