Composition and Assessment Workshop @ Kew, Leongatha, Tullamarine, Bendigo, Ballarat
Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm

Composition and Assessment Workshop

Listen! I Made it Myself. The Why, What and How of Student Composition from Go to Wow!

A three-hour workshop exploring composition and 21st Century assessment and reporting.

Cost: $50.00
Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm

This workshop will look at the reasons why it is imperative for all students to be given the opportunity to explore their own musical ‘voice’ as part of a comprehensive music education. It will:

  • Provide teachers with strategies to build composition into their classroom and instrumental music teaching, no matter the level of experience of students.
  • Demonstrate how resources aimed at particular age groups can be used in both simple and complex ways to engage students in composition and cater for diverse needs.
  • Provide specific skills in assessing and reporting on students’ creative process using contemporary assessment and reporting practices
  • Explore the role of the Victorian Curriculum’s General Capabilities to enhance student learning through creative practice.

It has relevance to all teachers at all levels engaged in music education.

Mandy-StefanakisAbout Mandy Stefanakis

Mandy Stefanakis has assisted in the development, professional learning and teaching of music curriculum in Victoria and nationally for more than thirty years. She becomes daily more bloody-minded in her desire to see all students provided with the opportunity to develop a sense of musical self, through playing instruments, interpreting the music of others, arranging, improvising, composing and connecting musically with like-minded souls. Mandy  is a sessional lecturer in music education at Deakin University teaching undergraduate classroom and specialist teacher trainees and Masters of Education music specialist secondary teacher trainees. She was previously Director of Music at Christ Church Grammar School and Essex Heights Primary School.  She is very proudly past-President and a Life Member of aMuse and a current committee member. She has taught music from pre-school through to tertiary education She lectured in music education at the University of Melbourne where she also received her Master of Education degree. She has contributed to many arts curriculum initiatives including for VCAA, Musica Viva in Schools and the MSO and has conducted professional development to assist implement this curricula and also arts advocacy in Victoria and nationally over several decades. She is a member of the Advisory Council of The Music Trust and Music in Australia Knowledge Base. Mandy is the author of many articles and reviews and the Australian music focussed education kits, Turn it Up! written for secondary students.  She has conducted extensive interviews with musicians and filmmakers for the National Film and Sound Archive. Her major research interest is the exploration of unique musical identities. She is an avid composer and has written many pieces for school choirs and ensembles in addition to piano and orchestral music. Her obsession with piano and cello continues.


Arnold Hall CBSE

Tuesday 15 August –   KEW

Venue: Arnold Hall Lecture Theatre, Trinity Grammar School, 40 Charles Street, Kew
Workshop code: PL17CAA01

Wednesday 18 October –   LEONGATHA 

Venue: Performing Arts Centre, Leongatha SC, Nerrena Road, Leongatha 
Workshop code: PL17CAA04

Thursday 26 October –   TULLAMARINE

Venue: Gladstone Park Primary School, 15-25 South Circular Rd, Gladstone Park
Workshop code: PL17CAA02

Thursday 9 November –   BENDIGO

Venue: Department of Education and Training Regional Offices, McLaren St, Bendigo
Workshop code: PL17CAA03

Friday 17 November –   BALLARAT

Venue: Phoenix P-12 Community College, Hertford Street, Sebastopol, Victoria 3356
Workshop code: PL17CAA05

We are able to offer workshops in Geelong, Shepparton, and Latrobe Valley and outer suburban areas if schools would like to host a workshop. Contact the aMuse office by email 


Impact Music Conference – Bookings open @ Braemar College - Jackson Hall
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Impact Music Conference – Bookings open!

The Impact Music Conference is intended to assist music educators in the development and delivery of music programs that have a real impact on every individual student’s ability to meet the Victorian Curriculum’s aims. Targeting musical education for all students F-8, we will provide resources that link directly to both the Victorian Curriculum and/or National Curriculum.

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Big Kodály Music Day @ Kilvington Grammar School
Nov 11 all-day

You are invited to join Guest Presenter Joel Copeland who currently holds the position of Dean of Music at Canberra Girls Grammar School.  Joel has directed choirs, bands, orchestras and ensembles across all year levels and was heavily involved in the development and implementation of an International Baccalaureate inquiry-based music curriculum in the Radford Junior School.

Joel is an exciting young presenter who has excellent ideas for the classroom. He will present a ‘mixed bag of primary through to secondary games and provide alterations for using all of the games in different contexts.’

The workshop will cover 3 sessions for Primary to Middle School Music Teachers:

  • Fun & Games – singing for success within a play framework
  • Lesson Planning in the Kodaly Setting
  • Kodaly in blue – a blues unit for the middle school

Time:  9:00am – 3:00pm (Registration from 8:30am Morning Tea and Lunch included)

Cost: Standard registration: $120 KMEIA Members / $140 Non Members / $50 Students

For more information about Joel and to register, please visit our website

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