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Orff: Piano Teachers' Workshop

Imagine transforming your teaching for AMEB exams and reinvigorating your studio and your students' enjoyment of learning piano?
Here is your opportunity to combine both exams and a creative approach to teaching where students can develop foundation music skills as well as enhancing their learning for the future.

Introducing a workshop combining the new Series 4 AMEB Piano for Leisure Syllabus and the Orff Schulwerk approach to Music Education. Explore new strategies for teaching piano using the Orff-Schulwerk approach to learning music with the brand new Series 4 Piano for Leisure syllabus.
This one-day course to be held on Wednesday 24 January 2018 10am-5pm will offer you (and your students) the opportunity to achieve more musical performances, enhanced learning, better memory as well as improving exam results.

You’ll be amazed how much fun you’ll have trying out these new teaching strategies and so will your easily distracted, screen driven students of today!

During each practical, hands-on session, presenters Susan Head and Paul Myatt will apply the Orff-Schulwerk approach (to music education) to piano teaching. The knowledge embodied in multi-sensory activities provides a rich learning environment for students as well as being fun.

In this workshop you will:

• Have FUN learning and experiencing the Orff approach.

• Learn how to teach up to 3 pieces from Preliminary to Grade 4 of the AMEB Series 4 Piano for Leisure Syllabus using the Orff Approach.

• Learn new “off the bench” activities that can easily be transferred back to the keyboard.

• Integrate the AMEB tests of Aural and Sight Reading as well as General Knowledge.

• Explore apps and other technologies that will enhance your students learning and practising outcomes.

• Take away a list of resources and online content that will continue to assist your teaching.

As all participants will sit at a keyboard and experience the power of the Orff approach to assist students participating in AMEB exams, there will be limited places available. Book now.


“Paul is an outstanding and innovative music teacher. He is endlessly curious in research about all aspects of learning in music, and having seen his practice with students, I can attest that it is very, very strong.” – Robyn Staveley – Lecturer in Education, University of Technology Sydney.

“ Susan is an accomplished, dedicated and thoughtful teacher whose reputation has been built on a foundation of Orff and Kodaly pedagogy, with a strong sense of direction, vision and creativity.” - Rob Hughes, Head of Music, Oxley College

“An almost speechless amount of resources, passion enthusiasm and above all creativity.” – Wendy Cooper Piano Teacher in Perth.

“The reinforcement that piano learning can be fun.” – Laura Kahur – Piano Teacher Sydney.

“Susan's passion for the piano and its repertoire carries over into her teaching style. Her sessions are conducted in a warm but challenging manner so that her students are totally involved… it is a pleasure to share the joy of music and the joy of teaching with Susan Head.” - Jenny Birrell, Head of Junior Music, St Catherine’s School, Waverley NSW