New Horizons: Kodály National Conference 2018

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Perth, Western Australia is buzzing with excitement about hosting the Kodály National Conference in 2018. This is the first time this conference has been held in Western Australia and delegates from around the world with be treated with a different perspective of Australian music education culture.

The conference is being held from Monday 1st October to Thursday 4thOctober in Perth, Western Australia, at the Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC Perth).

The conference theme – New Horizons: Diverse Perspectives, Shared Journey  – invites music educators and the broader community to reflect on new possibilities in Kodály-inspired research and practice.

United by the principles of Kodály’s philosophy, delegates are invited to consider their diverse perspectives working in a range of music education contexts and the implications on our shared journey as we confront new horizons.


Call for Presentations

The Western Australian Branch encouraged all KMEIA members, and the broader music education community to consider submitting an application to present an Elective Workshop, Paper, Posters at the 2018 Kodály National Conference. Full information is available on the Conference website.


Conference Keynote Presenters

Three Keynote Presenters have been announced and it is truly and exciting and inspirational line-up.

Dr. David Elliott is Professor of Music and Music Education and Director of Doctoral Studies in Music Education at New York University. Prior to joining NYU in 2002, he was Professor and Director of Music Education for twenty-eight years at the University of Toronto. He has also held visiting professorships at Northwestern University, the University of North Texas, Indiana University, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, and the Chinese Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing).

He is co-author (with Marissa Silverman) of Music Matters: A Philosophy of Music Education, 2nd edition (2015); author of Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education (1995); editor of Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues (2005); co-editor of Community Music Today (2013); and co-editor of Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis (2016)He has also published 46 peer-reviewed journal articles and 37 peer-reviewed chapters in edited books, including: The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music EducationThe Oxford Handbook of Music EducationMusic, Health, and Well-BeingThe Oxford Handbook of Musical Identities; The Child as MusicianGiving Voice to Democracy in Music EducationBecoming Musical; and The Oxford Handbook of Community Music.

Dr. Elliott has presented more than 300 conference keynote papers/invited university lectures in 47 countries, and he is an award-winning jazz trombonist and composer/arranger.

Maree Hennessy is the Director of the Kodály Center at Holy Names University.

Maree has recently relocated from Australia to Oakland, California, to oversee the renowned Masters in Music Education (Kodály) program at Holy Names. Maree has worked in music education across sectors and age groups, early childhood, school, university and community settings.

She presents regularly in Australia and New Zealand. Maree has developed curriculum materials and resources designed to assist teachers in the implementation of effective music programs in schools. She enjoys working in mixed ability contexts when developing musicianship and has a particular interest in and commitment to teacher development. Her work explores how reflective practice and collaboration can contribute to professional growth.

Borbála Szirányi graduated in music education and choral conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music in 1997. In her final academic year she participated in Prof. Peter Erdei’s conducting master course in Oxford.

From 1996 to 2015 she worked at the music school of the Hungarian State Opera House’s children’s choir as classroom music teacher and choir conductor.

In 1999 she conducted demonstration lessons for the Kodály Institute.

From 2000 she has regularly taught as a visiting professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where the Kodály programme was launched by her direction. The Conservatory’s female choir and mixed choir were founded under her guidance. They performed several concerts with both Western European and Chinese programme, worked together with the Chinese conductor Muhai Tang and published a CD.

In 2000 she was a visiting professor in the Kodály programme at the Holy Names College in Oakland, California.

She conducted Kodály courses at Shanghai (2001), Canton, (2005, 2006), Dublin (2013, 2014), Singapore (2013, 2014) Wales (2015, 2016), Bucharest (2016), Buenos Aires (2017) and Telford (2017).

In 2010, she conducted a choir-workshop for the Hong Kong Treble Choir and in 2016, she taught at the 37th International Choral Conducting Summer School, in Limerick.

From 2010 she has lectured the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. She regularly conducts post-graduate courses for Hungarian music teachers. From 2014 she teaches at the Kós Károly Általános Iskola that is part of the Mintaiskola project led by the Liszt Academy of Music. In this project she and her colleagues experiment new music methodological techniques based on the Kodály concept in order to refresh and renew the Hungarian music pedagogy, making it more adaptable to the 21st century classroom.

Australian Kodály Certificate Course (WA)

The Western Australian Branch is also pleased to announce that a full Australian Kodály Certificate Course will operate alongside the Conference program.

The AKC will be delivered as an 11 day program in two blocks.

Block 1 (6 days): 1 – 6 July 2018
Block 2 (6 Days): 30 September – 4 October 2018  (Concurrent to the National Conference)

Delegates have the benefit of fulfilling their AKC assessment requirements whilst being able to concurrently engage in the broader Conference program.

Streams Offered: Early Childhood Level 2, Primary Levels 1-3 and Secondary 1-3

Presenter information and registration for the AKC will be available soon.

Be sure to check out the conference website for more information on the Conference or the AKC. These are two events that are not to be missed!

Rosalie Scott
WA Branch President

Jason Boron
Conference Convenor & AKC Course Coordinator


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