Andy Stewart


Vice President

Anita Newhouse



Amelia Verlato


Chadwick Beins


Memberships Officer

Lauryn Stanlake


Website and Social Media Manager

Natalie Tran


Levels Coordinator
Amanda Johnston


Orff West Blog Editor

Ash Bisdee


General Committee Members
Katherine Anson
Stephanie Balfour
Michelle Bein
Alice Chaney
Tanya Harte
Kailee Marshall
Annette McKerrow
Gavin Poole
Eboney Yapp

Committee Bios

Andy Stewart – President

Andy moved to Perth, from Zimbabwe, in 2008 and was introduced to the world of Orff at a one-day PD. Before she knew it, she was on the WAOSA committee as the Orff West Editor and later held the Executive role of WAOSA President. Andy has completed her Orff Level’s and had the joy of completing David Spurgeon’s Dance course in Sydney.   Andy has a particular interest in Dance and Creative Movement, and she has presented on this subject at many WAOSA workshops. Andy is currently the Junior School Music Co-ordinator at Iona Presentation College.

Anita Newhouse – Vice President

Anita is currently Head of Music at Grace Christian School in Bunbury. Her teaching experience is diverse, having taught Pre-Kindergarten through to University students in both classical and contemporary programs.

Anita has been using the Orff approach for almost 20 years, as it aligns with her desire to make music learning accessible to all. She is a past president and committee member of WAOSA. In her spare time, Anita also volunteers for ANCA (WA) as secretary.

Amelia Verlato – Secretary

Amelia is a Music Specialist who graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. She has worked in International Schools in Nanjing, Doha and Turin, where she taught Early Childhood and Primary Music and she currently teaches full time at All Saints’ College. Amelia was first introduced to the Orff Schulwerk approach at university and has never looked back!

Chadwick Beins – Treasurer

Chadwick has taught both instrumental and classroom music and held positions as Music Coordinator, Director of Music and Head of Learning Area (The Arts) at a variety of schools around Perth. Currently, he is the Assistant Deputy Principal at St Luke’s College in Karratha. Chadwick has been involved in and directed numerous bands and choirs and still performs on bass guitar, keyboards and vocals in his spare time. Chadwick completed the ANCOS Levels 1 and 2 courses and is excited to return to WAOSA and Orff Schulwerk which had formed an integral part of his passion for Music Education.

Lauryn Stanlake – Memberships

Lauryn currently works at Bicton Primary School teaching Music to students from Kindergarten to Year 6. She grew up in Zimbabwe and learnt piano and trumpet, completing both practical and theory exams through ABRSM. Lauryn studied at the University of Western Australia and then at Edith Cowan University earning the Australian Educators Prize for Excellence in Teacher Education. Lauryn has been involved with WAOSA since completing her Level 1 in 2021 and has never looked back. Orff Schulwerk has completely changed her outlook on music education. Lauryn’s main goal is to foster a lifelong love and appreciation of music in her students. She is a wife and a mum to two beautiful young boys and enjoys cycling, camping and playing ukulele in her spare time.

Natalie Tran – Website & Social Media Manager

Natalie has been a Music Specialist since 2012. After graduating with a Double Degree in Education and Music (Jazz Saxophone & Contemporary Vocals) from ECU/WAAPA, she worked at Swan Valley Anglican Community School, Canning Vale Primary School and now holds a full time position at Rossmoyne Primary School. Natalie’s first encounter with Orff Schulwerk was at the Voices of the Swan Conference in 2012 and soon after joined the WAOSA Committee. She has completed three ANCOS Level Courses and has also completed the three Levels of the Australian Kodály Primary Certificate. Natalie finds immense joy in singing, saying, dancing and playing the Orff way and sharing her love music to her students in all the ways she knows how.

Amanda Johnston – Levels Co-ordinator

Amanda currently teaches Music at Treeby and Mundijong Primary Schools, working with students from Kindy to Year Six. Amanda began teaching after returning from several years living overseas, where she was involved in a number of Arts projects, including show choirs and youth musical theatre. She was introduced to Orff-Schulwerk in 2019 after completing Level One, and joined the WAOSA Committee in 2021. When not teaching, Amanda is the founder and conductor of Tone Deft, a women’s choir specialising in pop and musical theatre.

Ash Bisdee – OrffWest Editor

Ash is a full-time music specialist at Aubin Grove Primary School. She has been teaching for 22 years and is especially passionate about teaching music to children of all ages to help support their musicianship as well as their well-being. Ash first experienced the magic of Orff-Schulwerk at university and joined WAOSA in 2005 as the Publicity Officer and then came back to WAOSA in 2019 as the Orff-West Blog Editor.

Ash has completed the ANCOS Level 1 to 4 Courses and loves the hands-on, fun and engaging approach that Orff offers to music education. Ash enjoys presenting for WAOSA to share her knowledge of the Orff approach and believes that music speaks to the soul and is a wonderful way for children to express themselves.

After all, “music is the one language that unites us all!”

Katherine Anson – General Member

Katherine has been a teacher for over 30 years in general classroom as well as a music specialist in Qld, NSW and WA. She is currently the Music Specialist at Secret Harbour Primary teaching Year 1-6. Katherine has an instrumental background in brass and has been involved in community music making all her life.

Katherine’s journey with Orff began in the late 1990’s in Qld attending workshops and completing her Level 1 in 2000. She finally achieved her Level 4 in 2023 in WA.  She has loved the journey Orff has led her on and most importantly the ORFF-ly nice people she’s met along the way and learnt so much from.  Katherine is excited to be a part of the committee and looks forward to the next adventure in her Orff journey.

Stephanie Balfour – General Member

Stephanie graduated from UWA and has worked as a music specialist at Christ Church Grammar School since 2009. She has taught from Pre-Kindy to Year 12, but currently works three days per week across the Early Years ( Pre- Kindy – Year 2) Stephanie has also taught music to pre-service teachers at Notre Dame University. She was introduced to the Orff approach whilst on prac, and learnt the principals and pedagogy from one of the founding members of WAOSA, Helen Wilson. Stephanie has three young children and has so far completed Orff Level 1. She hopes to take further levels training in the future.

Michelle Beins – General Member

Michelle is a Music Specialist who graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2013. She is currently teaching classroom music at St Paul’s Primary School in Karratha. Michelle was first introduced to Orff Schulwerk at a workshop presented by WAOSA during her university studies and could see the value in exploring this approach further. Since then, she has completed two ANCOS Levels courses and joined the WAOSA committee in 2014, most recently holding the role of Treasurer. Michelle enjoys using Orff Schulwerk to immerse her students in music learning and to develop a life-long connection to music.

Alice Chaney – General Member

Alice currently works at Iona Presentation College as a secondary Music teacher. Alice holds a Bachelor of Music and Drama Education from Edith Cowan University, as well as a Diploma of Music Theatre from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has completed her Level 1 training and is grateful to be a part of the WAOSA community.

Tanya Harte – General Member

Tanya currently works as the music specialist at West Busselton primary school teaching all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6.  She graduated from WA Academy of Performing with a Diploma of Performing Arts in Classical Music in 1997.  Tanya worked as an instrumental teacher for 15 years in the private school sector.  She then went on to further her education and graduated with a Bachelor of Primary Education specializing in Music in 2021. She completed the first ANCOS Levels Course in 2021 and Level 2 in 2023, along with Level 1 Kodaly.  Tanya believes in using a mixture of Orff and Kodaly in her classroom to give her students a balanced approach to music education.

Kailee Marshall – General Member

Kailee currently works at Bannister Creek Primary School as Deputy Principal. She has worked for many years as a Music specialist Teacher at Bannister Creek and other department primary schools in Perth. Her role as a Deputy allows her to advocate for the importance of a high quality music education at a higher level within her school and the department. Kailee has also worked at the University of Notre Dame for a number of years teaching Undergraduate Education students. She has been involved with WAOSA since 2012 and has held various positions within the association. Kailee has completed her Level 4 training and been lucky enough to attend various Orff conferences and workshops around Australia and overseas. When not at work Kailee enjoys singing with Consort Cantare and walking to her local cafe with her partner.

Annette McKerrow – General Member

Annette McKerrow is currently the Director of Music at Iona Presentation College, where she oversees the Music curriculum and performance programs across the Junior and Senior Schools. Her previous experience includes Primary and Secondary classroom Music teaching in Government and Independent schools in NSW and many years of international teaching in Sri Lanka and in Singapore, where she was Head of Music – Performance at the Australian International School.

As a Music educator she is passionate about ensuring that all children have access to quality music instruction and recognises the value of the Orff-Schulwerk approach for its accessibility and creative approach to music learning. She has a special interest in curriculum development through an Orff lens. Annette is also dedicated to helping parents, teachers and students understand the importance of Music in the well-being and overall development of young minds.

Gavin Poole – General Member

Gavin has taught music for 22 years now across the Catholic and Public systems. Currently employed at Willetton Primary School as the full time Music specialist, he works with students from year 1 through to year 6. Having grown up being involved in Music from learning the trumpet, playing in community bands, leading community bands as well as being a DJ and providing music for many people across Perth, its easy to see that Gavin lives and breathes music. Gavin is looking to expand on his knowledge and understanding of Orff Schulwerk by completing his levels in the coming years and further incorporate it into his teaching and especially with the use of drumming (djembe). Music is a universal language which we all relate to and speak in one way or another.

Eboney Yapp – General Member

Eboney has been the Coordinator of Preparatory School Music at Christ Church Grammar School, Western Australia since 2018. Prior to this, she was the Junior School Music Teacher at All Saints’ College for 4 years. Eboney holds a Bachelor of Music Education (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia. She is also a member of Consort Cantare, a female vocal group comprising of six music teachers. She first discovered Orff-Schulwerk in 2012 through the University of Western Australia and has completed Levels 1,2 and 3 in Western Australia and Level 4 in Victoria. Eboney has also completed Primary Level 1 and 2 of the Australian Kodály Certificate and believes all children have the right to access quality Music education which is inclusive, engaging and meaningful.