Deborah Smith, B Mus (Dist); Grad Dip Teach; A Mus A (Clarinet); ATCL (Piano)
Deborah Smith is a respected authority on the Kodály approach to teaching and aural training and has been an active educator and leader in a variety of settings and schools across Australia for more than 20 years. In these varied contexts, she pioneered immersive aural programs for K-12 students that were successfully embedded within the music curriculum and continue to thrive.
She has written and taught the Secondary Courses for the Victorian branch of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA) since 1998, was inducted into the inaugural Association of Music Educators (aMuse) Music Education Hall of Fame in 2014 and was awarded Kodály Australia’s highest accolade: Honorary Life Membership in 2016.
Since 2001, Deb has been Managing Director of Deborah Smith Music, providing outstanding support and resources for teaching musicianship, aural training and analysis in the secondary school setting. The resources available to the sector are sequential and rigorous – a comprehensive program for teaching music literacy.
Deborah is in constant demand as a lecturer and mentor, and is invited to give numerous conference presentations, lectures, workshops, webinars and aural training sessions to music students, teachers and student-teachers. This work enables Deb to provide critical support for students and their teachers. Her informative, enthusiastic and entertaining style is always well received.