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WA: Autumn Workshop

May 18

Kodály WA is excited to announce the Autumn Workshop event scheduled for Saturday, 18 May 2024, at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School.

This event is FREE for members and features an innovative secondary music education stream led by Dr Jason Goopy and Andrew Pennay. It is designed to celebrate and support the implementation of the new WA Year 12 ATAR Music Course.

Of course our primary teaching colleagues have not been forgotten, with Kate Tyson leading this stream. Clearly, this is an event not to be missed by any music educator!

Please remember that while registration is free, places are limited (due to catering and session capacity requirements), so please register online as soon as possible to secure your spot.

Date: Saturday 18 May 2024
Time: 8.00 am – 4.45 pm
Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School
Key Presenters: Dr Jason Goopy (WA), Andrew Pennay (Qld) and Kate Tyson (Qld)

Register Now

Not a member? No problem! We welcome you to join online via our website at www.kodaly.org.au/membership. Membership rates are detailed below.

Ordinary Membership: $70 per year
Corporate Membership: $100 per year
Tertiary Student Membership: FREE
Concession/Retired: $40 per year

Once you have processed your membership online, please register for the workshop using the online event registration form.

Autumn Workshop Timetable
(Updated 11 April 2024)
8.00am-8.30am  REGISTRATION
8.30am- 9.10am Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country
ALL IN with Dr Jason Goopy

Keynote: Tell us what you really think

This keynote reveals the perspectives of students flourishing in and through Kodaly-inspired music education in a mainstream school.

Secondary Stream:  Primary Stream:
9.10am-10.10am Andrew Pennay – 5 Musts for Song Writers   Exploring five techniques for enhancing meaning in song This morning, we use active music making to explore, experiment, and create new music that moves us, both as listener and composer. Kate Tyson – Session 1
10.10am-10.40am  MORNING TEA (provided)
10.40am-11.40am Andrew Pennay – TAYLOR FOR PRESIDENT:                         Swift techniques for swift success

This rapid-fire exploration of Taylor Swift’s unique compositional voice provides a doorway into creative composing projects for lower and upper secondary students.

Kate Tyson – Session 2
11.45am-12.30pm Panel Discussion:

Dr Jason Goopy, Andrew Pennay, Kate Tyson

12.30pm-1.30pm LUNCH (provided)
1.30pm 2.30pm Lightning Sessions:
A showcase of teachers aligned with these guiding principles

  • Music first
  • Singer-songwriting
  • Differentiation
  • Explicit teaching
  • Inclusive learning
  • Thinking in sound
  • Active music making
  • Sequential learning
Kate Tyson – Session 3
2.30pm-3.30pm  Andrew Pennay- Roll over Beethoven

Engaging the mind/heart/ears/hands of the modern composer

We sing, dance, play, create, and ideate, to remember the power of physicality, musicality, and curiosity in the composing process 

Kate Tyson – Session 4
3.30pm-3.40pm  AFTERNOON BREAK
3.40pm-4.10pm Dr Jason Goopy: Teaching without worksheets

This session showcases building student’s “written” understanding through active music-making.

Kate Tyson – Session 5
4.15pm-4.45pm  ALL IN-closing remarks: Dr Jason Goopy


Autumn Workshop Presenters

Key Presenters:

Dr Jason Goopy (WA) is a recognized teacher, scholar, and leader in music education and a specialist in Australian Kodály-inspired pedagogy. He is currently Lecturer and Coordinator of Secondary Music & Instrumental Music Education at Edith Cowan University and draws upon 15 years of teaching music in Queensland combined primary and secondary schools. He was previously Head of the Arts & Choral Coordinator at Ambrose Treacy College (4-12) and prior was a Highly Accomplished Teacher at Brisbane Boys’ College (P-12) where he established a daily music program for all students from Prep to Year 3. Jason is known for developing engaging programs that connect to real-world practices and nurture multiple musical identities. He is the current President of the Australian Society for Music Education and Immediate Past President and Education Committee Convenor of Kodály Australia.

Andrew Pennay (Qld) is Director of Creative Arts at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. He has lectured in music education at a tertiary level and presented nationally and internationally on popular music education, musicianship, upper secondary teaching methodology, and teaching for creativity and curiosity. For 12 years, he was a performer and Assistant Conductor with The Australian Voices, touring new Australian choral music globally. Andrew has received a National Award for Excellence in School Music Education (2011) and an Award for Excellence in Australian Kodály-inspired Music Education (Innovation) in 2022. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies in songwriting pedagogy.

Kate Tyson (Qld) (née Thompson) is a frequent guest clinician at conferences and workshops across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Kate has taught classroom music for fifteen years at both state and independent schools and is currently the Coordinator of Curriculum Music at Ambrose Treacy College in Brisbane. She is a Past President of Kodaly Queensland and loves finding new ways to engage her choral and classroom music students.


Lightning Session Presenters:

To be announced soon.

Contact Us

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email to wa@kodaly.org.au.

President Rebecca De Haan
Vice President Hilary Price-Keegan
Secretary Freya Petersen
Treasurer Mel Mason
Committee Members
Jason Boron
Veronica Aske
Elissa Fleming
Lana Winfield
Kimberley Lloyd
Branch Administrator Breeanna Kossen



May 18
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