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WA: Kodály Connect

February 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kodály Connect 

In 2022, Kodály WA will be offering our annual half-day Kodály Connect professional learning for Music Teachers, online. Come and connect with us from your community and discover new ideas for the Primary and Secondary classroom.

 Experience Kodály inspired practice from Kodály inspired teachers that you can take straight back to your classroom!

Date: Saturday 12 February 2022

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm AWST

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: FREE for members. Not a member? Click HERE to sign up today.


Registrations close at 9:00am on Friday 11 February!



All In


Engaging Music Games for the Primary and Secondary Years

Hayley Burns


Breakout Session 1

Music – The Secret of Advancing Literacy Skills in Students

Gillian Archer

Year 7: Musical Ice Breakers and Activities

Hilary Price




Breakout Session 2

Untangling the Western Australian Curriculum (PP-6)

Jason Boron


Engaging Secondary Students

Peter Shanhun


Breakout Session 3

Musical Play for Every Day

Michaela Ivory

A Hidden Journey with Fay Whites Victoria Sings

Kimberley Lloyd




All In

Reflections on Building a Kodály-Inspired School Music Program

Dr Jason Goopy


Event Close


Session and Presenter Information

Gillian Archer – Music – The Secret of Advancing Literacy Skills in Students

In this session, we will dive into the research about how music is intrinsically linked with literacy and examine specific examples of how music activities reinforce the general classroom program. If you are hoping to start an everyday music program in your primary school – this session is for you!

Gillian Archer is an experienced music specialist and enjoys creating music in an early childhood and primary context. She has previously served on the Kodaly committee as secretary and has achieved her Australian Kodály Certification (Primary). Gillian studied her Masters in Connecticut with Dr John Feierabend and has received FAME certification in First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege. Gillian’s professional interests include embedding Indigenous perspectives in the music classroom, multicultural music and pedagogies, and teaching young children to sing.

Jason Boron – Untangling the Western Australian Curriculum (PP-6)

This session will explore how Kodály-inspired primary music educators should approach, interpret, and navigate the Music Syllabus of the Western Australian Curriculum. Connections will be made to planning (both short and long term) planning along with practical advice for approaching assessment.

Jason Boron BMusEd (Hons) W.Aust., GradCertMus U.Q., DipKodályMusEd, MA (Hons) Liszt. Jason Boron is a Lecturer in Music Education at Edith Cowan University, Australia. He is an experienced music educator having taught in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary settings. Jason currently coordinates undergraduate and postgraduate units in music education. He is an accredited lecturer for the Australian Kodály Certificate and delivers the Musical Foundations in-service course as part of the Music Education Strategy for the Department for Education in South Australia. He remains active within professional associations as National Vice President of Kodály Australia and Vice Chairperson of the Australian Society for Music Education Western Australian Chapter. Jason is a past recipient of the Sarolta Kodály Scholarship and in 2020 received the ECU Vice Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award for Innovative Teaching.

Hayley Burns – Engaging Music Games for the Primary and Secondary Years

Begin the day with some new and engaging music games that you can take straight back to your Primary and Secondary classroom.

Hayley is the current president of Kodály WA and a strong advocate for music education for all. She is currently studying her Master of Music with a Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University. In 2016, Hayley completed the Australian Kodály Certificate in Primary Education, and she continues to participate in professional learning seminars, conferences, and courses in various music education philosophies world-wide. She currently works as a Junior and Senior School Music Teacher and Choral Conductor at Presbyterian Ladies’ College. Hayley is passionate about the possibilities of teaching music through the Kodály philosophy.

Dr. Jason Goopy – Reflections on Building a Kodály-Inspired School Music Program

School music education presents a powerful opportunity to shape and support
children and young people in and through music over many years. For the past
six years, Jason led the rapid and significant growth of the Arts Faculty at
Ambrose Treacy College, including a Year 4-12 class music and choral program
informed by Kodály-inspired pedagogy. This session will reflect on his driving
motivation, successes, rewards, and challenges of building and teaching music
in this program. It is hoped that this sharing will inspire participants with ideas to
strengthen and develop their own programs.

Dr Jason Goopy is a recognised teacher, scholar and leader in music and arts education. He has recently been appointed Lecturer in Music Education at Edith
Cowan and draws upon 15 years of leading arts programs and teaching music in
Queensland combined primary and secondary schools. His research
investigates the interface between music education and music psychology using
mixed and arts-based research methods, and his doctoral thesis received the
Callaway Doctoral Award. Jason currently serves as the Vice President of the
Australian Society for Music Education (2021-2023), President of Kodály
Australia (2018-2022), and an Advisory Group member for the philanthropic
Alberts Tony Foundation project, Music Education: Right from the Start (2020-

Michaela Ivory – Musical Play for Every Day

Engaging and creative ideas to incorporate musical play into every day with young children.

Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Edith Cowan University, with degrees in music, voice and education, Michaela has taught music in a variety of contexts. Teaching voice in schools, the Australian Girls’ Choir, and as a Teaching Artist for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Community Outreach Music Education Program, Crescendo, Michaela developed the pre-primary music program having fantastic success in seeing the exponential growth in her student’s literacy and numeracy and social development. After having 3 children of her own, Michaela decided to start her blog, The Musical Mum sharing her ideas as a mother providing musical experiences for her children at home as well as her teaching ideas for early childhood music in a classroom setting. On her blog, she shares songs, rhymes, music games, teaching activities and tips as well as the ways she incorporates music into her home life.

Over the next couple of years, Michaela would open her own early childhood music business, Nurturing Notes and begin to teach music classes for children from birth to 5 years in her local community. She also began to deliver community workshops at schools and libraries as The Musical Mum. In 2019, she gained her Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk Level 1 Accreditation with the West Australian Orff Schulwerk Association. In January 2020, Michaela travelled to Geelong, Victoria, to attend the Feierabend Summer School and during her time there completed a First Steps in Music Certification with internationally acclaimed and leading authority on music and movement development, Dr John Feierabend. In 2021, Michaela took on a new role at Challis Community Primary School as a Music Specialist for Years 1-6 and undertook her AKC Kodály Primary Level 1 and completed her Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk Level 2 Accreditation.

Kimberley Lloyd – A Hidden Journey with Fay Whites Victoria Sings

Explore the hidden message and beauty of Fay Whites, Victoria Sings Short Stuff. This session will look at lesson plans and ideas on how to incorporate Short Stuff into your classroom. From year 7 rhythmic dictations to year 10 modal work, the repertoire has something for everyone.

Kimberley Lloyd is a music teacher at Trinity College in East Perth. She is
an experienced music educator having taught in Scotland, America and
Australia in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary education. Along
with her Bachelor of Education in Music, from the Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland, Kimberley holds the Australian Kodály Certificate in Secondary
Education, and her Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University, California. Whilst currently on
maternity leave, Kimberley has enjoyed new roles such as, teaching kindy
students at UWA’s Junior Music School, presenting at the South West
AKC in 2021 and this year she takes up a new position at ECU Teaching
the Arts to our Master of Teaching (Primary) pre-service teachers. 2022
will also see the launch of Kimberley’s new music school ‘Little House of
Music’ which offers weekly, group musicianship classes for kindy to year
12 students.

Hilary Price-Keegan – Year 7: Musical Ice Breakers and Activities

This session will consist of a range of icebreakers and activities to engage and challenge students of all abilities in your Year 7 classroom. Activities will be sure to engage students you have previously taught, and those who are new to your school.

Hilary Price-Keegan teaches classroom music to students from Early Years through to Senior School, and is the Head of Choral at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth. Hilary holds a Music Education Degree from Trinity College, Dublin, a post-graduate Diploma from the Kodaly Institute of Music, Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary, and was recently awarded the highest Honours in Masters of Music, in Music Education (with a Kodály emphasis), from Holy Names University, California. Hilary is currently on maternity leave focusing on singing to her daughter, Shannon while also directing the Irish Choir Perth, and Hilary enjoys presenting and sharing ideas with music teachers around the world.

Peter Shanhun – Engaging Secondary Students

In some schools, we are privileged to be able to jump straight into musicianship and score analysis, while in others, students require some… priming for them to engage in active skill development. This session is a brief sampling of the strategies I am using to engage students in my current context.

Peter Shanhun has 20 years of diverse teaching experience in Western Australia, including Classroom Music from K – 12 and Voice and Choir in numerous contexts. Peter served as president of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia, Western Australian Branch from 2016 – 2017. He has completed the Australian Kodály Certificate and completed a Masters in Kodály Music Pedagogy at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Kecskemét. Following teaching at Trinity College, he is now enjoying the beach lifestyle in Dawesville when he is not the Head of Arts at Foundation Christian College.


February 12
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Online via Zoom