2016 Scholarship and Award Recipients

Australian Kodály Scholarship

Jodie O’Regan
South Australia

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Jodie is an Adelaide based singer, conductor, teacher and composer. She specialises in working with adult community choirs, and is passionate about the opportunity choirs offer for music education. She runs several groups in Adelaide and is sought after to run ad hoc choirs at folk festivals in South Australia and Victoria. While studying at the University of Queensland Jodie fell in love with the Kodály philosophy and has adapted the practices to work with adults. Jodie sings in a seven voice gospel group, a folk duo with her husband and Adelaide based touring opera company Co-Opera.

Project Working Title:
Music for All of Us

Brief Project Overview:
The aim of the project is to make a freely available online resource drawing together Jodie’s reflections, experiences and the materials she has developed in teaching Kodály inspired musicianship to older adults within community choir settings. She will spend ten weeks to prepare and publish the materials she has developed so that other directors and teachers working with older adults could access and use the material. This material will be published online and made freely available.

I passionately believe that “music for all” should include people of all ages. In my experience older singers delight in the opportunity to learn new skills delivered with a teaching approach that caters to their needs. Many older choristers have not had music education opportunities and have consequently remained musically illiterate through their lives. The joy I have witnessed when people later in life gain access to an educated, literate approach to music making, has been magnificent. I would like to be able to help other music directors and educators have the capacity to offer this engagement and joy to their choristers and students. I have learnt that excellent music teaching for older beginners requires rigorous and specific skills that I have developed through my teaching experience, informed by my Masters studies, where I have shaped Kodály methodology to my students’ requirements. Many community choir directors haven’t had the opportunity to study Kodály and I am keen to share with colleagues how this framework has so successfully informed and shaped my work. For the wider Australian community, music education for older singers can make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of people in that age group. Music education for older Australians contributes to people’s mental, physical and social engagement. It allows older people dignity and a sense of mastery and pride – feelings that can be sorely lacking for the elderly in our community.

Enid Scott Conference Award

Patricia Casey
Queensland Branch: Mackay Chapter Founding Member

Tricia Casey Photo
Patricia, known as Tricia, has been an active member of KMEIA for over 30 years. She was among the first teachers in regional Queensland to attend the innovative Department of Education 10-week course in Kodály inspired teaching, followed by two years of Judy Johnson’s community teacher education courses in Brisbane. Tricia wanted to know more and be part of this movement. On 13 October 1990, a meeting was held at her home and the Mackay Chapter of KMEIA was formed. Tricia was elected inaugural Treasurer and held this position for many years and meetings continued to be held at Tricia’s house for well into the 2000’s. The new Chapter immediately began planning to hold fun days for the Mackay students in addition to the ‘Winter Schools’ for teachers. They engaged respected Kodály leaders including David Jorlett, Dr Edward Bolkovac and Judy Johnson to visit and lecture in Mackay. They even managed to have visits from Lois Choksy and Denise Bacon. Tricia was the administrator for the inaugural KMEIA Mackay Choral Festival (now in its 24th year) and soon became the co-ordinator for 10 years – some of these years she was also the Treasurer. Even after retiring from these positions, she remained on the committee and helped out with catering, press releases and organising gifts for conductors and accompanists. Tricia enjoys making resources that brings teaching alive. She has produced several different resource books and aids, and has been asked to present at conferences to share her ideas. Another love of Tricia’s is to photograph and record memories. She has undertaken the challenge of recording the history of the Chapter’s growth over the years. She has made two large scrapbooking albums which are filled with newspaper articles, photos and relevant information. Over the years, Tricia has graciously offered her home for people who travel to Mackay to lecture or to attend lectures. Tricia’s longstanding voluntary service to the Australian Kodály movement is an inspiration for us all and future generations.

Patricia reflected the following on Enid:

I got to know Enid very well when I attended my first (of many) summer school back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and Enid was Boarding “Mother” to us all.  Her help at Clayfield Boarding school and later at Banyo, certainly made my stay easier and let me concentrate on my studies. She was such a support, not only to me but others, when we were missing our kids, struggling from being away from our families and having to contend with assessment pressures. I continued to keep in contact with Enid, over the many years in between, either at conferences or with Christmas newsletters and she stayed with my family on one of her trips North. She was a wonderful, tireless worker for the KMEIA movement. Enid was such a selfless giver to everyone she came into contact with and every task that was asked of her.

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