Back to School Day 2023

Registration available at the door!

Online registration closes Friday 24th 4pm.
Come along and register at the door on Saturday morning. Details below.

Saturday February 25, 2023

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!

Location: Carey Baptist Grammar School, Junior Music
Wrixon St, Kew (Gate or Entrance 9) Venue Map

Presenters: Susie Davies-Splitter, Christoph Maubach, Stefania Miller, Alex St Vincent Welch, Lesley Collins

Time: 9am (8.30am registration) – 1pm

Accessibility information:

We are aiming to make our events as accessible as possible, so please take note of the following venue features:

  • Wheelchair/mobility aid accessible
  • Nut-minimised school with daily cleaning
  • Moveable, individual seating available
  • Volume control on all audio outputs – please advise us on the day if the noise level is uncomfortable for you.
  • Please note: this venue does have fluorescent lighting.

Click HERE to download an image of the learning spaces used for Back to School Day.


Registration typeEarly bird (paid before 11 Feb)Standard (paid after 11 Feb)
Kodály Australia & VOSA Members $95$110
Student / Concession$50$65


8.30am Registration
9.00am All in – Orff
9.30am Session 1
Lower Orff

Susie Davies-Splitter

Upper Kodaly

Most of the Focus is on Folk:

How musicians take folk music

and make it their own

Alex St Vincent Welch

10.45am Break & Trade Exhibits
11.15am Session 2
Upper Orff

Christoph Maubach

Lower Kodaly –

Musical Manipulatives:

A hands on, inclusive approach

to teaching music literacy.

Stefania Miller

12.30pm All out – Kodaly – Lesley Collins
1.00pm Finish


Susie Davies-Splitter – Lower Orff

Susie is a music and movement educator, award winning composer and an ANCOS (Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk) accredited trainer and leads regular Orff training in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. She is also twice past president of the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association (VOSA).

This year, she begins a new music position at Le Page Primary School as well as continuing to be a mentor with the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program.

Susie has co-developed the very popular Welcome to Music Series, which is enjoyed extensively by teachers, parents and children of all ages throughout Australia and around the world.

Christoph Maubach – Upper Orff

Christoph was music education lecturer at ACU Melbourne and at the University Waikato in New Zealand. Now based in Cologne, with visits to Melbourne and New Zealand, he works as free-lance music teacher. Christoph contributes ideas and resources in schools and communities. He is active Board member of the IOSFS (International Orff Schulwerk Forum Salzburg), teaches Cappella groups and contributes to the Youth Music Organization ‘Verspielt’ (Playful) in Berlin. Christoph has conducted workshops in New Zealand, Europe, Asia, Australia and the US and created Orff Beats a resource for Djembe playing in the classroom.

Stefania Miller – Lower Kodaly

Stefania Miller has taught classroom music for 11 years and is currently the Classroom Music Specialist (Prep- Year 6) and Choral Conductor at St. Cecilia’s Primary School in Glen Iris, Melbourne.
Stefania’s enthusiasm for Kodaly based music education comes from her love of singing and musical theatre. She completed the Australian Kodaly Certificate in 2018 and since then has been passionate about creating fun and exciting musical experiences for her students which are engaging and inclusive of all abilities.

Session Description:

Musical Manipulatives: A hands on, inclusive approach to teaching music literacy 

A manipulative is anything a student can put their hands on to assist them in developing and learning a new concept. This session explores songs, games and practice activities that include concrete objects to manipulate as well as why they are useful for creativity and inclusivity in the music classroom.

Alex St Vincent Welch – Upper Kodaly

Alex St Vincent Welch teaches Music at Camberwell Grammar in Melbourne. He has taught in Queensland, Canada and the UK. He is currently studying Educational Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne and has a keen interest in the intersection of how we teach music and how the brain learns.

Session Description:

Most of the Focus is on Folk: How musicians take folk music and make it their own

We’ll be engaging with a range of folk tunes from around the world and hearing how composers have used these melodies as a basis for their own covers and compositions. We’ll use them as a model for how to sustain your student’s own compositions through of theme and variation.

Lesley Collins – All Out – Kodaly

Lesley Collins is a Classroom Music teacher for Prep to Year 7 and Choral Director at Carey Baptist Grammar, with a wealth of experience in music education. Previously, she has taught at schools  such as Christ Church Grammar, Geelong Grammar, and ELTHAM College. Lesley’s passion for helping young students find their voice is deeply rooted in her background as an alumni member of Trinity College Chapel choir and her degree in Opera Performance. With a focus on reducing anxiety and increasing self-esteem, she strives to help students achieve excellence in their performances. Lesley’s extensive performance experience includes collaborations with renowned organisations such as the Italian Institute of Culture, Goethe Institute, Opera Society of Victoria, and with Joan Carden at the Sydney Opera House. She has also performed in various capacities, including as a backing singer for Paul McDermott, as well as a soloist and ensemble member in multiple concerts and recitals. Lesley currently sings with the highly regarded choir ‘Ensemble Gombert’ and is dedicated to continuing her growth as a musician and educator.