Tess Laird has been a music specialist for 29 years and holds a Masters in Music Studies from the University of Queensland. She is an accredited lecturer for the Australian Kodály Certificate, is the Chair of the Education Committee of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia, and was recently awarded Honorary Life Membership with this organisation. Tess has regularly provided professional development throughout Australia, and she presented at the International Kodály Symposia recently in Scotland and Canada. During her career, Tess has demonstrated a solid commitment to providing quality music education in state schools, as well as helping to formulate KMEIA’s responses to the National Curriculum, and to the Victorian Parliament’s Enquiry into the Benefits of Music Education. Tess has worked on compiling a series of pentatonic exercises on an interactive audio CD called “Purely Pentatonic”. This resource was developed to support both teachers and students, by providing a tool for independent practise of pentatonic scales and intervals. Tess has conducted various community choirs and ensembles in Toowoomba, and has a special interest in a cappella jazz performance and aural pedagogy.