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hilary-headshotHilary Henshaw A.C.M.M., A.Mus.A., A.T.C.Lond. is a professional singer and actor who has worked with many of Australia’s major theatrical organizations.  She is also an early childhood music specialist, qualified music and speech teacher and professional speaker.  While raising her four daughters she decided to combine her love of music with her love of children and specialize in music for early childhood, teaching, writing and recording original material. More than twenty years later her “Growing With Music” series of seven CDs and books is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed and widely used early childhood music resources. (Please visit www.growingwithmusic.com.au)

Hilary’s keynote presentations and professional development workshops have made her one of Australia’s most sought-after early childhood music specialists. A member of the National Speakers Association (NSAA),  Hilary speaks and performs at conferences and events nationally and internationally.

Her current schedule includes speaking presentations at early childhood, educational, corporate and special events, presenting professional development workshops for early childhood professionals, child-care workers, primary teachers and parents and performing… including her one-woman shows, “Musical Memoirs of a Ten Pound Pom – An Australian Story” and “Bagels to Broadway” around Australia. (Please visit www.hilaryhenshaw.com)


Dr. Beverly Joffe ( PhD (Melb.), MSpPath (Witw.), BSp&HTh (Witw.), MSPAA, CPSP ), is a Senior Lecturer and Speech Pathology Course Coordinator at Southern Cross University (Lismore and Gold Coast). As an expert, and leader in child speech and language, she has developed curriculum, taught theory and practice, supervised research and run clinics at La Trobe University and also been an honorary speech pathologist of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She has worked internationally in university, hospital, private practice and education settings. She is a national and international conference and workshop presenter, the author of book chapters and scholarly journal articles and an active researcher. Beverly is a recognized authority on enhancing children’s speech and language through combining speech pathology practices with the structured use of music and movement; a speciality at the core of her doctoral thesis.

A regular conference presenter, the author of book chapters an scholarly journal articles and a student research supervisor, she is a recognized authority on the use of music and movement to enhance children’s speech and laguage.  Her doctoral thesis is based on research into music and movement.