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2012 Events Calendar

Below are listed some of the events we were involved in during 2012

Jan 8-13 2012 -VOICES OF THE SWAN: National Australian Orff Conference, in Perth WA

Main presenters are Andrea Sangiorgio (Italy), Kalani (USA) and Robyn Stavely (Australia). Voices of the Swan is about communication through singing, saying, dancing and playing.

Level 1 Orff Schulwerk Course (creative music and movement education)

at ACU, Melb. Wed 18th to Fri 20th, Mon 23rd to Wed 25th Jan, 20129am to 5pm with presenters Susie Davies-Splitter and Dr Carol Richards.

This 36 hour intensive course is for early childhood, primary and secondary pre-service, studio and classroom teachers, music and performing arts specialists, caregivers, parents, music therapists, group leaders, allied health practitioners, musicians, artists and anyone who loves music or plans to use music in their workplace with children or adults.

Orff Schulwerk offers a holistic approach to music education. It integrates singing, speech activities, movement, folk dance and the playing of percussion instruments to encourage active music making in an inclusive atmosphere. The course includes the following 6 subjects: Orchestration, Pedagogy, Recorder, Vocal, Movement and Dance and Technique and Improvisation. Participants will be encouraged to develop their understanding and skills in order to confidently share music experiences with students of all ages and stages of development.

This course is accredited through ANCOS (Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk). No musical experience or knowledge is necessary however it is expected that participants will familiarise themselves with some basic music theory and concepts prior to the course.

Early bird registrations are due by Fri 2nd Dec, 2011 and all applications must be received by 16th Dec, 2011. For further info contact or click here for a flyer

‘Hearts in Harmony’ community music day for all ages at Federation Square, Melbourne, 9.00am to 4pm April 22 2012

This day is open to all ages, backgrounds and abilities – no musical experience is required. Join Jon Madin, Geelong’s local teacher/composer/instrument inventor and play some of his wonderful and wacky instruments such as marimbas, echo cellos, shaker rings and musical bikes.

Percussionist Steve Durbin will involve all ages in drumming and percussion; seasoned children’s entertainer Mike Jackson with his son Thom will teach us how to play ukuleles - just for fun; Warren Wills, fabulous musical maestro will entrance all with a singing workshop and Susie and Phi will have you singing your heart out with songs from all corners of the world.

With performances at lunchtime in the BMW Edge with the ‘Hearts in Harmony’ massed choir, Sistema Australia youth orchestra, this event should not be missed. Children under 12 are free, full time secondary and tertiary students and concession holders are just $10 and for the employed it’s only $20 for the full day! There are also family tix at $25. For more info or a flier, contact OR simply turn up at BMW Edge in the city on the day to register.

Clicke here to download the flyer

“I experienced the true meaning of community music at the 2011 Hearts in Harmony community music day. I was witness to the joy and energy that comes from communication through the Arts, and I felt the uniting tie of music as it connected me with new and wonderful people.” Bree Monks, 4th Year B.Ed. student, ACU

Thursday 31st May and Friday June 1st Radford College Canberra, ACT - Artists in Schools program

Saturday June 2nd ACT/NSW ORFF MUSIC presents...'Susie and Phil from A- Z' in Canberra ACT

Favourite material from their 'Welcome to Music' range plus new songs from their latest albums 'AlphabetZ' and 'Your Stage'

Registration and Inquiries:

Susan Curbishley Phone: 0423147970



Family Marimba Camp - 3-5 August - Candlebark Farm, near Healesville

"Back to the Future": The Reunion Camp! 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of our Marimba Camp. Enjoyable participatory music for all ages!

Guest Presenter: Valanga Khoza (South African music)

Also featuring: Jon Madin, Andy Rigby, Phil Melgaard, Heather McLaughlin, Christoph Maubach, Gary King, Susie Davies-Splitter, Lynne Burt, Judy Johnston, Liz Bennet, Audrey Fine, Nicole Alexander

Great weekend of PD and/or family fun. Cost for the whole weekend per adult $195.

For further information please visit To request a registration brochure please email .

For general enquiries please email

Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts (ECCPA) 18-19 August 2012

Making a Move – Explore the Performing Arts through creative movement & dance, singing, drama & stories…..

To register online or to download registration brochure click here

To view the draft program updated today please click here

To read more about this fabulous event click here

July 15-20 ISME conference in Tessaloniki, Greece Click here for information

Monday Sept 24 at the Melbourne Recital Centre -Pop Kids Animal Alphabet - with Susie and Phil Two shows: 10.00 and 11.30

Click here for more info and to book

September 25-28 Welcome to Music PLAYSHOPS and music shows in Margaret River, WA Contact for details

Oct 1-5 Orff level courses Perth WA. Click here for info

We will be running evening PLAYshops for early childhood in various locations around the country during the year.

More dates and locations are being added regularly so make sure you check back often

Please contact Janie at for details


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