Presentations, Talks & Workshops

 

Having studied the influence of self-belief upon the self-regulation process of individuals as the focus of his PhD, he is very aware of the motivational factors that influence individuals in their thought and action and often uses these factors as the underlying focus of his work, developing an awareness and the capacity of motivation amongst those in his audience. Over the years Brad has presented in various educational settings, exploring the emerging trends that are impacting learning now and into the 21st Century.

 

He is able to cater talks, presentations and the like to meet the needs of a variety of learners, whether school students, tertiary undergraduates or professionals in the workplace. Brad's presentations draw on my ongoing connection with evidence-based research in education, authentic teaching practice, combined with academic knowledge connected to emerging educational practice.

 

Brad is able to present in the following settings:-

  • guest or formal lectures (for students or adults) 

  • keynote presentations

  • workshops and hands-on forums

  • professional learning sessions

 

He draws on extensive experience in Australia, combined with various International conferences and Symposia. Combining his experience as a performer and musician, Brad ensures that any presentation is both relevant and engaging for all audiences, whether for students, staff, parents or professional groups. He is happy to tailor the presentations to meet a specific area of interest or learning

 

Below are a selection of recent presentations. Please feel free to contact me further should you be interested in the areas covered below.

 

Recent Presentations

 

(2017) Motivating Myself - Believing and Achieving. Year 12 HSC Study Camp and preparation. Merroo Centre. Kurrajong. NSW.

 

(2017) Why I love Music - A report on the Social and Emotional benefit of participating in music making in secondary school. Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) Conference. Edith Cowan University. Perth. WA.

 

(2017) Your Tempo..My Tempo. HSC Music and Beyond. Keynote address at the ASME NSW Teachmeet. Sydney.

 

(2017) Towards a Model of Reflective Practice for Secondary Performers. ASME XXIst National Conference. RMIT Melbourne.

 

(2017) Music is my life – Rock? Pop? Jazz? Why do I love it? ASME XXIst National Conference. RMIT Melbourne.

 

(2017) Developing GRIT and Self-belief - Barker Institute Community Forum. NSW. 

 

(2017) The Power of Music Locally, Nationally and Globally. Inspiring hope and new possibilities. Keynote. WA ASME Summer School Perth.

 

(2016) The Power of Music in Education. Adelaide Heads of Music in Independent Schools Annual Conference. Keynote.

 

(2016) Top 10 Tips for Developing student Motivation and success. Barker Institute Community Forum. NSW.

 

(2016) Looking to the future: The status of Music Education in Australia. Co authored with Dr A Hubmayer. ISME World Conference. Glasgow.

 

(2016) The re - ‘app’ lication of Music Teaching in the 21st century classroom. Using technology to reimage learning and creativity. MISTEC (Music In School Teacher Education Comission) St Patrick’s College. Dublin. Ireland.

 

(2016) Changing the focus in learning. Research and current approaches to Assessment. Barker College. Heads of Department Conference. NSW.

 

(2016) Changing the focus in learning. The importance and value of self-assessment and goal-setting, learning NOT earning. Barker College. Heads of House Conference. NSW.

 

(2015) Rock Musicians in Schools. Educated for life and Living the Dream. ASME National Conference. Adelaide.

 

(2014) Emerging Technology and Music Education. The 21st Century Classroom and beyond. DAYTiME Music Technology Conference. Victoria. 

 

(2014) Changing worlds, Changing practice, Changing minds. ACTMEN State Conference. ACT.

 

(2014) Meeting the needs of our young rockers head on! Contemporary Music, Technology and the emerging needs of the 21st Century Musician. Keynote. TASME State Conference. Launceston. Tasmania.

 

(2013) Belief, Grit and Determination. The importance of motivation and purposeful feedback for the young musician.– Adelaide ASME Conference.

 

(2013) Now’s the Time: The Changing face of Music Education. ASME NSW.

 

(2013) Why I love music. A study into the social and emotional connection of students while making music. ASME National Conference. ACT.

 

(2013) Improving learning through Feedback. Association of Independent Schools Conference. NSW.

 

(2013) Keeping it Current. Addressing the changing face of Music Education Regional Conference. Tamworth. NSW.

 

(2012) The Digital Age of Music Education – Association of Independent Schools NSW Conference.

 

(2011) Emerging Technologies. Valuing what students think a now and into the future. ASME National Conference. Queensland.

 

(2011) New technologies, Learning approaches and Pedagogies for the future. 7th Research in Music Education Conference. Exeter. UK.

 

 

Research

 

PhD Thesis

 

(2006) THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SELF-EFFICACY AND SELF-REGULATED BEHAVIOUR WITHIN
A SECONDARY SCHOOL MUSIC TECHNOLOGY BASED CREATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/160129625?selectedversion=NBD48212526

 

Action Research

 

 READY, WILLING, AND ABLE: BOYS AND WRITING.Action Research Report 2010
INTERNATIONAL BOYS’ SCHOOLS COALITION.www.theibsc.org
Boys & WritingAssessing the Impact of Different Types of Feedback Upon the Confidence of

Adolescent Boys as They Write: The Benefits of Praise and Strategy: 67-84

http://www.theibsc.org/uploaded/IBSC/Action_Reseach/IBSC_Boys&Writing_V2.pdf 

 

 

Online Articles about Music Technology

                                                                                     Co-operative learning with computers, 1998.

                                                                         http://www.explodingart.com/XartJournal/XAOJ31.htm 2.

 

                                                                                     Music Technology - The Broader Issues,1999.

                                                                       http://www.explodingart.com/XartJournal/XAOJ52.htm

 

 

Selected Additional Presentations and Papers presented in Australia and Overseas

 

(2005) Towards a Better Understanding of Assessment and Performance Preparation. Association of Independent Schools of NSW, Music In-service. St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill.

 

(2005) Moving beyond achievement to attain self-efficacy and self-regulation across all domains. Skills for life-long learning. Barker College - Staff conference. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Terrigal.

 

(2005) Integration and application of technology across all curriculum levels. An eclectic approach. Association of Independent Schools. ICT Integrators conference, Barker College.

 

(2005) Using ICT and visually based media to enhance musical awareness and understanding. Association of Independent Schools NSW Annual Music Conference. Barker College. Hornsby

 

(2006) Self-efficacy and a music based composition task. Insights from a classroom teacher’s perspective. World conference of International Society for Music Education. Kuala Lumpar Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

 

(2006) Invited speaker. Symposium on the integration of technology in music education. “Mapping out a pathway for Music Technology – Where to from here?” World conference of International Society for Music Education. Kuala Lumpar Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

 

(2006) Invited keynote speaker. The exam report. From process to product. Points for consideration. The Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) state conference. Scots College, NSW.

 

(2007).Valuing self-reflection in music performance. An evaluation of purposeful goal setting and strategy development in adolescents. Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Music Education. Perth

 

(2007)-co authored with Simon Smith. Popular Music in the NSW School Curriculum and the development of rock bands in a Secondary School Music Program. Understanding the enculturation of young musicians. XVI Australian Society for Music Education 40th Anniversary National Conference Perth Convention Exhibition Centre Western Australia

 

(2007) Unpacking HSC Performance. Self-belief, assessment and strategies! The importance of process and product in HSC musicians. Association of Independent Schools of NSW, Music Inservice. St Augustine’s College, Brookvale.

 

(2007) Is self-efficacy different from musical achievement, experience and ability? An investigation of the self-belief systems and the selfregulatory behaviours of student musicians in the secondary school setting. XVI Australian Society for Music Education 40th Anniversary National Conference Perth Convention Exhibition Centre Western Australia

 

(2008). The development of reflective practice and self-regulation in an ICT based learning environment. Music In Schools and Teacher Education World Commission. Rome. Italy. http://www.donnaolimpia.it/ecme_mistec/2007_2008/eng/mistec_abstr act/Bradley%20Merrick_abstract.pdf

 

(2008). Towards an understanding of achievement motivation theory in music education. A review of existing literature from an Australian perspective. International Society for Music Education World Conference. Bologna. Rome.

 

(2008).Understanding how and why boys do the things they do? An investigation into the influence of self-efficacy upon self-regulation when composing music with computers. National Boys’ Education Conference. K-12. Balancing the Differences. The Kings School http://www.kings.edu.au/boysed/concurrent.html 38.

 

(2008).Contemporary Music in the Secondary Classroom. Understanding Learning Styles in Popular Music (Keynote Address) . Association of Independent Schools of NSW, Music Inservice. Barker College.

 

(2009) Invited presenter at (MTEC 09). Podcasting, Performance and Popular Music in the Secondary Music Classroom. Inaugural Music Education and Technology Conference, Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne. http://www.sibelius.com/shows/mtec09/biographies.html#bradmerrick http://www.sibelius.com/shows/mtec09/elective_desc.html#podcasting

 

(2009) HSC Music Performance and Musicology Presentation. Newcastle Conservatorium HSC Focus Day. University of Newcastle.

 

(2009) Engaging Boys with Music, The Arts and New Technology. Developing Creativity and Confidence with ICT and Music in the Middle School Classroom. “Windows into Manhood”. International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference, Lindisfarne College, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

 

(2009) Co-authored with Michele Studd. Fostering writing across the curriculum.“Windows into Manhood”. International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference, Lindisfarne College, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

 

(2009) Through The Looking Glass. Valuing The Reflective Process To Develop Understanding In A Music Technology Based Environment. Australian Society for Music Education XVII National Conference – ‘Musical Understanding’. Launceston, Tasmania.

 

 (2009) Co-authored with Andrew Mifsud. Blogging for Musical Understanding. Successful integration of Web-based Learning and Reflection in the Secondary Classroom. Australian Society for Music Education XVII National Conference – ‘Musical Understanding’. Launceston, Tasmania.

 

 (2009) Co-authored with Simon Smith. Popular Music in the School Curriculum - Developing Performances of Understanding. An exploration of Rock Musicians in Secondary, Tertiary and post school arenas. Australian Society for Music Education XVII National Conference – ‘Musical Understanding’. Launceston, Tasmania.

 

(2009) Self-reflection, Motivation and HSC Music Performance. AIS Keynote address - Music Conference - St Ignatius - Riverview Sydney