PRESENTER BIOS

Find out about all our amazing Elective Presenters at REMIX

ALICCSABI

Victoria

 
Alice Csabi

Alice Csabi is an enthusiastic Performing Arts Teacher at Antonio Park Primary School in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She is a committee member of the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association and loved learning about the Orff Approach while she studied a Bachelor of Primary Education with a Middle Years Music Specialisation at Deakin University. She has recently completed her Masters of Specialist Inclusive Education and TESOL qualification.

Alice has a passion for incorporating Indigenous Perspectives within the classroom and teaching students who have additional needs. Prior to teaching at Antonio Park, Alice spent four years working in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory as a classroom teacher of all subjects. While in the desert, Alice worked closely with elders and local assistant teachers to deliver a bilingual program in Warlpiri and English, and a Two-Way Learning program in Alyawarr and English. The Performing Arts were a huge part of each community and she loved singing songs in language with her classes. She had many conversations with locals and has been encouraged to share certain elements with others in an appropriate format.

Alice hopes that her session will inspire others to incorporate Indigenous Perspectives with confidence in their classrooms.

 

AMBER THOMAS

New South Wales

Amber is a musician and educator who lives on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches. She has had the good fortune to study the Orff approach in Austria, New Zealand, Finland and the USA.

Amber enjoys her role as Head of Performing Arts at a metropolitan girls' secondary school. Her teaching includes the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Middle Years programmes, with their focus on creative thinking skills.

Amber's favourite aspect of teaching music is developing students' composition skills. She values collaboration with local artists and composers to commission works and model creative processes for students.

Amber is a saxophonist and also loves integrating students' instrumental skills into classroom activities.

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AMY BURNS

United States

Amy M. Burns has taught PreK-grade 4 general music for over 20 years at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ.

She has authored four books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including four keynote addresses in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia.

She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

Her most recent publication, Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches (2020), published by Oxford University Press (OUP) is available from OUP and Amazon.

Amy Burns
 

ASBISDEE

Western Australia

Ash is a passionate music teacher and loves the creative approach that Orff Schulwerk offers to educators and students. She has been teaching for 19 years and is currently a music specialist at Aubin Grove Primary School in Perth, WA where she directs a classroom music program for P-6, a rock band, Drumbeat groups, an instrumental program and a choir of 105 students!

Ash is currently the Orffwest Editor for WAOSA and first became involved with Orff Schulwerk in 2005. She has completed her Orff Level 2 and is waiting eagerly to complete her Levels 3 and 4.

In the past 5 years, Ash has presented many professional learning sessions for her local music network, WAOSA, Musica Viva and for the 2021 ASME Summer School.

Ash is a qualified Senior Drumbeat facilitator which supports the use of drumming for well-being in both students and adults. Ash runs programs using rhythmic arrangements to support students and their emotional wellbeing.

She is extremely passionate about helping students to develop their own love of music and their well-being. She believes that high quality music education should be accessible for all students.

When Ash isn't teaching music, she loves op shopping, writing books and spending time with her family and golden retriever at the beach or camping under the stars.

Ash is excited to have the opportunity to be an elective presenter at Remix 2022 and she is looking forward to sharing her love of drum circles, sea shanties and Orff Schulwerk with the Remix participants.

Ash Bisdee
 

BELINDA SMITH

New South Wales

Belinda is a passionate musician and educator. Having graduated from the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music
(Music Education) Honours, Belinda has been teaching in primary and secondary
schools for the past 6 years as a music specialist and is currently a music teacher at
Kellyville High School. 

Belinda completed her Level 4 Orff Schulwerk Training in 2018 through the OSANSW. In addition to school teaching, Belinda also works as a vocal and instrumental tutor for  the NSW Department of Education’s Arts Unit, and teaches music education methods,  including Orff Schulwerk Pedagogy, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to pre-service music teachers.

 Belinda has been studying Balinese music since 2013, and was a founding member of  Suara Jaya, Sydney Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, playing and teaching with the group  for a number of years. 

When not teaching, Belinda sings with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs - Vox, studies at the Australian Taiko Academy, loves to travel and writes ridiculous songs for her niece and  nephews.

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BERNADETTE MCNAMARA

New South Wales

National Music Mentoring Program

This workshop is being presented by three people.

Susan Marshall is the classroom music teacher at Unley Primary School in Adelaide. She teaches Reception to Year 7 and has been involved with the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program for the past 5 years. Susan has completed Level 4 Orff Schulwerk Accreditation and is involved as a Levels Presenter in SA. She has previously presented Orff Focus Sessions at ANCOS National Conferences. In 2020 and 2021, Susan has been involved as a presenter for OSASA in the Music Education Strategy Professional Development Packages.

Deb Hepworth is an experienced music educator and art administrator. She is the Administrator of the SAPPS Choir and has been the SA Coordinator of the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program since it began in SA in 2017.

Bernadette McNamara is Program Manager, National Music Teacher Mentoring Program (NMTMP), Australian Youth Orchestra. During the period 1992 – 2003 she established the Musica Viva In Schools program across Australia and in Singapore before holding the position of Director, External Relations at Musica Viva Australia. She was Director of Development, MGSM and Director, Alumni and Community Relations at Macquarie University before commencing in this role in 2014.

CHERYL BURGEMEISTER

South Australia

 
Cheryl Burgemeister

Cheryl taught primary music for 10 years and currently teaches Music and Creative Arts at Loxton High School. Since 2014, she has presented music technology workshops at various national and state conferences. Cheryl is an author for Bushfire Press, developing music technology and additional print classroom resources to complement the Music Room series. She is a Music EDnet Mentor, as well as a Makey Makey and Book Creator Ambassador. For more information about Cheryl please go to her webpage www.mrsbmusicroom.com

CONNOMALANOS

New South Wales

 
Connor Malanos

Connor Malanos is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education in 2019. Connor is also a beatboxer, but as there was no way to major in beatbox, he majored in classical viola for his degree.

For nearly a decade, he has beatboxed every day, refining his craft and adding new sounds to his repertoire.

Connor has taken his beatboxing everywhere from the street to the recital hall, in a cappella groups, in music theatre productions, with festivals, with other artists, and in beatbox battles as ‘Mr C.’

Witnessing incredible engagement with beatboxing in the classroom since 2016, Connor has passionately advocated for a new understanding of beatboxing from its traditional ‘hip-hop only’ roots.

His 2018 documentary entitled ‘beatbox education’ was awarded by MusicEdNet with a place presenting all around Australia with the DAYTiME 2019 conference series.

In 2020, Connor beatboxed his way around New Zealand before returning to Sydney to deliver an online workshop series with Gondwana Choirs.

To date, Connor has delivered over 50 beatbox workshops since 2014, to primary, secondary, and tertiary students, as well as teacher Professional Development.

https://www.connormalanos.com/beatbox-workshops

New South Wales

Felicia Chadwick brings to her teaching extensive and diverse involvement with K-12

classroom-based music education, spanning nearly forty years. Her involvement with

Schulwerk underpins all her work. As a classroom teacher, lecturer and mentor

Felicia has enjoyed involvement with the development and implementation of K- 12

classroom music curricula in NSW.

Felicia has written teaching resources for The Australian Music Centre, Gondwanna

Choirs, the Musica Viva In Schools and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra education

programmes. She has ‘championed’ the use of Australian music in classrooms,

working with composers and performing arts companies to facilitate the use of

Australian music in schools, and performances attended by audiences of school

students.

Felicia holds undergraduate qualifications in Music Education and Education, and

post graduate degrees in Curriculum Studies, Educational Leadership and Gifted

Education. Her Doctoral thesis examined the development of musical potential in

children, with a specific focus on the provision of opportunities for music learning,

provided by home-based and school-based undertakings.

Although recently “retired” from full-time classroom teaching, Felicia continues to

work part-time at Queenwood School, Mosman, teaching and supporting the design,

development and implementation of K-12 classroom Music programmes. She is also

regularly invited to assist schools in the area of Music programming and

assessment.

 

FELICICHADWICK

Felicia Chadwick

New South Wales

James Madsen studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, graduating with an Honours Degree in Music Education, studying piano under Stephanie McCallum.

He has since taught music in a range of schools to children of all ages. With his background in music education and with a passion for composition, James presents music education workshops with his range of original repertoire, with a focus on improvising and creative music making.

He also produces and performs his much-loved songs and dances for children from his Jam On Toast music project.

He is a regular presenter at conferences and professional development courses for teachers, sharing his repertoire and creative music ideas and accompanying resources.

Over the years James has pursued his interest in composition work, producing new music in a range of styles. His contemporary classical music includes choir music, chamber works and solo repertoire.

Links:

Web: www.JamesMadsen.com.au www.JamOnToast.com.au

Insta: @JamesMadsenMusic

FB & Insta: @JamOnToastMusic

JAMEMADSEN

 
James Madsen

JANE NICHOLAS

Western Australia

Jane Nicholas

Jane has taught classroom music to Western Australian primary students for many years. She currently teaches classroom music full time at Willandra Primary School in south eastern Perth.

During her teaching career, she has enjoyed developing strong community links with Aboriginal musicians, artists, authors, Elders and the families of her students. She has used these links to create and embed culturally enriched lessons, resources and programs.

Jane has run numerous workshops for educators, presented at national conferences and internationally in Glasgow, Baku and Prague. Jane promotes a creative approach towards embedding First Nations cultures into music teaching.

Jane was awarded the ASME Music Educating For Life Award for Western Australia in Melbourne in 2017 and then the Outstanding Professional Service Award from the Professional Teachers Council of WA in 2018.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Edith Cowan University.

She is a committee member for the Australian Society For Music Education WA and has been a committee member for the Western Australian Orff Schulwerk Association for over ten years. She is a member of Madjitil Moorna which is a unique community choir singing Aboriginal and TSI songs, led by Indigenous musicians.

 

KATISALISBURY

Tasmania

 
Katie Salisbury

Katie is a passionate music educator who graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014. During university, she discovered Orff Schulwerk and has since completed all four Levels courses through OSANSW.

In 2019, Katie was lucky enough to travel to Salzburg for the Orff Institute Summer School.

Katie has a broad range of experience, having taught students from preschool to Year 12. She taught at Asquith Boys High School and International Grammar School in Sydney, and recently moved to Tasmania where she is teaching in two regional primary schools.

As part of this move, she is also teaching in the library, and quickly realised how well picture books and music education could be paired together.

Katie was a member of the OSANSW committee for six years, and is now serving on the TOSA committee.

She was also a founding member of Suara Jaya; Sydney Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble, and played with the group for several years.

KABOOPERCUSSION

Western Australia

 

Kaboom Percussion was founded by Catherine Betts and Joshua Webster in 2014 and since then they have taken the world by storm with their own unique, original and enormously successful repertoire.

Their popular education programs have been extremely well received and they have performed their highly sought-after School Shows to more than 100,000 students across Australia and New Zealand.

This huge demand has made Kaboom a full-time job for Cat and Josh.

At its core, the Kaboom team are passionate about harnessing the fun side of music, showing the world that music can be played with even the simplest of objects.

Sparked by their popular version of the Cup Song, this approach has seen the growth of their YouTube channel to more than 330,000 subscribers, with their popular videos being viewed more than 100 million times.

They are active in a number of different areas including: performances, recordings, touring, composition, commissions, workshops, school residencies, education programs, self-publishing, radio and TV appearances, and YouTube.

They regularly attend and present at education conferences including: ASME WA Summer School 2015 - 2021 (Perth), MENZA National Conference 2017 (Wellington), ASME National Conference 2017 & 2019 (Melbourne & Perth), Kodály National Conference 2018 (Perth), ISME Conference 2018 (Azerbaijan), ONZA WA Professional Development Sessions 2018 & 2019 (Perth), Teaching Artists Conference 2019 (Italy), and the Orff National Conference 2020 (Melbourne).

LISWOODS

South Australia

Lisa Wood

Lisa Woods is a Performing Arts educator who teaches Reception to Year 7 Music, Dance and Drama at Angle Vale Primary School in South Australia. Lisa has held a lifelong passion for Music which started with an opportunity to learn the recorder in a country school and developed into a love of singing and broader Arts appreciation.

Lisa presents locally for OSASA and has completed Level 3 in the Orff Schulwerk approach. She has also completed Level 1 of the Australian Kodaly Certificate and received the Kodaly SA Award for Recognition of Excellence in 2019 and has presented local workshops for Kodaly SA in the last five years.

One of the highlights was the ‘Welcome to Country’ conference in 2018, where Lisa presented new musical works in Kaurna language that had been developed in conjunction with Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP) at the University of Adelaide and with the supported of Local Elders.

Lisa participates annually in the production of the Public Primary Schools Music Festival as both choir trainer and concert manager, and has recently taken over the Regional Coordinator role for the Northern Metro Music Festival.

Lisa has been a regular attendee at local OSASA workshops over the last ten years. She has been inspired by presenters from around Australia and the world through attendance at the Sydney and Hobart National Conferences, and she is delighted to be a presenter at the SA National Conference ‘REMIX’.

 
 

MARK MCCORMACK

Tasmania

Mark McCormack

Music has always been a significant life component for me. Even when studying for a Science degree, Music was the choice for my 'non-technical' elective. I started teaching Secondary Maths/Science in Tasmanian Government schools in 1980 before making a change to teaching Music in 1999.

My first TOSA Summer School was an Orff levels course in Jan 1999 and that formed the basis of my Music Teacher training. Orff gatherings have been much appreciated over the years from local sharing of experiences and resources to state and national special events. There's always plenty arising from these to inspire, explore and challenge, then pass on to students.

Through 22 years as a Music Teacher, I've worked in various Primary Schools including a small country school, a large suburban campus, in socio-economic disadvantaged communities and finally, a Support School for children with special needs & challenges.

I retired from school teaching in April 2021 but continue to make Music with private guitar students and a (mostly youth) community choral ensemble directed on Orff principles.

I really enjoy helping people switch on to Music. If I can help someone with some basics and introduce some songs which encourage them to explore possibilities for themselves then I'm content that I've done my bit. As Richard Gill once stated, "The whole purpose of teaching Music to children (others) is so they can make their own!"

MICHAEL MCCONNOCHIE

South Australia

 
Michael McConnochie

Michael McConnochie is a Performing Arts teacher working within a large primary school in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide. He currently works with 14 classes of students from Year 3 to Year 7 as well as two choirs, two bands, a percussion ensemble and dance troupe.

Michael uses Orff pedagogies throughout his program and is a regular presenter at Orff workshops in South Australia.

As well as his teaching, Michael is also the Orchestra Manager for the South Australian Public Primary Schools Music Society, President of the Orff Schulwerk Association of South Australia, Tutor at the University of South Australia and Co-Convenor of the REMIX conference. He regularly mentors teachers (and pre-service teachers) in the building of Arts pedagogy and has a passion for engaging boys in Music education.

NORIKYAMANAKA

New South Wales

 
Noriko Yamanaka

Noriko is a primary Japanese teacher at the International Grammar School, Sydney.  She has completed Orff Levels 1, 2 and 3 and has subsequently incorporated the Orff approach into her teaching on a daily basis for the last 10 years.

She has been collaborating with Michele Ellis to develop special events for the IGS International Day, school assemblies, annual language camps, and STEAM projects. Noriko is working on publishing an Orff Japanese music book with Michele Ellis and plans to run school holiday Japanese workshops incorporating the Orff Approach for primary children.

Noriko attended the International Summer Course in Salzburg in 2014 and 2016 and recently attended the Orff Summit and Orff Forum held online. 

Noriko is a member of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and enjoys performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned conductors.

Her passion is performing in stage productions. She has completed NIDA acting courses and in her first stage appearance, Noriko was cast as the Queen in the pantomime Rapunzel! Rapunzel! with the Rockdale Musical Society in 2015. Since then, Noriko has performed with the Rockdale Musical Society, Rockdale Opera Company and Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company. Noriko is a violinist in the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

PROFESSO
ROAMCHIN

United States

 
Professor Rob Amchin

Dr. Robert Amchin is a distinguished teaching professor of music education at the University of Louisville (KY) where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes including Elementary methods, Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, secondary general music, research, and foundations classes. He also supervises student teachers.

He studied at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan.

Rob was an elementary music specialist in Texas and still works with children as an artist-in-residence.

Amchin has taught Orff teacher-training courses and workshops around the world including invitations to Finland, China, Russia, Austria, Israel, Poland, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Canada. He has presented at numerous American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) professional development conferences.

Amchin has contributed to various publications and projects related to music teaching and learning. He has also published collections of compositions and arrangements for elementary children including a collection of Jewish and Hebrew songs arranged for school-age children, published as a supplement to the American Edition to the Orff Schulwerk, and Modal Mosaic, a set of original elemental pieces for Orff ensemble.

STACESWANSON

United States

 
Stacey Swanson

Relentless, Passionate, and a little Outspoken, Stacey comes to REMIX with 15 years of experience in the Music Retail Industry and 21 years of experience in the field of Music Education.

Stacey has bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Bassoon Performance from The University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of Miami. S

tacey’s recent contribution takes a shift towards music advocacy. An active and vocal advocate for music education, Stacey participates in the NAMM Foundation and has been to Capitol Hill to advocate for every child’s right to music education during the school day.

She is also a winner of the prestigious Smart Women in Music scholarship, an honor that recognizes emerging female leaders, and gives back to music serving on the Board of Directors of the Give A Note Foundation and Miami Jam Sessions.

TAMARO'BRIAN

New South Wales

 
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Tamara is an Australian award-winning composer for the screen as well a talented and engaging educator. She has won a string of notable awards, the recipient of prestigious grants for her writing and has conducted and recorded in world class facilities such as Fox Studios in Sydney and Los Angeles. She gives lectures in both Film Music and activities in the Orff approach to music education.

Tamara has presented workshops for teachers at events around the world including Main Presenter at ECCPA (Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts, Melbourne) 2019, Malaysia, the University of Exeter, UK, Australian National Orff Conference, NZ Orff Conference, Chiltern Music Academy, UK, Explore and Develop Childcare (Frenchs Forest) franchise annual conference, and also facilitates teacher training workshops within universities, schools, preschools and daycare centers.

As well as teaching career spanning over 25 years, she has taught in many different schools across Sydney and the UK. For over 12 years Tamara taught and coordinated the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy Con for Kids Program, and instigated the Childrens Holiday Program with children 3- 10yrs, as well as adult classes in Scoring for the Screen.

Tamara has published 4 music teaching resources with Australian publishers Bushfire Press, and released a children’s teaching album. At the beginning of 2019 she returned from a year 6 year period in the UK and currently is teaching in a number of schools and preschools in Sydney.

THOBORDEN

United States

 
Thom Borden

Thom Borden teaches PreK-5 in Las Vegas and Introduction to the Kodaly Method at Vandercook College in Chicago.

Thom completed his B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction focused in Reading. He completed Orff Levels at UNLV and an Orff Master Level at the University of Memphis under Jos Wuytack. Advanced studies include music and movement in Paris as well as Kodaly training and certification through CSU with Sr. Lorna Zemke.

Thom is the past-president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter, founding member of the Las Vegas Kodaly Chapter (LUCKE), and has presented at numerous AOSA and OAKE conferences. He has presented in Australia (Melbourne 2008), Canada, China, Europe and presents across the US each year.

Thom served as the AOSA Diversity Committee Chair and is a founding member of the International Sharing Sunday USA organization. He has published Orff arrangements in the McGraw-Hill curriculum series SPOTLIGHT ON MUSIC and MUSIC STUDIO and has published materials on using manipulatives in the classroom.

Teaching Kodaly courses at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, his latest publications include a series of musical active and interactive singing games - FILE FOLDER FUN! for Music Classrooms - that assist in teaching concepts both live and virtually.

VANESUTZ

Paraguay

 
Vanesa Utz

Maria Vanesa Utz is a music educator, specializing in choral directing. She is a licensed in Clinical Psychologist. Post Graduate in Secondary Education, Management, and Didactic. She has a Master’s in Education, and she is also an active researcher.

Since 2001 she serves as a childhood education teacher. Prior to that, she held a secondary education teaching position at various institutions such as high school and universities.

Has coordinated different research centers and has collaborated and managed different cultural events for the government in several international cultural projects for the youngsters associated with UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Education Department of her (native) country.

She is a member of the World Choir Council as representative of Paraguay. Has developed workshops and conferences for professionals from Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Panama, Mexico, Spain, Portugal and the United States.

She is founder of EducArtenAcción Intercultural Child Learning Center, for early musical stimulation, research, and training of teachers in the musical education field. She is also the director of a community gubernamental female and children ́s choir.

She has developed an interesting understanding and teaching approach of children’s choral work utilizing playful strategies, objects, and movements from active pedagogies to creating system to integrate and merged the music with groups' dynamics serving as a transversal axis of their choral work and group therapeutic approaches.