Her early musical influences in the world of Kodály-based teaching methodology have been Jean Heriot, Marion Stafford, and Mark O’Leary in Melbourne and James Cuskelly in Brisbane. She has studied privately with Piroska Varga, herself a graduate of the Liszt Academy
A private study tour of the Franz Liszt Academy, the Kodály School in Kescemet and the Kodály Institute in 2003 confirmed a quality of teaching, previously unseen in Melbourne. The musical skills of the students and the richness of the choral sound with such immaculate rhythmic precision remain unforgettable.
Julia has been member of the Victorian Branch Committee of KMEIA since the year 2001, making a pivotal contribution in the conception and delivery of many successful events on the Victorian calendar, including the establishment of the annual Autumn Seminar. She has been a key contributor to the development of the Kodály Primary Teacher Training course in Victoria also presenting courses in South Australia and NSW and workshops in regional Victoria and in Tasmania.
“Julia’s workshop presentations are engaging and well researched, solidly embedded in Kodály philosophy while demonstrating originality of thought and application to the greater world of music. She currently teaches at Scotch College and is generous in providing mentorship and opportunities for teachers to observe her work. Julia provides an excellent example as a fine musician and accompanist in her own right and is called upon to accompany at many KMEIA Victoria events and concerts. The “Sound to Symbol” workbooks written by Julia are an excellent resource for the Kodály based music classroom.”
Susan Searle, KMEIA National Conference, 2016
Julia remains a student of life in general and the Kodály approach to music education in particular. A well executed short macchiato, never too far away, assists with this.
Honorary Life Members
The International Katalin Forrai Award is presented biennially by the International Kodály Society (IKS) to someone who has demonstrated excellence in Early Childhood Music Education. Gail Godfrey is richly deserving of the 2019 award. She has not only contributed so …
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Australian Kodály-inspired music education is recognised internationally for its quality and unique approach. The International Kodály Symposium presents an opportunity to share your practice and research with the world, and gain a broader understanding of Kodály-inspired work beyond our own …
The KMEIA National Council met in Perth for 2 days prior to the 2018 Kodály National Conference. The meetings were extensive with discussions and actions focussed on improving services for members and advancing Australian music education. Kodály clearly articulated that …
Research plays an important role in shaping and supporting our practice. In support of evidence-based education, I encourage all members to consider investigating a curiosity inspired by their own Kodaly-inspired practice and contribute to the advancement of new knowledge. One …