Back to School Day

Saturday March 20, 2021

Join Kodály Vic and the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association (VOSA) for our annual Back to School Day! The morning will include workshops run by Kodály and Orff experts! Brush off the cobwebs and kick-start the New Year. Be inspired by fresh and innovative ideas!

Venue: St Kevin’s College, Glendalough Campus, 75 Lansell Road, Toorak
Boyd Egan Hall

Presenters: Kathryn Anderson (lower Orff), Marion Stafford (lower Kodály), Deb Tait (upper Orff), Elizabeth Tindall (upper Kodály)

View a copy of our COVIDSafe Event Checklist here.


Registration typeEarly bird (paid before 6 March)Standard (paid after 6 March)
Kodály Australia & VOSA Members $80$95
Student / Concession$50$65


You will be asked to select which session you wish to attend at registration.

8.30am Registration & COVIDSafety Check in
9.00am All in – Orff
9.30am Session 1
Lower Orff Upper Kodaly
10.45am Break & Trade Exhibits
11.15am Session 2
Upper Orff Lower Kodaly
12.30pm All out – Kodaly
1.00pm Finish


Kathryn Anderson – Lower Orff

Teaching Music, Art and Drama in primary schools in the Geelong and Wyndham region, Kathryn draws on Orff Schulwerk and Waldorf Steiner pedagogies to create integrated units which combine story, song, dance, drama and artistic imagery with an aim to bring joy and wonder to children’s days.

Kathryn has taught instrumental and classroom Music since 1996. Currently, Kathryn is an early childhood Visual Art teacher at Truganina College and Treasurer of the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association.

Marion Stafford – Lower Kodály

Marion is a highly respected Kodály Music educator who has taught throughout all levels – from Preschool to Tertiary. She is a graduate of Melbourne University and the prestigious Holy Names Summer Institute in Oakland California. Marion has made a significant contribution to the development of teacher training courses in Melbourne and served as President of the Victorian branch of KMEIA for many years. Marion is currently the Head of Music in the Junior School at the Wheelers Hill campus of Caulfield Grammar School and directs the Beginning Training Choir of Young Voices of Melbourne.

Debbie Tait – Upper Orff

Debbie Tait began her teaching career in the regular classroom with never a thought of becoming a music teacher until she was ‘co-opted’ into the role in the early 90s. She developed an interest in folk dance and Balkan music through workshops and conferences and her varied interests in music have led from singing madrigals and playing in early music ensembles to playing and dancing the traditional music of the Balkans in world music festivals. Debbie was a VOSA committee member for 5 years and has taught music for nearly 30 years in the state and private systems. She has sung in numerous Melbourne choirs and currently directs a community choir in Blackburn North. Debbie attended the World Music Village conference in Finland during 2018 and her teaching is still inspired by the memories of that time reinforced by the wonderful world of online conferencing in the time of global pandemics!

Elizabeth Tindall – Upper Kodály

Elizabeth’s passion for Kodály music education has been developed through her experience as a classroom music teacher in ELC, primary and secondary contexts. She is a skilled choral conductor and singing teacher, having worked with voices of all ages. Elizabeth brings her strong pedagogical knowledge of the singing voice into both choral and classroom settings, encouraging healthy and joyful singing at all ages.

Elizabeth is currently the Head of Rathfarnham Music at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, where she has been a member of staff for over 10 years. Her tertiary studies commenced with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) and a Bachelor of Arts (History), before she wrote her Bachelor of Music Honours thesis. She holds a Master of Music Performance-Teaching degree (Classical Voice and Choral Conducting) and a Graduate Diploma in Education.