89% think the arts should be an important part of the education of every Australian
Raising the quality and status of music education will have a positive impact on the breadth and depth of aesthetic, cognitive, social and experiential learning for all Australian students and, ultimately, for our society at large.
Australian children of all ages love engaging in music. Research shows that even very young children have much to gain from listening to and creating music. Music Australia invites you to join us and our presenters as we explore HOW you can bring music into the lives of very young children, WHAT effect music can have on the developing child and WHY music is beneficial to young children.
Jay Laga’aia is the Music: Count Us In (MCUI) Mentor for 2016. Jay is a familiar face to many around Australia and is particularly loved by some of Australia’s youngest people and their parents thanks to his work on Play School and as the host of Jay’s Jungle. Jay is deeply passionate about music for young people and music in schools. He is an award winning writer, producer and singer. As an experienced performer of stage and screen, he understands the power of music – especially as a tool for learning and educating young people.
Rhonda has taught more than 10,000 children, performed for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, composed over 900 songs for children’s TV shows and established Queensland’s, Viva La Musica. Rhonda has written and directed 30 children’s performances with the Queensland Symphony, Philharmonic and VLM Orchestras. A qualified primary school music specialist, Rhonda has written national and Queensland State music Curriculum. She has lectured part-time in early childhood and music education at QUT, worked in Music Australia’s advocacy and currently coordinates music and creative arts activities for P&O Cruises.
Dr Anita Collins is Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education at the University of Canberra and was previously a music teacher at Canberra Grammar School. Her research interests are in how music education can enhance development and performance. Anita is involved in the Goulburn Strings project providing music education opportunities for disadvantaged students, and hosts the Bigger Better Brains Facebook page to improve access to and understanding of neuroscientific research in music education. Anita has presented at TEDx Sydney to great acclaim.
Kim Waldock – Head of Education, The Sydney Symphony, Sydney
Kim Waldock has been a NSW music teacher, worked as a writer and presenter for arts organisations including Sydney Symphony, Musica Viva and Australian Chamber Orchestra, been a NSW Board of Studies examiner, served on syllabus and music committees, written published resources and is a strong advocate for Australian art music. At Sydney Symphony Kim oversees extensive schools activities and emerging artists programs, writes and produces teacher resources, and presents professional learning courses. She has taught at Symphony Services International Conductor Summer School and in 2011 led a Sydney Symphony education outreach Korea tour.
Dr Aleksandra Acker – RMIT University, Musician, Music Australia Councillor, Melbourne
Aleksandra Acker is lecturer at RMIT University in Music Education, Language and Literacy and Inclusive Education. She is a singer with a lifelong interaction with different music genres. Her ensemble ‘Anja & Zlatna’ explores different languages and is preparing their debut CD. Influenced by programmes of Reggio Emilia she wants to see music as an integral part of mainstream curriculum, treated as one of the languages of childhood. Internationally known as a researcher, Aleksandra is co-writing a book on young children and music with her long term research.
Jason Boron – Music Teacher, Perth
Music Teacher at Presbyterian Ladies’ College and an experienced music educator who has taught classroom music; and directed choirs and instrumental ensembles in a range of schools. Currently Chair and previously vice-Chair of Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) WA Chapter. National Membership Secretary and previous Branch president of Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA). He is a current member of the KMEIA National Council and a Committee member for the Western Australian Orff-Schulwerk Association (WAOSA). In 2015 he will undertake intensive study in Kodály Music in Hungary.
Prof Brian Caldwell – Managing Director, Educational Transformations, Melbourne
Professor Emeritus Brian J. Caldwell is Managing Director at Educational Transformations Pty Ltd in Melbourne and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is Deputy Chair, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). From 1998 to 2004 he was Dean of Education at the University of Melbourne, where he was also Head of Education Policy and Management (1995-1998). He has also been Head of Teacher Education (1988-1989) and Dean of Education (1989-1990) at the University of Tasmania. His major interests lie in leadership, governance, policy, finance, the arts and the management of transformational change in schools and school systems. He has given numerous presentations and held visiting academic appointment nationally and internationally, and is widely published. He was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Asia Education Foundation from 1998 to 2004. He was a director and then Deputy Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2003 to 2011.
Dr Anita Collins – Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education, University of Canberra
Dr Anita Collins is Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education at the University of Canberra and was previously a music teacher at Canberra Grammar School. Her research interests are in how music education can enhance development and performance across many areas including nursing, management and leadership and boys education, and the new field of neuromusical research and its’ potential to inform teaching practices and advocacy. Anita is involved in the Goulburn Strings project providing music education opportunities for disadvantaged students, and hosts the Bigger Better Brains Facebook page to improve access to and understanding of neuroscientific research in music education.
Rhonda Davidson-Irwin – Composer, Educator and Child Development Consultant, Brisbane
Rhonda has taught more than 10,000 children, performed for Queen Elizabeth, Bill Clinton and Muhammad Ali, composed over 900 songs for children’s TV shows and established dynamic Queensland group, Viva La Musica. Rhonda has written and directed thirty children’s performances with the Queensland Symphony, Philharmonic and the VLM Orchestras. She composed the music for the 2004 Athens Olympics and the Warner Brothers’ Great Outback Spectacular, and her CDs have been distributed worldwide, one album going gold. A qualified primary school music specialist Rhonda has written national and Queensland State music Curriculum. She has lectured part-time in early childhood and music education at QUT, worked on the Music Australia’s advocacy campaign – Music. Play for Life, and coordinates music and creative arts activities for P&O Cruises.
Prof Scott Harrison – Director Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane
Professor Scott Harrison is Director of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Scott has experience in teaching singing and music in primary, secondary and tertiary environments, and in performance, opera and music theatre as both singer and musical director. He is a recognised leader in the research on masculinities and music with publications including Masculinities and Music (2008), Male Voices: Stories of Boys Learning through Making Music (2009) and International Perspectives on Males and Singing (2012). Scott served as President of the Australian National Associate of Teachers of Singing, and published books include Perspectives on Teaching Singing (2010) and Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014). Scott is co-editor of the International Journal of Music Education, recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching and a Fellow of the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching.
Dr Helen Lancaster – Music Educator and Consultant, Brisbane
Dr Helen Lancaster has an established background of leading cultural initiatives in regional and metropolitan settings. With a significant research background in cultural policy, particularly in exploring arts leadership and the conservatorium culture, Helen has been Executive Manager and Research Fellow at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Past chair of Music Australia and is an experienced cultural policy and higher education consultant and music educator. Helen is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Academic Board of School of Audio Engineering (SAE) Creative Media Institute, part of the NAVITAS group.
Ian Harvey – Music Educator and Consultant, Melbourne
Ian Harvey has a 25-year history in the Australian music industry and music education. He is Director of music consultancy Morton Group, was Executive Officer Australian Music Association, and Chief Operating Officer of music college Collarts. Ian was Treasurer Music Australia where he created the successful music advocacy program Music. Play for Life and designed the Music: Count Us In program, the world’s largest school music participation program. Ian is a previous Chair of the International Music Industry Coalition and Deputy Chair of the government’s Music Education Advisory Group. He convenes the Australian Wireless Audio Group for the Australian Commercial and Entertainment Technologies Association, and is a Director of the Musical Futures program.
Jane Law – Music Educator, Music Australia Councillor (school music), Newcastle
Jane Law has been a primary school principal, music consultant, school education director and senior curriculum advisor for the NSW Department of Education and Communities. From 2008 – 2011 Jane conducted video conferencing professional development for Music: Count Us In. She has led music curriculum implementation at primary and secondary schools and served as NSW Vice President of the Primary Principal’s Association. Jane is now working as a music educator and researcher. One of Jane’s current projects, for University of the Third Age, involves teaching a group of women who have limited musical experience, to improvise and perform their own compositions.
Margie Moore OAM – Education Consultant, NSW
Margie Moore has extensive experience as an Arts, Education and Music educator and administrator. She has had successful careers as a teacher, Music consultant, Lecturer in Arts Education and managing the highly regarded Sydney Symphony Education Program. Most recently she has worked for the Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Moorambilla Voices, Musica Viva, NSW Department of Education and Training, UTS, Symphony Services International, and Sydney Opera House. In January 2011, Margie was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Arts through Music Education.
Peter Mousaferiadis – CEO, Cultural Infusion, Melbourne
Peter Mousaferiadis is a creative and music director, conductor, and producer and has directed large scale intercultural concerts and ceremonies throughout Australia, China, the Philippines and Malaysia for clients including the United Nations, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, United Religious Initiative, and produced Victoria’s Australia Day Concert (2004 to 2013). Peter is founder of Cultural Infusion, an internationally recognised organisation building intercultural contact and harmony through sustainable arts and engagement programs in communities and schools. In 2013, Peter received the United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award.
Mike Tyler – Chair AMEB, Principal Officer (Arts) Education Queensland, Music Australia Councillor, Brisbane
Mike Tyler has been a secondary music and instrumental music teacher, instrumental music adviser and State Coordinator of Instrumental Music, and is currently with Education Queensland. Mike has lectured part-time at the University of Queensland in woodwind, brass and percussion techniques, conducting and instrumental pedagogy, is a member of the University’s Faculty of Arts Board of Studies and a Director of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and Festival. He has been Chair of Australian Music Examinations Board’s (AMEB) Queensland Advisory Committee and Director of AMEB Ltd, where he is currently Chair.
Prof Dawn Bennett – Curtin University, Music Australia Board Member, Perth
Professor Dawn Bennett is Distinguished Research Fellow and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative with Curtin University, Australia. Her recent research has focused on identity development, employability, graduate transition and creative labour markets, with a particular focus on the impact of identity development on higher education learning. A professional violist, Dawn serves on numerous editorial boards and she convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows’ network. She is on the board of directors for the International Society for Music Education and Music Australia, and serves as a commissioner with the ISME Commission for Education of the Professional Musician.
Scott Adam – Central Institute of Technology, Perth
Scott has been working in the WA music industry for 21 years as an educator, panellist, label manager, artist manager, tour manager, venue booking agent, project manager, arts organisation administrator and occasional music writer. Scott started WA’s first music business qualification at the Central Institute of Technology’s Centre for Music Industry Training (CMIT), where he coordinates a team of fourmusic business lecturers, and has established student internship and placement programs and extensive industry partnerships. Previously Scott headed up Qstik Records & Management, providing distribution, marketing and touring networks for WA artists including successful WA act The Panda Band.
Kirsty Brown – Executive Officer, MusicNSW, Sydney
Kirsty Brown is the Executive Officer of MusicNSW, the peak body for contemporary music in NSW, and a member of Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). Kirsty comes from a background in music journalism and festival events, and is the former Managing Editor of street press The Brag, which she called home for 4 years, while editing the annual Big Day Out program and contributing to magazines like Rolling Stone and Demo. Kirsty has worked across such festivals as Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Big Day Out, This Is Not Art and most recently, as the Co-director and General Manager of Sound Summit.
David Grice – Managing Director, Musictec Pty Ltd, Adelaide
David has 25 years’ experience in the music and entertainment industry as a musician, studio engineer, successful studio owner, University lecturer, venue manager and creator of The Depot. He has been recently appointed Managing Director of Musictec Pty Ltd, SA’s new music industry cluster organisation. Previously he was General Manager of Music SA, the state’s contemporary music industry body. David’s successful ventures including The Fab Four (Internationally Recognised Beatles Tribute Band) 1990, Fat Trax Studios (leading Adelaide recording studio) 1998 – 2006, LooknLearn (on line instructional guitar tuition website), and in 2012 – 13 the Depot – a 2013 Adelaide Fringe success story, and now Musitec.
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