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President's Report

The Year Ahead 2014

As an organisation, we play an important role in providing musical advocacy at national & international level, co-ordinating major Australian events such as National Conferences, support for levels courses through national guidelines, supporting other significant professional development & the publication of a National Journal (Musicworks).These things form our core business, however when possible we support other significant projects & also individual states.

We have started the year with a fantastic 2 day ANCOS Workshop in Melbourne with James Harding & Peta Harper. The workshop was well attended with attendees from all over Australia. It was inspirational teaching with both presenters taking us on the Orff pedagogical journey in many creative ways. We were reminded of the importance of engaging students in their learning through fun & innovative activities and we will take our new learning into the classrooms across Australia.

The ANCOS Executive met also recently & looked at our future projects & priorities for the year ahead.

Levels Courses Update

All member states are running nationally accredited Levels Courses (1-4). Robyn Staveley & Carol Richards have been updating the guidelines & these are almost ready for distribution to Levels coordinators across Australia. There are some changes & the ANCOS Executive members for your state will be able to explain these to you. We have also mapped out when states are running courses in 2014 & these will be on the Website.

Humphries Parker Smith Donation Fund

Details of application forms for this scholarship are available on the website & applications are due in by the beginning of May. Please contact me if you have any queries about this. The information on the website will be updated in the next few weeks.

Website Update

This year we will be updating our website as the current one is very dated & we look forward to this improvement so that information is more easily accessible.
David Spurgeon’s Book Dance Moves

We are looking at re-publishing this book as it is a valuable resource. We hope that states will be able to purchase these from ANCOS & sell through their associations.

Donations Fund Brochure

This has been published & will be distributed across the states. This will also be on our Website.


Dr. Anne Power, editor of our professional journal Musicworks has informed us that the focus for 2014 will be choral music, teaching & learning and neuroscience & music. We look forward to this publication later in the year.
Musicianship Book

This book is a valuable resource & a group of people will be undertaking a review & update of this during 2014.

ANCOS Brochure

These will be reprinted this year with some modifications & updates following feedback from State associations. States will receive these for distribution.
Moorambilla Festival

ANCOS will provide financial support to this festival which is held in NSW during September. Please look at their website for details of the festival.

International Support

There are 3 undertakings for 2014/15

To pay the Czech Republic Orff Association’s 2014 membership to the Orff Schulwerk Forum (Salzburg)
Carolyn Royal Orff Level’s Course Scholarship for overseas people.
National Conference Scholarship for an overseas person to attend the Tasmania 2016 Conference,Tutti.

At the January workshop TOSA also introduced us to the 2016 National Conference in Hobart, Tutti, to be held from 10 to 15 January, 2016. Planning is well under way for this event & it looks to be a wonderful event with the main presenters being Lenka Pospisilova, Michelle Leonard & Shirley Salmon. You will receive updates about this later in the year. However I think we all need to start planning our January 2016 trip to Tassie!

I wish all our members across Australia a good year & hope that you are able to take advantage of all the training & development learning opportunities available through Levels‘ training & also member state organisations’ workshops & conferences.

Kerry Rayner
ANCOS President


ANCOS Donation Fund

You can now support music education and save on tax!

The Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk has established
the ANCOS Donations Fund to support Orff Schulwerk music education across Australia.
Donations to this fund are tax deductible.
For more information download the information sheet now.





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