music   movement   education
Welcome to the ANCOS Website.

ANCOS is the peak body of the Orff Schulwerk Movement in Australia and we are proud to be the Australian arm of an approach which has promoted such high calibre, creative and fulfilling music education throughout the world.

ANCOS has affiliate State Associations in Victoria, New South Wales (with a branch in the ACT), Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

National Conference

2016 National Conference

10-15 January 2016
Hobart, Tasmania

Keynote presenters: Shirley Salmon (Austria), Lenka Pospisilova (Czech Republic), Michelle Leonard (Australia), Peta Harper (Australia)

ANCOS is offering scholarships to members of Australian Orff Associations who have never attended a National Conference.  For more information please click here.  To download an application form please click here

Applications close Friday 27 March 2015



Carolyn Royal - 2012

When you become a member of an Orff Schulwerk Association in Australia, and even perhaps in the world, you don’t just become a member of an organisation. You become a member of a special family.


Photographer: Daniela-Maria Brandt Carl Orff-Stiftung/Orff-Zentrum M√ľnchen

What is Orff Schulwerk?

Orff Schulwerk is a music education program pioneered by German Composer Carl Orff (1895-1982) and colleague Gunild Keetman. Its foundation was concerned with the child, the needs of the child and the emphasis on nourishing the musicality of each child through elemental activities of music and movement.