How long have you been working with Musical Futures?
I’ve been incorporating Musical Futures philosophies and ideas in my classes since I became a teacher in 2007, but more formally when I began at my current school in 2014.
What do you do?
I am lucky enough to be the Head of Music at St Paul’s School in Brisbane, Australia. In this role I get to help shape the curriculum and teach classes ranging in age from Prep-Year 12, as well as overseeing the Choral Program, accompanying choirs and soloists and working with our brilliant classroom and instrumental teachers to implement a great, well-rounded education for our musicians.
What is your background?
I am a jazz pianist by trade and education (graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music majoring in jazz piano). I began teaching in 2007 and learned most of what I know about teaching through practice from the incredible Head of Music at Marist College Ashgrove, Andrew Butt. Working with him really shaped my teaching philosophy so when I found out about Musical Futures I was very excited that there was a thoroughly researched and well-designed program that validated my thoughts about what music education should be like!
Five words that sum up Musical Futures?
Relevant, engaging, practical, rad and fun!
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Everything! I love too many things to narrow it down but the most recent albums I’ve been listening to on my lovely record player include Tom Waits, Ella Fitzgerald, Portishead, the Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Duke Ellington and Michael Jackson.
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