So this is the section where I am supposed to write about myself. Often, when people write their biographies, they paint themselves in a manner that is stunningly impressive: every certificate, award, publication and degree is listed with such reverence. I really don’t like doing that. Sometimes it impresses people, other times it intimidates people. I want to present a more ‘realistic’ image of myself… So here are a few things you should know:
I recently finished my first degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. It was a Bachelor of Music degree, and I majored in musicology. I am now in the process of completing two postgraduate degrees: a Master of Music (with a major in music education, this is in the same institution) and a Master of Teaching (Secondary education, at the University of New England). The former degree (M Mus Ed) satisfies my passion and curiosity in research (I have a special interest in music video games by the way). And the latter degree (M Teach), qualifies me to become a secondary school music teacher. A lot of people have asked me if I play another instrument besides piano and the answer is yes! I sing classically (though I am not currently in practice!)
I like to integrate games into my teaching and learning. I have kept a blog by the way, on my adventures as a Masters student – feel free to visit it here!
Besides music I like to read. If I didn’t major in music, I probably would have majored in English literature, or creative writing. And besides reading, I like to cook. In fact, years ago, I took some time off university to pursue my interests in hospitality and the culinary arts. I could write a whole essay on what the culinary world taught me, but I wont, because I’m trying not to ramble…
In other news, many years ago I finished an internship with a fine music radio station – fine music fm and again, I learned a lot from that world, I learned so much about musical repertoire, music programmes and operating with sound equipment – these are other things that I like to incorporate into my teaching. If you’d like to learn more about me, and the way I teach feel free to read my blog. My philosophy have been articulated in this post, and this post.