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Jemma Tabet | Michael Sollis | Joanna Patrick | Karen Kyriakou | Sue Lane | Assistant Professor Katie Dawson | Ormond Professor Gary McPherson | Graham Hilgendorf | Biddy Seymour | Cameron Gregory |

Our Professional Development presenters are highly trained musicians and educators. They have a wide range of experience in performing and educating students and teachers, and in creating and inspiring music-making in the classroom.

Jemma Tabet, Musica Viva Professional Development Manager

Having been involved in music and dance since very young, Jemma has developed a lifelong love and commitment for exploring and sharing the power of music, movement and creative expression. Having travelled extensively, she has a keen love of world music and dance and is a passionate advocate of the creative arts to support and enrich learning and understanding and as a means for connection, expression and inclusivity within our communities.

With a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma of Primary Education, Jemma has worked as a generalist classroom teacher, specialist music teacher and private music tutor for more than a decade, also working extensively with primary school choirs and instrumental ensembles. She is the Professional Development Manager for Musica Viva, running workshops nationally for teachers in classroom music.

In 2018, Jemma completed a three-year teacher training in the TaKeTiNa rhythm method with founder Reinhard Flatischler and Master TaKeTiNa teacher Tania Bosak.

Jemma will be presenting the following PD workshops in 2019:

Singing and Playing in the Classroom, Thurs 21 Feb in NSW
Inclusive Music for Diverse Needs, Tues 19 Feb in NSW
Singing and Playing in the Classroom, Tues 12 March in WA
Singing and Playing in the Classroom, Wed 13 March in WA
Singing and Playing in the Classroom, Wed 14 March in WA
Singing and Playing in the Classroom, Tues 19 March in NT
Singing and Playing in the Classroom, Wed 20 March in NT
Singing and Playing in the Classroom, Thurs 28 March in VIC
Storytelling through Music, Wed 3 April in TAS
Storytelling through Music, Thurs 4 April in TAS
Storytelling through Music, Tues 9 April in SA
Storytelling through Music, Wed 10 April in SA
Music and Movement, Thurs 23 May in VIC

Michael Sollis, Artistic Director of Musica Viva In Schools

Michael Sollis has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva In Schools since 2016. Michael combines his work as a practising musician in the Griffyn Ensemble and highly sought after composer with wide ranging experience as an educator. He has taught at various levels, from early childhood music to tertiary composition. Michael has conducted workshops in countries as diverse as Australia, Papua New Guinea, Egypt and the United Kingdom. Michael’s aim is to ignite the creative potential of the next generation of Australians through the unique experience of live ensemble music.

Joanna Patrick

Music and Movement, Tues 5 March in SA
Music and Movement, Mon 18 March in SA

Joanna Patrick is the Junior School Music Teacher and R-12 Arts Coordinator at Tyndale Christian School in Adelaide, where she has been teaching for the past 14 years. Joanna has also been an active member of the Orff Schulwerk Association of South Australia since 2006. She is a qualified Orff Schulwerk Levels 1-2 Course Presenter, and regularly presents at state and national conferences. She has completed many courses including Levels 1-4 Orff Schulwerk National Accreditation Courses, the Kodaly SA Stage 1-2 Courses and Orff Schulwerk Dance and Movement in Education Course. Joanna has composed and musically directed many productions for the Junior School and directs a thriving choral program. In her spare time Joanna enjoys musical theatre, performing and musically directing for several amateur theatre companies in Adelaide. In recent years Joanna has presented numerous informative and inspiring Teacher Forums across South Australia for Musica Viva In Schools.

Karen Kyriakou

Karen Kyriakou holds a Bachelor or Music Education and a Masters of Music Education. As a violinist and music educator, Karen currently works broadly in the area of music education, teaching students from kindergarten to tertiary level. She currently holds three residences with Musica Viva’s ‘Equal Music’ program, delivering music education to Students With Additional Needs, including one school for Deaf children. Karen has been working in this program since 2010.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra engages Karen as the writer and facilitator of the ‘Jam for Juniors’ concert series for children up to 5 years old. The MSO have also used Karen in their 'Outreach' Programs, providing Professional Development for the Teaching Artists involved with ‘The Pizzicato Effect’, MSO’s ‘El Sistema’ based string program.

Karen was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to support her studies in the area of ‘Music for the Deaf’, and travelled to the UK to investigate inclusive ways of bringing authentic educational and musical experiences to Deaf children in schools.

Sue Lane

Sue Lane has been a member of the Musica Viva In Schools education team for many years, as a professional development manager, resource writer, presenter and consultant, supporting classroom teachers in the planning of creative music education experiences for the classroom. Sue worked for over 20 years as a classroom teacher and music specialist presenting classroom and performance programs in primary schools on the Central Coast of NSW. She also worked for 7 years as a lecturer in Music and Dance Education in pre-service courses at the University of Newcastle. As an active member of the Orff Schulwerk Association of NSW, Sue is passionate about music education advocacy and supporting teachers at all levels of experience. She is currently researching arts provision in Australian primary schools.

Assistant Professor Katie Dawson

Creative, Active Music Education, 16 March 2019 in SA

Katie Dawson is a member of the faculties of the University of South Australia and The University of Texas at Austin, where she is director of the Drama for Schools program. She is an internationally-recognised consultant in drama-based pedagogy and creative learning, and has facilitated training, presented workshops and given interactive keynotes at universities and professional and arts conferences around the world. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous international journals, and she is a multi-award-winning teacher and author.

Ormond Professor Gary McPherson

Creative, Active Music Education, 16 March 2019 in SA

Gary McPherson is the Head of the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music. He is internationally renowned for his research into the power of music in people’s lives and in children’s education, and along with Graham Welch, he co-edited Musica Learning and Teaching in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence (Volume 2 of An Oxford Handbook of Music Education). Gary has made an extensive contribution to an increased understanding of factors involved in musical learning processes. Gary is a former President of both ISME and ASME.

Graham Hilgendorf

Finding your groove: Exploring rhythm, Wed 20 Feb in SA
Finding your groove: Exploring rhythm, Thurs 21 Feb in SA

Graham has studied various percussion instruments and styles of music from all over the world and has a Bachelor of Music Degree (performance) from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University. He is a founding member of Yu Ni On a taiko and percussion ensemble, a founding member of B’tutta, and was a member of Taikoz for 17 years. He has travelled throughout Australian and internationally and has performed with Australia’s major Symphony Orchestras.

Biddy Seymour

Inclusive Music for Diverse Needs, Wed 6 March in QLD
Inclusive Music for Diverse Needs, Wed 13 March in QLD

Biddy is currently employed as a Teaching Artist for The Song Room, providing a Music program at Milpera State High School School; an English language focus school for migrant and refugee students in Brisbane. Prior to this, Biddy’s experience was initially in mainstream primary settings, and then for many years in a variety of special education settings. Biddy is qualified to teach the Movement and Pedagogy strands of the nationally accredited courses. She has 3 of the Orff Master Practitioner Courses: David Spurgeon’s Dance Course, Richard Gill’s ‘Brown Books’ Course (2014) and Robyn Staveley’s Neuropedagogy Course (2016). Biddy was President of ANCOS (Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk) for 6 years, and is a past president of QOSA, another committee she was part of for almost 20 years. She has presented at numerous workshops and conferences throughout Australia and internationally (New Zealand).

Cameron Gregory

Express Yourself Through Improvisation, Wed 16 Oct in VIC

For more than 30 years Cameron has performed, composed and arranged music professionally. His versatility on all things drums and percussion has seen him tour Australia and the world with many local and overseas artists in a huge range of styles and genres of music. As an artist in residence and performer for the Musica Viva In Schools program and the NSW Department of Education, Cameron has built an immense knowledge of how to facilitate workshops for students of wide age ranges and abilities.