Music for Children

Tamara O'Brien

B.Mus/B.Ed.; Grad Dip. Ed. [Orff Music]; Grad. Dip. Screen Composition


Tamara is an Australian award-winning composer for the screen as well a talented and engaging educator. She has won a string of notable awards, the recipient of prestigious grants for her writing and has conducted and recorded in world class facilities such as Fox Studios in Sydney and Los Angeles. She gives lectures in both Film Music and activities in the Orff approach to music education.

Tamara has presented workshops for teachers at events around the world including Malaysia, the University of Exeter, UK, the Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts (ECCPA) in Melbourne, Australian National Orff Conference, NZ Orff Conference, Chiltern Music Academy, UK, Explore and Develop Childcare (Frenchs Forest) franchise annual conference, and also runs teacher training workshops within universities, schools, preschools and daycare centres.

As well as teaching career spanning over 25 years, she has taught in many different schools across Sydney and the UK. As part of her work with the Chiltern Music Academy in the UK, Tamara taught classes for 4-11yr olds, and also lead interactive music concerts for children aged 4-8, with a live professional orchestra. For over 12 years Tamara taught and coordinated the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy Con for Kids Program, and instigated the Childrens Holiday Program with children 3-10yrs, as well as adult classes in Scoring for the Screen.

Tamara has published 4 music teaching resources with Australian publishers Bushfire Press and released a children's teaching album. These have been enormously well received and now used in institutions such as the University of Tasmania as well as being run as a music school in Kuala Lumpur.


"Tamara has a way with the music that makes the children respond and listen to her knowledge through fun play based activities."

Emma - Cressex Day Nursery