Shirley Salmon, Mphil. PGCE, BA (President)

Music educator, teacher educator, educational researcher

Since July 2018 president of the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg

2015 – 2018 Vice-president of the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg

2010 - 2018 Advisor on the board of the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg



MPhil. in Educational Science, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria (2003) Postgraduate Certificate of Education, Froebel Institute, London University UK (1977)

BA Honours degree in Music, York University, UK (1974)


Professional experience:

1984 – 2019 lecturer at the Orff-Institute, Mozarteum University Salzburg.

2009 to 2011 interim director of the Orff Institute, 2011 to 2016 deputy director.  2002 - 2018 director of university course Music and Dance in Social Work and Inclusive Education. Director of the Special Course “Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education - Orff-Schulwerk” since 2006, co-director of summer courses and international Orff-Schulwerk symposia.


From 2000 – 2015 part-time lecturer at the University of Teacher Education, Graz and the Private University College of Teacher Education, Graz, Austria

1987 – 2000 music and movement teacher for the County of Styria, Austria

Over 40 years experience teaching infants, children, teenagers and adults in kindergartens and schools and other institutions - including deaf and hard-of-hearing children, emotionally disturbed children, adults with severe disabilities.

Research interests:

Inclusive music education, AQR Assessment of the quality of relationship, Joint Attention

International courses and workshops mainly on: creative work with play songs, creative music and movement in the inclusive classroom, listening - feeling - playing, social learning through games with music and movement

Author of books and articles: see full list here