Big Kodály Day 2023

Ian Harrison Memorial Workshop

Registration available at the door! Head over on Saturday morning to join us!

FINAL REGISTRATION TO GUARANTEE CATERING REQUIRED BY 1pm 14/11/23. If you register after this time, you will not be guaranteed any catering. Please BYO lunch.

Join Carla Trott (Primary) and Michael Bradshaw (Secondary) for a full day of workshops and outstanding professional development.

Date: Saturday 18 November 2023

Time: 9am – 3pm (8.30am registration)

Venue: Camberwell Grammar School, Mallinson Music School
55 Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury Vic

Enter Gate 5

Presenters: Michael Bradshaw, Carla Trott

A light lunch will be provided


Non-member rates include an Ordinary Kodaly Australia membership

Proof of eligibility will be asked for all Full time student / Concession registrations

Early Bird
Closes 21/10/23
Kodaly Australia Member$180.00$220.00
Non Member (includes Ordinary Kodaly Australia Membership)$250.00$290.00
Full time student / Concession$120.00$120.00

*Registration is taken through Humanitix who will add standard booking fees on top of the advertised prices.


All Primary Sessions will be presented by Carla Trott

Session 1


Are you looking for new songs, games and rhymes which can be used across a sequential curriculum (K-10) which challenge and allow for creativity? If yes (and you are keen for a brain work-out) this session will get you transforming rhythms and melodies in various ways.

Session 2

Executive Function in the Music Classroom

What is executive function and how can music have a role to play in supporting the development of these skills? In this session, the current research about music and executive function will be discussed and matched with practical songs and games. Repertoire aimed at Years K-6.

Session 3

Musical Multiliteracies

What does musical multiliteracy mean? What are the eight talents of a musician? How can we incorporate a musical multiliteracy approach into our classroom programs using the eight talents? If you are new to the aural-vocal approach of music teaching, or you want to dive deeper into pedagogy, this session will give you some insight into how a music program can reflect the multidimensionality of music. 


Timetable is subject to change without notice


Michael Bradshaw completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland Australia, graduating with first class honours and a University Medal in 2011, having completed a dual specialisation in piano performance and musicology. In 2014 he then travelled to Hungary where he completed his MA in Kodály pedagogy through the Kodály institute in Kecskemét. He stayed there a further year to work as assistant to the director, Dr. László Norbert Nemes, teaching musicianship classes and conducting the institute choir, as well as completing further studies in conducting, piano, and voice. In 2018, he completed his PhD on the music of Prokofiev, with a dissertation titled “Prokofiev’s New Simplicity and Expressive Form.”

Michael is currently a teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium High School where he teaches a variety of music subjects to students from grades 7-12, having previously taught music theory courses at the University of Queensland. He has been a lecturer at the Kodály Summer Music School Programs in Brisbane since 2016.

Michael’s passion for music education at all levels, and commitment to music for all, has led him to teach in a variety of musical settings. In 2016 and 2018, he made visits to Roma in Queensland Australia, where he worked with ten local school choirs aged preschool to grade six. He is currently the musical director of the Sydney University Music Society Choir as well as the director of choral music at the Conservatorium High School. In addition to work in Australia, Michael also regularly teaches for adults in Japan and Malaysia.


Carla Trott is a classroom music specialist committed to teaching and learning using an aural-based, sequential program. Based in Sydney, Carla is highly regarded both across Australia and internationally, with regular engagements to present musicianship and pedagogy workshops.

Carla is a highly skilled practitioner across the full range of schooling levels from kindergarten through to the senior years. She delivers an intensive and highly specialised program for musically auditioned and academically advanced high school students at the Conservatorium High School while completing her Masters of Education – Gifted Education (UNSW). She also facilitates a daily integrated literacy and music program at Fort St Public School as part of the Conservatorium High School’s Community Engagement Program.

A passionate believer in making music education accessible to all, Carla co-founded the Emerging Music Teachers Network in 2015. This group aims to provide free resources via online workshops, support and mentor early-career teachers to develop confidence in the classroom and, ultimately, enable high quality music programs.

Carla’s innovative work connecting classroom music learning with beginner instrumental programs, and for establishing the Emerging Music Teachers Network, was recognised in 2019 by the Queensland College of Teachers as she was recipient of the TEACHX Excellence in Teaching award.