2017 Music Educators Forum Archive

The  Music Educators Forum was held as part of the Contemporary Music Roundtable 2017.

Date: Tuesday 1 August
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Barnet Long Room, Customs House

Co-Presented with Collarts
This one-day Forum is the national platform for educators to gather, build networks, compare notes, share data, foster best practice and forge new approaches. It is suited to educators teaching popular or contemporary music in vocational and higher education, related policy makers, trainers and music industry professionals.

The Forum will:

  • Provide briefings on scope of provision, key music industry trends, priorities for development
  • Share key training needs identified by industry
  • Foster commitment to ongoing collaboration and action between educators and industry
  • Identify advocacy issues in music education and for accreditation bodies
  • Deliver interactive sessions – breakout groups, fast meet to grow network

We aim to formalise creation of a Music Australia subcommittee to bring together educator interests.

For the full conference program, head here.

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Time Program
9:30 Registration & coffee
10:00 Welcome

Ben O’Hara, Forum Convenor & Chris Bowen CEO Music Australia

10:15 Music Educators Group Australia (MEGA) – Briefing

Ben O’Hara, Forum Convenor, Dean of Collarts

An update and discussion on the proposed new national music educators group. Borne out of the 2016 Educators Forum, Ben shares the purpose, intent and intended membership for MEGA as a national representative body.  Delegate input is invited plus a commitment to formalise its organisation and membership.

10:45 Peak Bodies Panel – Industry Briefings

Representatives from national peak bodies provide high level briefings on key contemporary music industry issues and advances, and offer insights into employment trends, emerging priority skill sets, and education related activities in their respective areas. Includes Q&A

Moderator: Tim Dalton, SAE Creative Media Institute Australia

Panel: Maria Amato, General Manager AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association), Greg Carey, Co-Chair Association of Artist Managers; Damian Cunningham, Industry Liaison Consultant, Live Music Office; Patrick Donovan, CEO Music Victoria, Chair AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network); Matthew O’Sullivan, General Manager, AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association)

11:45 Break
12:00 Music Careers

Two perspectives on music careers. Includes Q&A

Moderator: Dr Tim Weir, Head of School, Creative Arts Melbourne Polytechnic

Portfolio Careers for Australian Musicians

Speaker: Dr Christina Ballico, Research Fellow Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Griffith University

Christina reports on early findings of a national research study into multi-faceted portfolio careers in the music sector. This ARC linkage project, led by Griffith University with six research and sector partners, explores conditions and strategies needed for Australian musicians to sustain successful and diverse careers suited to 21st century industry dynamics.

Graduate outcomes for musicians

Speaker: Jenni Hillman, Music educator, Doctoral candidate, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Embedding employability skills into tertiary education has become a hot topic due to government and community expectations and its accountability to society. Exploring the lived experience of early career and establishing professional musicians, this mixed method study investigates how tertiary music education has contributed to musicians’ careers and how the experiences of graduates from different types of providers interact with other factors.

1:00 Lunch (The Basement)
2:15 Keynote Address

Speaker: Tony Mott, Music Photographer

 Legendary rock photographer Tony Mott chats about his rich career and the changing nature of work in the music industry. Tony discusses how his livelihood, like so many colleagues, has altered completely in the digital age. He reflects on the need to be nimble, adaptive, and able to maintain a diverse set of capabilities through a changing career.

Interviewer: Tracee Hutchison, Broadcaster, Journalist, Educator, Head of Journalism, Australian College of Arts, and Music Victoria Board Member

3:15 Short break
3:30 Education & Industry Collaborations – The Schools perspective

Speaker: Linda Lorenza, Director Learning & Engagement, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and former Senior Project Officer for The Arts—ACARA

Linda discusses fostering commitment to ongoing collaboration and action between educators and industry from a secondary school perspective, an important element of the new Australian Arts Curriculum. Linda also offers her insights into accreditation for professional development for teachers.

4:00 Key issues discussion

Setting MEGA’s position on a number of key issues

4:30 Summary – wrap up
5:00 Finish
5.30 Evening Drinks sponsored by AON at a Circular Quay bar



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