Back to School Day 2018

Back to School Day 2018

Saturday 24 February - 8.30am - 1.15pm

Glendalough - St Kevins College - 73-75 Lansell Road, Toorak


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A great event for brushing off the cobwebs and kick-starting the new year!  Lots of inspiring, fresh and innovative ideas to take back to your classroom.

Two concurrent sessions run for teachers, covering activities for the early years (Prep-Yr4), middle years (Yr5-8), ideas for the music classroom and choral repertoire, plus plenty of ideas for teacher new to music.

There will also be a number of traders in attendance, providing a great opportunity to purchase some excellent resources at special prices. 

VOSA Presenters: Audrey Fine & Bronwyn Pierce

Audrey Fine is a founding member of the multicultural folk dance band Shenanigans.  She has worked as a musician, dance teacher and music teacher in schools over the past 30 years as well as in-servicing teachers on how to utilise folk dance as a teaching tool for children of all ages.  Audrey is currently the Head of Primary Music, teacher and Instrumental Coordinator at Bialik College in Melbourne.

Bronwyn Pierce is a classroom music specialist currently working at Toorak College, Mount Eliza.  Bronwyn teaches music to all of the Early Learning Centre, a combination of primary and secondary music classes, and conducts two primary choirs and the unauditioned senior school choir.  Previously, Bronwyn has held positions as Head of Music at Geelong Grammar’s Toorak campus, and Director of Music at Melbourne Grammar’s Grimwade campus.  Bronwyn has also lectured in primary music education at The University of Melbourne.  She has completed all four levels in Orff Schulwerk and participated in the International Summer School at the Orff Institut in Salzburg.

KMEIA Presenters: Elizabeth O'Leary & Ruth Friend

Elizabeth O'Leary is on the junior school music staff at Ruyton Girls School where she teaches preschool and lower primary classroom music, as well as theory and musicianship as a part of the instrumental program.  She is an accredited Kodaly lecturer, and has been teaching Musicianship as a part of the AKC Part B Course.  Elizabeth has also worked at The Australian Boys Choir, Young Voices of Melbourne and Princes Hill Primary School.  She grew up in Young Voices of Melbourne and is currently a member of Exaudi Youth Choir.  She was awarded the Australian Kodaly Certificate in 2012 and is a graduate of Monash University.

Ruth Friend is an experienced facilitator in training teachers in the Kodaly approach to music education.  Her 30+ years of broad teaching experience and expertise encompasses classroom, instrumental, choral and music and movement programs from Kindergarten to University. Ruth’s Flute tutor, ‘Put the Beat in ya Feet’ aimed at developing independent, creative young musicians.  She has since co-authored the successful ‘Take Note Music’ series of books and resources for the music classroom.  After 12 years teaching in the highly regarded Kodaly music program at Caulfield Grammar, Melbourne, she is currently Assistant Director of Music at St Kevin’s College, Toorak.  As a lecturer in Kodaly methodology, Ruth passionately supports music teachers and encourages quality music education in Australia.



8.30am Registration

9.00am All in with Kodaly presenter/s

9.30am Session 1 – Lower Kodaly (TBC) or Upper Orff (Audrey Fine)

10.45am Morning Tea/Trade Exhibition

11.30am Session 2 – Lower Orff (Bronwyn Pierce) or Upper Kodaly (TBC)

12.45pm All Out with Audrey Fine

1.15pm Finish


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Registration Cost

$85 VOSA/KMEIA members, $100 Non members, $65 Students/Concession

Price includes morning tea


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(online registration preferred - an invoice will be emailed as soon as you complete the online form - you can then pay later by EFT, cheque or credit card - all options listed on the invoice)


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