Connections – Past, Present, Future


Past – Present – Future

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Presented by: Dr Robyn Staveley & Carol Richards

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in deeply understanding an Orff approach to teaching and learning about music.

Over many years, Dr Carol Richards has analysed the Orff volumes and identified the themes and threads that trace the history of Western music, but importantly, how these make musical learning simple, accessible and doable for all learners. The learning will occur in true Orff style through a series of activities using Orff techniques and repertoire appropriate for classrooms.

Dr Robyn Staveley will then link how an Orff approach to learning is underpinned in cognitive neuroscience. All brains learn best when the foundation of their knowledge is based on active, personal experiences, working from simple structures layered into complex, connected forms. At the end of this session, participants will have a grounding for research-based practice in music education.



Date: Saturday, 8th July 2023

Time: 9am – 4pm

Registration: 8:30am

Venue: Victoria Park Primary School

Catering: Morning tea & lunch will be provided. Please inform us of any dietary requirements upon registration.

Participants to bring: All ‘Music for Children’ Orff Volumes that you own


  • Members – $100
  • Non-Members – $120
  • Students* – $80
  • WA Levels Registrants** – $50

All prices include catering.

*Students must provide proof of enrolment at registration

**This is a special price for those who also completed one of the WA Level Courses between the 3rd – 7th July 2023.





Dr Robyn Staveley

Robyn has been involved in music education for over forty years as a classroom teacher (K-12) and academic. She currently has an honorary appointment at the University of Technology Sydney where she was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Music, Movement and Dance, and Educational Psychology. Robyn is well known throughout Australia and internationally as a presenter of teacher training courses (Orff Schulwerk Levels) and workshops, and has written educational resources, materials, journal articles and book chapters. Robyn is a past president of her state Orff Schulwerk organization and has been a member of the national executive (ANCOS). Having completed a PhD on embedding embodiment and cognitive neuroscience in music pedagogy, Robyn now presents workshops and courses in Neuropedagogy in Music.


Dr Carol Richards

For over 50 years Carol has been involved in many aspects of Orff Schulwerk – in her teaching and in her professional development work.  She studied at Ball State University with Arnold Burkhardt, a pioneer in the Carl Orff movement in the United States in the late 1960’s.  In the 1980’s, she attended the English course at the Orff Institute (a semester), completed a Graduate Diploma in Dance at Melbourne University and attended Level 3 at St Thomas with Jane Frazee.

She used the Orff approach in her teaching at Richmond Girls High, then Monbulk High school before becoming a music consultant for schools in the region.  More recently she has worked with young children in China at the Minimaestros studio in Shanghai.  She believes that professional development teaching is enriched by continuing to work with students.
In the period from 1980 to the present she has given hundreds of workshops and level courses.  She wrote the Guidelines for the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk Level Courses, trained the presenters, and acted as Chair of that committee for 20 years.

She believes her strength in Orff Schulwerk is in the area of Pedagogy – being able to find creative and musical ways to achieve learning and engagement.


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