Peter LeePeter has worked in the field of Music Education and Technology for 15 years, and is one of the original authors of the Auralia and Musition educational music software packages. He has worked extensively in the USA, UK and Australia, consulting with teachers and students to better identify appropriate technology solutions for the modern music classroom.

The Auralia Ear Training and Musition Theory Training package are widely acknowledged as leading software training aids in music classrooms and studios.

Dr. Tim Nikolsky is a Melbourne based musician, educator, tech guy, recent PhD graduate, cyclist, enthusiastic homebrewer and most of the time an all round pretty good guy. His PhD on the development of the Australian Jazz Real Book is the first of its kind in Australia, has won him accolades as well as earning him some enemies, but is widely regarded as a long overdue valuable resource.

Tim has written, recorded and produced several albums that you might have heard on ABC Classic FM whilst driving, and plays in several bands around Melbourne on guitar, and double bass.

Mary Jo KellyMary Jo completed her Bachelor of Music Education at Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Composition at Queensland Conservatorium. She is Workplace Assessor Trained and holds a Certificate IV in Music Industry.
Her teaching experience includes Yamaha Music School, Melbourne Youth Music, Performing Arts Coordinator at Presentation College Windsor and the Grange P-12 College, Assistant Head of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Music from January 2000 and Acting Head of VCASS Music from September 2003 - December 2004. These positions, over a period of more than 20 years, cover a wide range of teaching experiences in classroom music, musicianship, conducting, VET Music Industry, ensemble direction and tutoring. Mary Jo has delivered Music Performance Group for 12 years and has had many ensembles selected for Top Class and Top Acts. Several of her students have been recipients of VCE Premiers Awards.

Professional bodies that Mary Jo has been involved in or presented at include the Victorian Music Teachers Association and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority's VCE VET Music Industry reference group.

Mary Jo's stylistically diverse career as a pianist and singer includes performances with with a cappella groups, jazz and Latin American Big Bands and many contemporary solo artists and groups.

JayneTurnerJayne is currently Director of Music at Toorak College. Prior to this she was Director of Music at The Knox School, and Head of Choral & Vocal at PLC. In a classroom teaching career spanning many years her two passions are choral singing and VCE Music Performance. She loves the challenge, and rewards of both. She has been directing choirs for over 30 years, both in schools and in professional performances with the Choral Institute Melbourne, including international eisteddfods and touring groups. In VCE classes Jayne enjoys the individual journey that each student takes, culminating in that ‘personal best’.

JennyGoingJenny is Musical Director of the Essendon Symphony where she has been conductor since 2008. In 2015 she was honoured to be the inaugural recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award.

She is currently completing a Masters of Music degree at The University of Melbourne under Benjamin Northey, specialising in orchestral conducting and has studied with Luke Dollman, Mark Heron, Michal Dworzynski, Mark Shiell and Kevin Noe.

Jenny has been fully involved with secondary education as a Head of Music, from administration, conducting and managing performance groups, to directing school productions, instrumental teaching, growing and developing her music departments and of course, teaching classes. Most recently Jenny worked as Music Curriculum Coordinator at Princes Hill Secondary College in Carlton, Melbourne.

Jenny is a regular presenter of workshops at national music education conferences throughout Australia including ASME – Adelaide (2015), Gold Coast (2013), Tasmania (2011), Sounds Great – Melbourne (2011, 2013) , ASME Summer School – Perth (2012 ,2014), Maryborough Music Conference (2013) as well as presenting professional development workshops for music teachers for aMuse Victoria. Jenny moved to Melbourne in 2006 when she founded Noteable – Music Education Resources. As Managing Director she has written and published nine resources for classroom music teachers.

Jenny started her musical career as a trombonist with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band leaving to complete a Psychology degree (which has come in very useful for a lifetime with musicians). After leading the trombone section of New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra Jenny was offered a position to study jazz trombone and conducting at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, USA, where she completed a post graduate diploma and performed on stage with Randy Breaker, Arturo Sandoval, Robin Eubanks and Rob McConnell. During her time in America time Jenny toured extensively throughout the west coast of the USA and recorded with Ska Band ‘Ruder Than You’.


For the past 12 years James has been sharing his passion and enthusiasm for music education with students and colleagues across the Independent, Catholic and State School systems. He is currently the The Arts Learning Area Leader and also Director of Bands at Our Lady of Sion College, having taught VCE Music Units 1 – 4 for the past 6 Years. As an active member of the music community James performs regularly across a wide range of genres and is forging a reputation as an engaging presenter and conductor. He proudly serves as National and Victorian President of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association.

James holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Australian National University majoring in Jazz Saxophone, and an education qualification from Monash University.  In 2016 James completed studies in Education Leadership on scholarship to the Leading Teachers Colloquium through the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative.


Mark McSherryMark has been teaching music at the VCE level for over ten years. During that time he has served on a number of review panels overseeing the Music Study Design. He has also been the State Reviewer for Music Styles in the past few years. Mark also works as a web developer and composer, having written for stage, screen and concert hall.

He lists his greatest influences as W.A. Mozart, Miles Davis and Dolly Parton.

Roland YeungBorn in Melbourne, Roland has completed a Master of Arts degree major in conducting studies and music education at Columbia University (NY) and also holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Melbourne. Conducting wind bands and orchestras is his performance specialty. Roland is principal conductor and music director of The Grainger Wind Symphony and was on its founding committee in 1986. He was awarded life membership in 1996.

Roland was Director of Music at Carey Baptist Grammar School from1993 to 2012 and prior to that 14 years as music teacher and co-ordinator at Blackburn High School, a special music school in Victoria. At Carey, he taught classroom music and lead a staff of 36 classroom and specialist instrumental music teachers.

Roland has worked at state-wide level on music curriculum and assessment for the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority for over 20 years. He presents regularly to music teachers and senior secondary students on VCE Music. He wrote the 10 units of innovative VCE Music and Music Craft in 1990, the two course development support material documents and assembled the solo prescribed lists. Since then he has been contract writer for subsequent reaccreditations of the VCE music studies. He was State-wide Verification Chair and was Chief Assessor of VCE Music Solo Performance.

Roland is life member of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association and the Association of Music Educators (Vic). These awards have come to Roland from recognition by his peers.

Lynne MortonLynne is an experienced practitioner in the classroom (27 years), having taught secondary Music Years 7-12 in a variety of country settings (Hamilton, Portland, Wangaratta, Geelong and Torquay), where combined classes are the norm.

Lynne was also the Western Metropolitan Region Instrumental Coordinator for a couple of years before returning to the classroom. Lynne brings with her a variety of strategies for dealing with combined classes and multilevel classes, and has a practical approach towards student learning and strategies in the classroom.

ZIICurrently director of music at one of Melbourne’s original specialist music schools, Macleod College, Jason Ziino is a highly skilled classroom and instrumental music educator. He brings a wealth of experience, having taught VCE music performance for over 20 years in a range of settings and consistently producing high achieving students.

Jennifer GillanJennifer Gillan holds a Bachelor of Music ('cello), Diploma of Education, Diploma of Advanced Conducting (Kodaly Institute, Hungary) and a Master of Music Studies (University of Queensland). She has lectured in Australia and the USA and has taught in London. She has taught aural studies at Melbourne University and the Melba Conservatorium, currently teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS).

Jennifer runs intensive VCE Aural courses and lectures in Secondary Classroom Music Pedagogy, Musicianship and Conducting through KMEIA. She was a founding member of the Young Voices of Melbourne, is Secretary of the Victorian branch of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia and is passionate about the importance of music literacy and potential role of online learning in this area.

Gavin Cornish is currently Director of Music and Coordinator for the Performing Arts at Mentone Grammar. He studied Music composition at the University of Melbourne with Peter Tahourdin, Barry Conyngham and David Worrall. Outside of teaching he has worked on large projects such as "Elizabeth" the film and computer game "Terminator 3". Gavin was principal arranger for all seasons of the "X Factor Australia", "Australia's got Talent" and "The Singing Bee". He has created compositions and arrangements for varying forces including choir and orchestra for numerous public events and studio recordings.

He has written for schools such Melbourne High school, MLC, Mac Robertson Girls' High school, Pembroke School SA, Toorak College and St. Martha's senior school Hertfordshire England. Gavin recently conducted classes in Germany on subject of "Contemporary composition and arrangement for the music industry"

Eddie DornEddie took on the role of Chief Assessor of Music Solo Performance in 2008, and has overseen the 2008 - 2013 Solo Performance examination periods. He currently teaches piano full-time at The University High School, and has taught at other significant music schools such as Blackburn and Balwyn High Schools.

Apart from his expertise as a pianist and teacher of the piano, he has enjoyed a life-long passion for choral music as a chorister, accompanist and conductor. Eddie has held a number of positions of responsibility including Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn High, Electronic Reports Coordinator and Instrumental Music Coordinator at Uni High.

deb smithDeborah Smith is the author of the highly successful "Musicianship and Aural Training for the Secondary School" series of music texts and compact discs, designed around the pedagogical principles of Kodály Music Education.

Deborah began her music career as a clarinettist before discovering a passion for teaching others about music. Her numerous teaching experiences include classroom music teacher at Clayfield College, QLD, Head of Junior School Music, Scotch College, VIC, Director of Music at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School and at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, VIC. She has developed and implemented successful, fully aural based programs for students from Kinder to VCE.

Deborah is in constant demand for conference presentations, lectures, workshops and aural training sessions to music students, teachers and student-teachers where her informative, enthusiastic and entertaining style has always been well received.

katebradyKate Brady (B. Mus., Dip, Ed.) is Head of Arts and Instrumental Music Co-ordinator at Cheltenham Secondary College, where she has spent the last six years strengthening the music program and teaching music from Year 7 - 12. She has a special interest in literacy across the curriculum and developing student leadership and self-efficacy in the music classroom. Kate is a passionate supporter of wind band music and is a past member of the Grainger Wind Symphony Executive Committee. This year, Kate has returned to study, completing a Masters of School Leadership with Monash University.

andrewphilpotAfter graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (classical trumpet), Andrew moved back to his home town of Warrnambool.  He has taught instrumental and/or classroom music in the State, Catholic and Independent systems at priamry and secondary levels.  Andrew has also been very involved in community music, having conducted the Warrnambool Symphony Orchestra and directed amateur theatre with adults and teenagers.  His iPad app, "Rhythm Expert", was released in May 2013.  He is currently Head of Music at King's College.

Manfred PohlenzManfred maintains an active profile as a singer, conductor and teacher. As a singer, his stage credits include principal roles with Princeton Opera NJ, State Opera of South Australia, Queensland Opera, Melbourne Opera, Citi Opera, Pt Fairy Spring Festival and Oz Opera. Further, Manfred regularly appears in concerts in Melbourne, Geelong and other centres throughout Victoria and is sort after as a choral/vocal coach. His numerous conducting credits include the inaugural IB Schools Orchestra, Warrnambool Symphony Orchestra and Port Fairy Messiah. Manfred is currently the Director Of Music at Kardinia International College and has taught in numerous schools in South Australia and Queensland in addition to tutoring at University Of Qld.

urquhartjonesHaving completed three years of course work as a student at Trinity College of Music London (1949-1952), he graduated with the diplomas of LTCL and GTCL. An obligatory two years of National Service in the army followed.

On completion of military service David was fortunate in finding employment as Director of Music at the Forest Grammar School, Reading, UK. He soon became involved in the rich musical life of the community. An appointment as conductor of the Wokingham Choral Society and continuing opportunities to perform as a pianist and bass player with colleagues who were ex-members of major British orchestras provided the ideal conditions for David to ‘learn his trade‘ as a musician.

In 1964 David travelled to Papua and New Guinea where he wrote a curriculum for the education department; devised and taught the music education element in the course for teacher trainees at the Port Moresby Teachers College; established a music school for local and expatriate children; and was the founder and conductor of the Port Moresby Choral and Orchestral Society.

After relocating to Lismore NSW in 1970 where he had been appointed lecturer in music at what is now the Southern Cross University, David established another choral/ orchestral society which he directed and conducted.

In 1977 David was admitted to the society of Pi Kappa Lambda (the American National Music Honors Society. The citation is ‘in recognition of superior scholarship and musicianship.’ He holds a master’s degree in performance from the University of Michigan.

On retirement in 1990 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Canberra Youth Orchestra, a newly created post. He retired from this position in 1992 and moved to Melbourne where he became associated with the ANZCA Music Exam board as a director and examiner.

Throughout his professional life David has been continually active as a performer, predominantly in the classical field. He has performed and broadcast with many distinguished British and Australian artists in numerous concerts of chamber music. In addition he has appeared on a number of occasions in cabaret at the renowned School of the Arts Cafe Queanbeyan; played jazz piano on a riverboat; and lead his local ANZAC marches with kilt and bagpipes.

David is now distilling the experiences of a lifetime in compositions which reflect his many faceted musical career. Many of his pieces are set for ANZCA, AGME and the Victorian Certificate of Education music performance examinations. He has given numerous workshops on improvisation in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

nicktoaylorNick is a professional musician and teacher who is passionate about creativity and innovation in education. Spending his young teaching years as an instrumental teacher on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Nick now specialises in VCE classroom teaching at Swinburne Senior Secondary College, where he is also Music Coordinator.

Nick focuses on relevance as a teacher, striving to be flexible in how material is delivered and uses his breadth of knowledge on music to connect with students. He has taught Music Performance, Music Investigation, and VET Music over the past four years and has worked hard to develop and improve resources and teaching approaches to each subject.

Over the past year Nick has worked with VCAA on a review of the VCE Music Study Design and has enjoyed the opportunity to work on the future of music education in Victoria.

HelenHelen is a cellist who has been teaching for 35 years. She has taught the VCE syllabus both in the classroom and as a private music teacher. Through examining for VCAA she has learnt many insights into the best way to develop a program for the Performance Examinations. She is currently teaching at Wesley College, Glen Waverley Campus.

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