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.
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.
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.