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Music Educator - Researcher - Speaker - Thought Leader



I am a passionate music educator, researcher, advocate, and leader, constantly exploring emerging trends in learning and teaching practice in music, the arts, and beyond. I am focused on developing quality experiences that will enhance motivation, efficacy, and understanding in the following areas:-

  • motivation, self-belief, self-regulation, and goal setting,

  • technology-based learning (including online learning),

  • collaboration and problem-solving,

  • strategic thinking, design, and application,

  • research and evidence-based practice,

  • artistic performance and creativity,  

  • creative, purposeful leadership, 

  • innovative curriculum design and implementation.


I have extensive leadership experience and many years of teaching in various secondary and tertiary settings. As an author, presenter, researcher, consultant, performer, and learner, I continue to be in demand as a presenter, facilitator, researcher, and consultant in many educational settings and locations, working with both staff and students to inspire them to achieve their best in all they undertake.


Currently employed as a Senior Lecturer at MGSE at the University of Melbourne, I have spent many years in educational research, previously as Director of Research in Learning and the Barker Institute at Barker College - Sydney from 2008-2018. Having been involved in leading many teams and colleagues, I continue to refine and share my experience in these areas. 


 I continue to undertake research and understand the things that drive humans in all that they do in our lives, with a particular interest in how motivation, the arts, and our sense of self contribute to our well-being. 


Education is pivotal in our lives and continues to change daily. We have the responsibility to alter practice and pedagogy to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the students in all settings. This is a necessity to ensure that teachers are able to adapt and change their practice in the 21st century. At the present time with COVID-19, this has never been more important in education.

Please explore our latest webpage and podcast series where we are looking to share creative approaches to teaching online. and



   Areas of expertise 


  • Developing Self-efficacy, motivation, and all of the factors that drive our capacity as musicians, performers, teachers, leaders, and learners,

  • Developing self-regulation, goal setting, monitoring, and reflective practice to improve learning and achievement,

  • Technology, online learning, and adaptive pedagogy, linked to creative, purposeful teaching practice,

  • Purposeful use of assessment to provide quality feedback and improve understanding,

  • Changing environments for effective 21st Century teaching and learning,

  • Fostering creativity, innovation, problem-solving and adaptive behavior in individuals and teams, 

  • Exploration and development of the collaborative capacities of learners, across all learning environments.



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