2018 National Conference
Keynote presenters: Soili Perkio, Polo Vallejo, Michele Ellis
Michele Ellis - Australia
Michele Ellis is the Head of Primary Music at the International Grammar School Sydney. IGS has a Preschool to Year 2 Orchestra, which utilises chanting, movement, singing, solfa and instrumental performance in each rehearsal session. The rehearsal method for this orchestra is based on the original concept of Song of the Day developed by Chris Belshaw.
In 2016 she was an intern at The San Francisco School. There Michele was mentored and taught alongside Doug Goodkin, James Harding and Sofia Lopez-Ibor.
Soili Perkiö - Finland
Doctor of Musical Sciences, pedagogue and composer, collaborator at the Laboratoire de Musicologie Comparee et Anthropologie de la Musique (University of Montreal, Canada), board member of the Carl Orff Foundation (Diessen, Germany) and Honorary Professor at the Sajashvili State Conservatory in Tbilisi, Georgia. Internationally renowned in the field of experimental pedagogy and musicology, he is developing research works in Africa since 1988 and in the Caucasus since 2006. Author of abundant didactic materials, musicological works, books, documentary films like "Africa The Beat" selected and awarded in International Film Festivals, and a recent edition of his field log book “It Ends when I get There” (Tanzania 1995-2015). Responsible for creating and presenting Didactic Concerts and Projects, he teaches in international music courses all over the world, and currently is holding two experimental works: one related to children repertoires and teachers-researchers training in the region of Kedougou, Senegal, and another based on secular and religious vocal polyphony in Georgia.