Useful links


 Australian Orff

 The Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk (ANCOS) represents a national body of music and movement educators. ANCOS has strong connections with the Orff Institute in Salzburg and other Orff Associations worldwide.  ANCOS supports  educators and therapists in music and the performing arts across Australia. The aim of ANCOS is to provide, through collective effort, what individual states cannot provide for their membership individually. Specifically – a biannual national conference, an annual journal (Musicworks) and nationally accredited Levels courses. Each state provides diverse opportunities according to the needs of its members. Please follow the links below for more details about each state:

Music Advocacy


Music Council of Australia
The purpose of the Music Council of Australia (MCA) is to bring together all sections of the music community in order to advance a diverse and vibrant musical life throughout Australia.


Music Play For Life
Music. Play for Life provides information, advice and inspiration to Australians to encourage them to begin – and stick with – their music-making journey. The campaign does this across all ages, all genres of music and all levels of player, from beginner to professional.

Orff International


Orff Schulwerk Forum Salzburg
The Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg was founded in 1983 as a public non-profit organisation. It works in close relation to the Carl Orff-Foundation, the Carl-Orff-Institute, the Orff-Center Munich and the international Orff-Schulwerk Associations. The purpose of the Orff-Schulwerk Forum is to provide international information and exchange about the work with Orff-Schulwerk.

Orff Institute
The Orff Institute was founded in 1961 by Carl Orff (1895 – 1982) as a central seminar for his “Schulwerk” concerning elemental music and dance education at the Mozart Academy – now known as the University Mozarteum ( Today the institute is a training center with a legendary past, a promising future and a lively current existence shortly before its 50th anniversary.  The Institute has made a name for itself worldwide for innovative music and dance pedagogy through the contacts of its teachers and the many young people who have studied here since the beginning.

Orff UK
Orff UK offers an holistic experience through imaginative, practical activities which can be enjoyed in small groups and whole classes. Promotes creativity through encouraging children and their teachers freely to explore and express musical ideas using speech, singing, movement, dance, body percussion and playing instruments. Develops musical skills and understanding through improvising, performing, listening, working with traditional and invented notations, solo and in ensemble. Views music as a dynamic art form to be combined with drama, poetry, dance and art. Enriches and enhances the curriculum for music in schools.

American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA)
The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. They are united by their belief that music and movement – to speak, sing and play; to listen and understand; to move and create – should be an active and joyful experience.

Carl Orff Canada
Music for Children – Carl Orff Canada – Musique pour enfants is a national organization of over 1000 music educators, dedicated to teaching an exciting and invigorating approach to music education.

Doug Goodkin
Doug Goodkin is most well-known for his work as a music educator and particularly as a proponent of Orff Schulwerk, a dynamic approach to music education developed by composer Carl Orff and his colleague, Gunild Keetman.

Music Education – General


Board of Studies NSW
The BOS provides educational leadership by developing quality curriculum and awarding secondary school credentials, the School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate.

Musica Viva

Musica Viva seeks to be the leading organisation in the world for connecting audiences with chamber music, inspiring personal fulfilment and cultural vibrancy.

Centre for Innovation and Learning (NSW DEC)
The NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre is key to the department’s future as an international leader in quality learning, curriculum delivery and educational innovation. It offers a new model of support for schools that is reflective of current and future needs, and leverages the combined curriculum and learning innovation capacities of the department.

Moorambilla Voices
Moorambilla Voices provides children from regional and remote communities the opportunity to participate in high-level music making and artistic pursuits, offering talented young singers the chance to experience choral music making with leading professional musicians and composers.

Sydney Symphony Education Program
The world class Sydney Symphony Education program has something for all ages and stages of musical development including teaching kits, concerts and educational events.

Wright-Stuff Music
Technology in Music Education and free online resources.

Music Teachers’ Network
Australian Directory of Music and Speech Teachers.