As a student I began to support myself by teaching Piano and French Horn, my marketing strategy being to travel to the students’ homes for their lessons. Parents liked not having to drive their kids to lessons, and I got given lamingtons and dinners every now and again, so that was cool.
Throughout my professional career I taught French Horn, and now that I have retired from full-time performing, I have taken up teaching Piano again as well as Composition and Theory of Music.
In Melbourne I taught Horn at the Institute of Education and at Methodist Ladies College, and tutored the University of Melbourne Orchestra Brass Section,
Since I returned to Brisbane in 1996, I have taught all Brass instruments as a Multi-Instrumental teacher with the Education Department, and individual or group lessons at Forest Lake College, St Stephens Coomera and St Pauls School.
I have tutored many of the Qld Youth Orchestra sections in Brisbane and on music camps, as well as the Townsville youth Orchestra.
I presently teach Composition, French Horn, Piano and Music Theory at Cannon Hill Anglican College, a private school in Brisbane.
I also have a busy teaching practice at my home studio in Birkdale after school and on the weekends. My studio is full of random instruments and composer’s busts, toy pianos and many music theme posters.
Theory of Music:
I teach Theory of Music to small groups at CHAC, from Grade 1 to 6, as well as at my home studio. Theory is very useful in order to learn how to notate correctly, helps develop inner hearing for melody writing and harmony, both useful composition tools, as well as giving a broad general knowledge of instruments and historical contexts.
This is an area in which I am particularly interested, especially now that the secondary school music curriculum emphasises composition so much.
I was Composer in Residence at Brisbane Grammar for 2 years, and for the last 4 years I taught a specialist Composition class for the Australian School of The Arts ASTA at Sheldon College. I teach individual Music Extension composition students at CHAC and give consultations or tutorials to students as needed.
As a Presenter I have given seminars or workshops about composing at the Cairns Music teachers Conference 2010, Professional Development days at Mansfield State High School 2010, given a paper to the ASME Conference in 2011 about my pet subject, “Ecological Composition- the value of recycling your Material”. I also adjudicated the Gold Coast Composers Competition in 2011.
In 2011, I was a member of the jury for the International Music Prizes Composition Competition, in which I had been a winner the previous year.
Seminars and Workshops:
In 2010 I gave a series of seminars on Composition, Piano and Brass Ensembles at the Cairns Music Teacher’s Conference. In the same year I conducted workshops for Professional Development Days at Mansfield High School, in Composition and Brass.
In 2010 I gave a 2 hour lecture/Demonstration of over 30 years of my original music for French Horn at the International Horn Symposium held at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
In 2011, I was the Adjudicator for the Gold Coast MTAQ Composition Competition. I also gave a paper at the ASME Conference entitled “ecological Composition – the Value of recycling your material”.
Over the last 5 years, I have presented a number of Workshops about Composition and Minimalism for the MTAQ Gold Coast, Canterbury College and Cannon Hill Anglican College.