One Voice – 27th March 2021

One Voice

27th March 2021

WAOSA presents:

One Voice in collaboration with ANCA WA, Dalcroze Australia and Kodály WA

The voice is an essential tool in the music classroom. ANCA, Dalcroze Australia, Kodály WA and WAOSA have teamed up to present a range of activities for your classroom or choir. Sessions will be streamed to cater teachers in the Primary and Secondary settings. The WAOSA AGM will be held at the conclusion of the PD.



Date: Saturday, 27th March 2020

Time: 9am – 3pm

Registration: 8:30am

WAOSA AGM: 3:00pm onwards

Venue: Quintilian School, 46 Quintilian Rd, Mt Claremont

Catering: Morning tea and lunch are provided



  • ANCA – Angela Currie & Nikki Sullivan
  • Dalcroze Australia – Katherine Smith
  • Kodály WA – Rosalie Scott & Peter Shanhun
  • WAOSA – Kailee Marshall & Mary Walton



  • Members – $70 (This includes members of ANCA, Dalcroze Australia, Kodály WA and WAOSA)
  • Non-Members – $90
  • Students – $30

To register, CLICK HERE.

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Presenter Bios

Kailee Marshall – WAOSA

Kailee is a passionate music educator and advocate of Orff Schulwerk. Since 2015 she has been employed at Bannister Creek Primary School, an independent primary school in the east of Perth. During her time at Bannister Creek, Kailee has grown the school’s music program to include a Kindy-Year 6 Music Program, two choirs and an instrumental program all underpinned by the Orff approach. Kailee has been an active member of WAOSA since 2012 holding a number of different roles within the association. In 2017 she completed her Level 4 accreditation and in 2019 was fortunate enough to travel on a scholarship to Salzburg at attend the 2019 International Orff Summer School. When she isn’t teaching Kailee enjoys walking to her local café with her fiancée and singing with Consort Cantare. Moving into the future, Kailee hopes to further develop her knowledge and understanding of the Orff process and continue to explore avenues to make a meaningful music education accessible to all children.

Session Details: ‘Rhythmic Literacy through Speech Rhyme and Singing’

Underpinned by the Orff process, this session will look at rhythm literacy for upper primary through the media of speech rhymes and singing. In this session participants will leave with a number of different activities and repertoire that they can apply directly to their classrooms that look to enhance rhythmic understanding. In this session participants will create their own arrangements and have a laugh at the same time!


Mary Walton – WAOSA

After completing her studies at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music, Mary Walton has consistently worked with and explored music composition, production and education and, as a consequence of the results achieved, has become a highly regarded Music Specialist working with both children and adults. Mary has gained a wide range of valuable skills through numerous courses completed on the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education. These have included nationally and internationally accredited training courses, Conferences and recently a summer school in Salzburg, Austria and a study in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mary has directed and arranged music for many ensembles that have performed around the State, in a variety of venues and for a wide range of audiences. She developed and managed an extensive and very successful music program at a burgeoning independent primary school in Perth. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with the Orff process.

Session Details: ‘I Utter a Sound – My Journey Begins’

Our exploration with our voice begins as soon as we are born. We are surrounded by sound and then begin to imitate more specific vocal sounds and begin our journey into speech. In this workshop we will imitate sounds and explore how it develops to understanding of pitch and the possibility of making music.


Hayley McDonald-Burns – Kodály WA

Hayley is the current president of Kodály WA and a strong advocate for music education for all.

She holds a Bachelor of Music in classical piano performance from WAAPA, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Notre Dame and is excited to commence the Master of Music with a Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University this year. In 2016, Hayley completed the Australian Kodály Certificate in Primary Education and she continues to participate in a number of professional development 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. By improving our own teaching practice, we can provide all children with a quality music programme and bridge the gap in music education.

Session Details: ‘Sing with games and challenge the brain!’

Are your students being challenged in the classroom? Explore the benefits of singing games that are engaging, inspiring and fun to cater for your student’s diverse musical abilities.

This jam-packed session of whole class games, small group games and partner games with the use of body percussion, balls, cups and ostinato for the primary classroom will have your students eager for more. Come and experience how games can be transitioned to musical literacy through an aural-based approach.

*All games are COVID safe

Peter Shanhun – Kodály WA

Peter Shanhun has 19 years of diverse teaching experience in Australia. He has taught Classroom Music from K – 12, and Voice and Choir in numerous government high schools. His work has

covered many and varied fields and musical 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 in Primary Classroom, and recently completed a Masters in Kodály Music Pedagogy at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Kecskemét. During his time in Hungary, Peter completed a thesis exploring creative singing and improvisation, and also worked with the well-known community choir Csíkszereda Korus with Dr Árpád Tóth. He is currently implementing a Kodály based program in his work at Trinity College.

Session Details: ‘Improvwhatnow? Improvisation Activities and Ideas for a Choral Setting’

Improvisation can mean many different things in different contexts. While it is very valid to ‘sing the repertoire’ in a traditional manner, improvisation can be used to reduce tension, express individuality and increase ownership. It is also a valid skill in its own right and part of training the whole musician.

As the director is integral to opening the door to choral improvisation, this workshop aims to provide some practical starter ideas for directors who may not have improvised much before. Through an aural approach, we will look at the various possibilities of improvisation. We will use a number of folk songs, warm-ups and exercises, and even a piece from Broome to achieve this. Through these, we will touch on a number of different improvisational techniques that may be adapted to your setting.

Come and experience spontaneous creativity and improvisation. Explore how it may be assimilated into your practice, and compliment your choral work.


Katherine Smith – Dalcroze Australia

BMus, MMus (UWA), Kodály Cert. (KMEIA), Dalcroze Cert. (DEIEB).

Katherine is passionate about music education. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Western Australia, the Dalcroze Certificate in Music Education, the Australian Kodály Certificate in Music Education and is currently completing a Dip. Ed in Secondary Music Education (UWA). Katherine has worked as a freelance orchestral clarinettist, a clarinet teacher in primary and secondary schools, a primary school classroom music teacher and early childhood music teacher. She currently teaches for UWA’s Junior Music School in their kindy music classes and as a clarinet teacher with the WA Education Department’s Instrumental Music Schools Service. As the president of Dalcroze Australia Katherine works with a team of other volunteers to facilitate music and movement training opportunities for music teachers in Australia.

Session Details: ‘More bang for your buck: Dalcroze-inspired singing and pitch games

Dalcroze-trained music teachers seek to develop their students’ understanding of a concept through multiple lenses: one idea can be taught and learnt in many ways. This multi-layered approach provides a “way in” for all students and gives ongoing opportunities to develop mastery. It also lets the learner practice multiple skills as they approach the same topic from different angles. This session will demonstrate simple Dalcroze-inspired singing games and activities that focus on melodic concepts and get you “more bang for your buck” in the music room! Katherine will present two sessions, one for Early-Childhood and Lower Primary and another aimed at Upper Primary and Secondary School.


Angela Currie – ANCA

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she began her freelance career, Angela is much in demand as an organist, accompanist, choral director & music tutor. She has worked extensively with many choral societies as both the conductor and accompanist, was a piano tutor at Fettes College in Edinburgh, a music director to Scottish Youth Theatre, a recitalist across the UK as well as a church musician of some repute.

Since arriving in Western Australia she has continued this work as the Choral Director of the Mandurah City Choral Society and Royal School of Church Music Chorister Camps. She has worked as the piano/organ tutor, accompanist and choir director at All Saints’ College and is currently a piano/organ tutor and the College organist at Wesley College. As Director of Music and Organist at Wesley Uniting Church in Perth City, she has established a highly successful music scholarship program and lunchtime recital series working with and inspiring the next generation of musicians while bringing beautiful music events to the heart of the City.

Session Details: ‘A cup of coffee with your accompanist’

Angela is very much looking forward to sharing ‘survival tips’ for both choral directors and accompanists. She offers an insight based on many years experience (on both sides of the podium) in regard to their working relationship in presenting ‘A cup of coffee with your accompanist’. 


Nikki Sullivan – ANCA

Nikki is currently the Program Coordinator for Voice and Piano at IMSS. Alongside this, she is a choral director and voice tutor. She has worked as a secondary music classroom teacher, as aprimary music specialist and in the community. Nikki facilitates annual workshops for the WA Opera Co and has presented for ANCA, ANATS and ASME. Nikki has been a member of Intermezzo, the Perth Madrigal Singers, the Perth Bach Choir (Richard Gill) and the WA Opera Chorus, to say the least.

Session Details: ‘Just How Far Can One Round Go? – Making the Most of Rounds in Classes and Choirs’

Why learn many rounds when a limited number of well-chosen rounds that can address a variety of musical concepts can do the trick? Range, blend, intonation, diction, phrasing, harmony, articulation, inner hearing, rhythm, beat, melody, etc. – all can be addressed in the practice and performance of one round. Nikki will explore the many possibilities for warm-up activities that can be accessed from rounds/canons.


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COVID-19 Safety Measures

  • Please maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres
  • Please only attend the event if you have registered online prior to arrival
  • Please do not attend if you are unwell
  • Please maintain hygiene standards throughout the event. There will be hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes available in multiple locations around the venue.
  • Please bring your own drink bottle.