Penny has been continuously involved in the Kodály South Australian Branch since 1994. During this time, she has served as President, Treasurer, CEASA Representative (Curriculum Education Association, South Australia), Resource Manager and recently as Catering Officer. Penny has been involved in the planning committees that have staged conferences in music education for SA early childhood educators and the 2012 National Kodály Conference held in Adelaide. For five years Penny has managed the resources sold at branch workshops, Australian Kodály Certificate courses and other music education association events. This service provides valuable support for teachers attending workshops.
Alongside lecturing regularly at the University of South Australia, TAFE (Technical and Further Education), the Department for Education and working 20 years at Gowrie Adelaide, she has also presented keynote addresses for ASME SA (Australian Society of Music Education), and ECHO (Early Childhood Organisation SA). At the International Kodály Symposium (Ourimbah, Australia) she spoke on the imagination and empowerment derived from Kodály-inspired teaching and again in 2007 for early childhood educators in Hong Kong.
Penny continues to present “Fun with Family Music” courses for families with children from birth to five years within Children’s Centres in Adelaide. She has found great purpose in helping families feel comfortable and competent in sharing music experiences with their very young children, even before birth. All her knowledge that she shares with families is based on the Kodály Concept of music education.
Penny has written two books and one DVD supporting teachers and parents with musical experiences for children under five. In 2019 she wrote ‘The Power of Music for all’ as part of the Department for Education series ‘Best Advice Papers’ for Early Childhood Educators in SA. She has managed a five-year Research Project with 123 Early Childhood sites across SA for the Department for Education based on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. This project was aligned with the national target of lowering obesity levels in young children. Musical experiences were central to the importance of physical activity initiatives within this project.
Her passion for music education as an enthusiastic committee member has shown her willingness to turn her hand to whatever is needed. Penny was awarded Honorary Life Membership because of her outstanding contribution to the development of early childhood education programs not only in SA but nationally as well. South Australia is very lucky to have had such a vibrant music educator who loves researching new ways of working and enthusing young children and their families on the power of music.
Honorary Life Members
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