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WA: Kodaly Kickstart

20 February 2021 @ 8:45 am - 12:15 pm

Kodály WA Kodály Kickstart 2021

Kickstart your year with Kodály WA and gain practically perfect ideas for the music classroom. This half-day PD will engage you in experiencing musicianship activities and methodological ideas from a Kodály philosophy perspective. With streams for Primary and Secondary, there is something in this for everyone! 

Date: Saturday 20 February 2021

Time: Registration opens 8:30am. Sessions from 8:45am until 12:15pm.

Venue: Hale School (John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre), Unwin Ave, Wembley Downs WA

Cost: Members $50, Non-Members $65, Tertiary Students $20

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Micheál McCarthy

Micheál spent 14 years studying at the Cork School of Music, Ireland. He is a graduate of University College Cork, Ireland and the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, where he studied under Péter Erdei. Micheál has held positions at the Canberra School of Music – Australian National University, the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music – University of Tasmania, and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts – Edith Cowan University. Micheál is Director of the Cottage Music Institute, and offers a unique form of training to students of every age from 5 years through to university level.

Session details: This session will focus on physical and vocal warm-ups for choirs, as well as skills related to ensemble development. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for lying on the floor.

Jason Boron

BMusEd (Hons) W.Aust., GradCertMus Qld., 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 is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Australian Society for Music Education and coordinates the Australian Kodály Certificate Course offered by Kodály WA. He is a regular presenter of papers and workshops at local, national and international conferences. Jason is a past recipient of the Sárolta Kodály Scholarship awarded by the International Kodály Society. He was recently awarded the ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award for Innovative Teaching.

Session details: Come ready to be engaged in six different activities that will kickstart your primary music program for 2021! Core principles underpinning Kodály-inspired music education will be modelled as well as connections made to the Western Australian Curriculum. Pop your skates on as we cover 6 years in 60 minutes!

Peter Shanhun

Peter Shanhun has 20 years of diverse teaching experience in almost every teaching context in Western Australia. 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 in Primary Classroom, and a Masters in Kodály Music Pedagogy at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Kecskemét. He is now Music Coordinator of a K-12 program at Foundation Christian College in Mandurah, and loving the ‘Mandurah life’ with his new rescue pup Daisy.

Session details:

‘Finding Your Voice’

Engaging activities for secondary aural and musicianship training.

Most of us who have come across the Kodály approach will be familiar with the terms sequential, developmental, aural-vocal based, folk-song repertoire and music for all. If Kodály did not innovate, this approach would not exist. This workshop is focussed on risk taking and creativity from the teacher, as they find their own creative voice to inspire and engage students in musicianship activities.

Hilary Price

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 has recently taken on the role of directing the Irish Choir of Perth, and enjoys presenting and sharing ideas with music teachers around the world.

Session details:

It’s all about the Music! Folk dancing with Hilary Price

Experience various cultures through folk dancing to conclude this morning’s workshop. Learn some new dances to bring straight back to your classrooms, or to bring home and share with family and friends!


Kodály WA is committed to being COVID safe. Your health is our number one priority. Please DO NOT attend Kodály WA events if you are unwell or have cold/flu-like symptoms. Participants arriving with symptoms will be sent home to rest and recover.

Kodály WA events will adhere to current WA Government rules and regulations regarding venues and activities. Each event will have a specific COVID safety plan to meet the needs of the venue and nature of the event.


20 February 2021
8:45 am - 12:15 pm
Event Category:


Kodály WA Branch


Hale School
Unwin Avenue
Wembley Downs, WA 6019 Australia
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