ECCPA (Early Childhood Conference of the Performing Arts) 2017

19 & 20 August 2017

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). 


NEW Session added:

Pre-Levels 'taster' session - ever thought about completing an Orff Level 1 course but not felt confident enough to?  Take this ECCPA session with Audrey Fine and learn all about the Levels courses.


This year's keynote presenter is Victoria Redfearn Cave (USA)

Victoria Redfearn Cave, M.Ed., graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and received her Masters in Education Leadership from Mary Baldwin College. In 2014, she received the award for the top student in the Graduate Teacher Education Program where she focused her thesis on assessment processes with adolescents. For over 20 years, Victoria has been teaching music, movement and choral studies to children. Victoria has taught primarily in independent schools in Washington, DC and Charlottesville, VA but has also been a choral director at the Levine School of Music and the Kennedy Center's Washington National Opera. Victoria apprenticed in children's choir conducting with Dr. Mary Goetze while at Indiana University.  She has also received conducting training from Doreen Rao's Choral Music Experience and Dr. Harlan Parker. Victoria received her Orff training at George Mason University and received a scholarship from the Orff Foundation to study at the Special Course in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to being a faculty member at the Mason Orff training program, she also trains teachers through the Orff Program at the University of Northern Colorado. Victoria is a national presenter and has written articles for the Orff Echo on creative movement topics for children. She lives in Charlottesville, VA where she is on full faculty and serves as the Arts Department Chair for the Learning Village at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Mosaic Children's Choir. Her special topics of interest include: early childhood, movement with boys in the upper elementary years, visual arts integration, and assessment.

Victoria will present the following sessions:

All-in Session – Community Music and Movement for Early Childhood - Come experience the magic of community building and introductions through music and movement activities.  These activities and mixers will be specifically molded for work with younger friends.  Ideas could be used in a classroom or at a community music and movement night with parents and teachers!

Movement Accompaniment, a Teacher's Critical Tool - Movement accompaniment is a vital tool for the early childhood educator.  It enables the guide to facilitate artistry, often using only the body and voice.  How do you practice these skills so that you can facilitate artistic experiences and movement accompaniments for your children?  Explore the use of the singing voice, speech, body percussion, small percussion instruments and even the recorder as tools for wonderful music making in your classrooms.  This session will begin with the breath and then facilitate partner and small group work to fine-tune your skills.

Singing and Movement Games for Early Childhood - The backbone of any early childhood program is singing games.  Come brush up your collection.  Be ready to collect new ideas and perhaps even share your favorite song.  This session will help you plan your first lessons that can carry you through the year.  All songs and games in this session are favorites of a long time educator and have been kid-tested throughout many years of teaching.  Be prepared to move, play and add some wonderful pieces to your repertoire.

Props, Poems and Stories, an examination of how to select the best materials for sensory work in early childhood - Is your closet full of props, books and ideas?  Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff in a toy store or a bookstore?  This session will explore how to identify quality props and literature for optimum music and movement experiences.  You will see some examples of props that hold “magic” for little ones, learn from the beautiful aesthetic of approaches such as Montessori and Waldorf, and examine books in small groups to identify what works best for music and movement environments.  This session offers a wonderful opportunity to purge your closet, think about new ideas and share visions for a classroom make over.

Singing for the Classroom Teacher - Are you a preschool educator who wants to use more music and movement in your classroom?  Would you like to improve your singing voice?  This safe and gentle session gives singing tips for the non-music major.  What are the best ways to present a song?  How do you get a starting pitch?  What is the best range and for what ages?  Are their fun ways to explore the voice with children?  What is an instrument that I can learn to accompany singing?  How do I preserve my voice as a teacher?  These topics and all the answers to your singing questions will be answered in this welcoming session.

All Out Session


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ECCPA 2017 Conference Costs
Includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch, handbook and PD certificate



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 Conference Dinner (Saturday night)

$45pp (2 course dinner).  Drinks are at bar prices.  All dietary requirements catered for.


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.

For further details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Applications due by 31 July 2017.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.  Applications due by 31 July 2017.

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