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National Council

Founder of the Institute
Dr Deanna Hoermann
Members of the National Council of the Institute
President Dr Jason Goopy
Vice-President Jason Boron
Immediate Past President: Ex Officio Joel Copeland
Secretary Susan Creese
Treasurer Adele Hadgraft
Ordinary Council Member
Deb Smith
Ordinary Council Member Donna Cianciosi
Ordinary Council Member Tess Laird
Ordinary Council Member Susan Fredline
ACT Branch President
Katharine Finlayson
NSW Branch President
Catriona Turnbull
QLD Branch President Deb Brydon
SA Branch President Gaby Freer
VIC Branch President representative Ebony Birch-Hanger
WA Branch President representative
Rosalie Scott

 

Dr Jason Goopy
President
Dr Jason Goopy is a recognised leader in music education and experienced choral conductor. He is currently Head of The Arts & Choral Coordinator at Ambrose Treacy College and Sessional Academic at the University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University. His doctoral research investigated adolescent boys’ music beliefs, values and identity work in a single-sex independent school. Jason is the current President of Kodály Australia, a Council member of the Australian Society for Music Education Queensland Chapter and the Representative of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission for the Queensland Advisory Committee for the Australian Music Examinations Board. He is in regular demand as a consultant and presenter for music education workshops and programs throughout Australia, and has presented workshops and academic papers at national and international conferences.
Jason Boron
Vice-President
Jason Boron is Lecturer in Music Education at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia. He is an experienced music educator having taught in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary settings. In 2019, he led the introduction of a new music specialisation for primary pre-service classroom teachers at ECU. He has served in executive roles for the Australian Society for Music Education and Kodaly Australia, and is coordinator of the WA Australian Kodály Certificate Course. Jason is a past recipient of the Sárolta Kodály Scholarship awarded by the International Kodály Society. He graduated in 2016 with a Master of Arts (in Kodály Music Pedagogy) with highest honours from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary.
Joel Copeland
Immediate Past President: Ex Officio
Joel Copeland currently holds the position of Dean of Music at Canberra Girls Grammar School. He was previously employed at Radford College where he was Head of Music and Director of Choirs. Joel holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) and has been an exponent of the Kodály philosophy throughout his teaching career. In 2015, he received the Australian Kodály Certificate in Secondary Music Education and is completing a Master’s in Education (Educational Leadership). Joel obtained an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management through the Australian Institute of Management and has served the Radford College Board as a Director. Joel served 4 years as the National President of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA Inc.), is a past President of the ACT Music Educators Network and is a passionate advocate for Music Education.
Susan Creese
Secretary
Susan Creese has specialised in designing and implementing Primary Music programs that are inspired by Kodály’s educational
philosophies within P-12 schools including All Saints Anglican School, Moreton Bay College and St Peters Lutheran College. She is currently a Junior and Middle School Classroom Music Teacher at Ambrose Treacy College. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Master of Arts degree in Kodály Music Pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Hungary. Susan has extensive experience as a choral conductor and singer, having worked with The Australian Voices and Brisbane chamber choir, Fusion. She has an interest in teacher development and lectures in musicianship, conducting and methodology around Australia.
Adele Hadgraft
Treasurer
Adele holds a Graduate Diploma in Kodály music pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Franz Liszt Academy, Hungary and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from the Australian Catholic University. Her key area of interest is the integration of Kodály pedagogy into instrumental music teaching. In particular, the teaching sequence for beginner clarinet and beginner concert band. She was a member of the QYO Wind Symphony and has played with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project on six occasions. Adele is a Chartered Accountant, with experience in audit, financial accounting, professional mentoring, tertiary-level teaching and lecturing.
Donna Cianciosi
Ordinary Council Member
Donna is an experienced music educator who has taught students of all ages within different educational environments and has completed extensive formal training in Kodály informed pedagogical practice with-in Australia and overseas. Donna is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Education at the University of Queensland. Completed postgraduate studies include Master of Music, majoring in Aural Pedagogy, from the University of Queensland and the Advanced Diploma in Choral Conducting from the Zoltán Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferénc Academy of Music in Hungary. In 2018 Donna was awarded the Australian Kodály Scholarship for her nominated curriculum project, The Traditional Songs of the ‘Great Southern Land’. Donna is the current Vice President of the WA branch and is regularly invited to present papers and workshops at national and international conferences.
Susan Fredline
Ordinary Council Member
Susan is an experienced music educator who has taught classroom music and directed choirs, in a range of schools, to students aged three to eighteen years of age. Most of Susan’s teaching experience has been in the rural and remote areas of Queensland. Since being based in Toowoomba she has gained experience in Catholic Education and other private school settings. Her main interests, outside of the primary music curriculum, are choral music and making recorders sound beautiful. From 2011 to 2019 Susan was the elected treasurer for KMEIA National Council. She currently teaches in Music in two Catholic Schools in the Toowoomba Diocese.
Tess Laird
Ordinary Council Member
Tess Laird has been a music specialist for 30 years and holds a Masters in Music Studies from the University of Queensland. She is an accredited lecturer for the Australian Kodály Certificate, and was recently awarded Honorary Life Membership of Kodaly Australia. Tess has regularly provided professional development throughout Australia, and she presented at the International Kodály Symposiums recently in Scotland, Canada and Malaysia. During her career, Tess has demonstrated a solid commitment to providing quality music education in state schools, as well as helping to formulate KMEIA’s responses to the National Curriculum, and to the Victorian Parliament’s Enquiry into the Benefits of Music Education. Tess has worked on compiling a series of pentatonic exercises on an interactive audio CD called “Purely Pentatonic”.
Deborah Smith
Ordinary Council Member
Deborah is a respected authority on the Kodály approach to teaching and aural training. She has held teaching positions in many schools including Clayfield College (QLD), Head of Junior School Music at Scotch College (VIC) and Director of Music at Lowther Hall (VIC) and Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School (VIC). She is a highly sought after presenter at conferences and seminars where her informative, enthusiastic and entertaining style has always been well received. She is the author of “Musicianship & Aural Training for the Secondary School”: a comprehensive series of student workbooks, teacher manuals, CDs, videos and online resources for the teaching of music literacy in the secondary school music classroom.
  Katharine Finlayson
ACT Branch President
Katharine has been a Preschool and Primary School Music Specialist teacher for 32 years, working in Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and London. She has a B. Mus. Ed. Degree from the Qld Conservatorium of Music, with Distinction. Katharine’s sequential, developmental teaching programs are based on the Kodaly philosophy, reflecting her passion for singing. In 2011 Katharine received a National Award for Excellence in School Music Education. In 2014, she was nominated for the Katalin Forrai award for Preschool Music Education, which was administered by the International Kodaly Society. Katharine is currently employed as the Executive Teacher, Professional Practice for Music and the Arts in the ACT. She works with classroom teachers across a number of schools, supporting them to deliver music education programs to their classes and to develop choirs. She is the founder and conductor of the successful ACT Primary and Senior Concert Choirs. In 2016 the ACT Primary Concert Choir received a Community Service Award from the OAM Association, presented by the Governor General. Katharine is a Nationally Certified Lead Teacher (AITSL) and she is the President of KMEIA ACT.

Catriona Turnbull
NSW Branch President
Catriona Turnbull is a classroom teacher (currently P-6) and director of several choirs at Ascham School in Sydney. She has a keen interest in how children learn to read music and become independent musicians. Catriona combines this interest with exceptional IT skills and a love of visual presentation. She has explored and developed many resources to facilitate the education of children in secondary, primary and infants school. Catriona has a passion for choral music and believes every child should have the opportunity to find their voice and experience the joy of singing in a choir.
Deb Brydon
QLD Branch President
Deb Brydon is a primary music specialist who has returned to music teaching after working as a Senior Project Writer with Education Queensland’s Curriculum into the Classroom project, writing for Music and The Arts. She has taught primary school music for 20 years in both Charters Towers and Brisbane. Deb has been an accredited do-re-mi teacher and has also taught Classroom Music at Griffith University. She has been on the KMEIA Qld committee for 15 years. Deb has been the project co-ordinator for KMEIA QLD’s DVD Projects including Musical Beginnings, Middle Years Music Education and the upcoming Step Up With Music. She holds an Australian Kodály Certificate (Early Childhood) and is currently President of KMEIA QLD.
Gaby Freer
SA Branch President
Gaby did her initial music and educational training in Switzerland. She studied voice at the Konservatorium in Zürich as well as gained her qualification as a primary school teacher there. Since arriving in Australia in 1988 Gaby has been teaching music programs in schools and early childhood settings. She currently teaches and assesses Choir for Festival of Music- a departmental Choral Program for students in Y 5-7. She is the deputy conductor for SAPPS (South Australian Public Primary School Choir- an auditioned extracurricular choir). Gaby has been part of the National Music Mentoring Program (NMTMP) as an initial mentor. She will continue this role in 2019 and expand into mentoring the mentors as lead mentor. Gaby has been part of the KMEIA SA committee for the past 11 years, she has served in different roles and is currently president of Kodály SA. She is a regular presenter at their workshops. She has also presented for ANCA SA. Gaby lectures and teaches at Flinders University, working with preservice teachers in workshop series to implement Music into their teaching practice.
Ebony Birch-Hanger
VIC Branch President representative
Rosalie Scott
WA Branch President Representative
Rosalie is a Classroom Music Teacher and Instrumental Music Teacher (Voice) at Hale School in Western Australia. She has been involved in KMEIA since the beginning of the Western Australia Branch. She has been on National Council previously in her role as WA Branch President and is delighted to have the opportunity to represent members again. Rosalie regularly presents workshops for KMEIA WA, is an Australian Kodály Certificate accredited lecturer, and is currently Editor of the KMEIA National Newsletter. Recently she has begun to specialise in early literacy and numeracy development through the use of singing, movement and singing stories in the classroom. This area has become a new passion for Rosalie and she has thoroughly enjoyed developing a Kodály-inspired program for Years 1-5 that is being trialled at Hale School called “Sing2Learn”.

 

National Council Standing Committees
Education Committee Tess Laird (convenor)
Jason Boron
Dr James Cuskelly OAM
Dr Jason Goopy
Julie Logan
Deborah Smith
Catriona Turnbull
Finance and Strategic Planning Committee Dr Jason Goopy (convenor)
Jason Boron
Donna Cianciosi
Susan Fredline
Adele Hadgraft
Scholarships and Awards Committee Catriona Turnbull (convenor)
Jason Boron
Donna Cianciosi
Joel Copeland
Dr Jason Goopy
Tess Laird
Webmaster Dr Jason Goopy
National Council Project Committees

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