Orff Tales: Music Literacy in the Classroom – 20th April 2024

*Registrations closed Wednesday, 17th April 2024*


Embark on a captivating educational adventure designed exclusively for music teachers! Immerse yourself in a day of enriching literary exploration where we delve into creative strategies for seamlessly integrating literacy into your music classrooms. Discover how to:

  • Incorporate storytelling and picture books seamlessly using the Orff approach through movement, improvisation, speech, composition, and instrumental activities.
  • Integrate programs such as letters and sounds, Talk for Writing, and TFI to amplify the impact of literacy within your music classroom.
  • Incorporate music literacy, including pitch and rhythm identification and notation into your Orff activities, elevating the overall learning experience for your students.


Date: Saturday, 20th April 2024

Time: 9am – 3pm

Registration: 8:30am

Venue: Iona Presentation College – Junior School

Buckland Avenue, Mosman Park 6012

Presenters: Kailee Marshall, Lauryn Stanlake, Andy Stewart, Natalie Tran, Eboney Yapp & Annette McKerrow

Catering: Morning tea and lunch provided


  • Members – $75
  • Non-Members – $100
  • Students – $40

*Students must provide proof of enrolment at registration

Registrations close on Thursday 18 of April at 3pm. Please inform us of any dietary requirements upon registration.



  • Story to Sound – Kailee Marshall & Eboney Yapp

Discover techniques for transforming picture books into dynamic soundscapes and melodic arrangements. Explore the creative use of percussion instruments, vocals, and improvisation to bring stories to life through music.

  • Exploring Cross Curricular Literacy – Lauryn Stanlake & Eboney Yapp

Explore the interdisciplinary nature of literacy, which can extend into subjects like HASS, Health & Wellbeing, Science, and Maths! Join us as we integrate Science and Orff in the Early Years and Upper Primary, using speech and percussion to deepen cross-curricular connections and enhance student learning.

  • The Magic of Books – Andy Stewart

Using the Orff process, together, we will explore a picture book; imitate rhyme and rhythm; compose arrangements using movement, vocal exploration and body percussion; and improvise with found sounds, vocal sounds and non-tuned and tuned percussion, while incorporating a variety of elements of music and touch of fun and creativity.

  • Exploring Music Literacy through Drum Circles and Orff Arrangements – Natalie Tran

Join us for an engaging exploration of music literacy through rhythmic rhymes and percussive melodies! In this interactive session, participants will experience the dynamic combination of drum circles and Orff arrangements, designed to inspire creativity and expression in students of all ages. Discover innovative approaches to guide students in translating musical ideas onto paper, fostering essential music literacy skills. Get ready to drum, compose, and ignite a love for music literacy!



Kailee Marshall

Passionate music educator, dedicated teacher, and avid audiobook listener. Kailee is a motivated music educator teaching in Perth, Western Australia. Kailee currently teaches full-time at a public primary school and directs a classroom Music program, Pre-primary Music program, two choirs, instrumental program and school band. As if the little students don’t keep her busy enough, she has recently started teaching the big students at The University of Notre Dame’s Fremantle campus.

Kailee was first exposed to the Orff-Schulwerk approach during her university studies, and has been hooked ever since. Kailee has completed her Orff Level 4, and was fortunate enough to travel on a scholarship through the Public Education Foundation to Salzburg, to attend the Summer Course in 2019. It was an experience that she will remember as having felt like returning home to the mothership! Kailee has been involved with WAOSA since 2012 and has served various roles while on the committee. The Orff approach helps Kailee strive for continuous improvement in her pedagogy and she is constantly amazed by how this approach allows her students to express themselves creatively in a way that is inspiring and energising.


Lauryn Stanlake

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.


Andy Stewart

Andrea (Andy) moved to Perth, from Zimbabwe, in 2008 and wasintroduced to the world of Orff at a one-day PD, after meeting the then Vice President at a dinner party. 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.


Natalie Tran

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 has held the full time position at Rossmoyne Primary School since 2018. 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 all four ANCOS Level Courses and has also completed three of the Kodaly Levels to make up her Australian Kodaly 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.


Eboney Yapp

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.


Annette McKerrow

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.


***WAOSA is committed to keeping you safe. For the health and safety of all participants, if you are unwell, please refrain from attending. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided on the day.