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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 | Sue Lane | Graham Hilgendorf | Joanna Patrick | Cameron Gregory |

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 2020:

Music Across the Curriculum, Thu 27 Feb in ACT

Passion for Percussion, Thu 12 Mar in VIC

Music Across the Curriculum, Wed 11 Mar in VIC

Improvisation Made Easy - for Everyone, Wed 13 May in WA

Storytelling Through Music, Tue 16 Jun in NSW


Sue Lane

Introduction to Classroom Music, Wed 12 Feb in NSW

Music Across the Curriculum, Tue 13 Oct in NSW

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.


Graham Hilgendorf

Passion for Percussion, Thu 20 Feb in NSW
Passion for Percussion, Wed 27 May in NSW
Passion for Percussion, Thu 28 May in ACT

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.



Joanna Patrick

Music and Movement, Wed 26 Feb in SA
Music and Movement, Wed 25 Mar in SA
Music for Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom, Wed 13 May in SA
Music for Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom, Wed 13 Jun in SA

Joanna Patrick has been a curriculum writer and presenter for Musica Viva in Schools for almost 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Education and has worked as a generalist classroom teacher and specialist music teacher for almost two decades. Joanna is the Junior School Music Teacher at Tyndale Christian School in Adelaide, South Australia. She has been an active member of the Orff Schulwerk Association of South Australia since 2006, is a qualified Orff Schulwerk Levels course presenter and has completed courses in both Orff Schulwerk and Kodály. Joanna has a passion for primary school choirs and musical productions, composing and musically directing many productions for the Junior School and directing a thriving choral program.


Cameron Gregory

Passion for Percussion, Tue 17 Mar in NT
Passion for Percussion, Wed 18 Mar in NT

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.




Michelle Rollins

Music Inspired by the Natural Environment, Thu 2 Apr in ACT
Music Inspired by the Natural Environment, Thu 21 May in NSW
Music Inspired by the Natural Environment, Thu 6 Aug in NSW

Michelle has been the specialist music and drama teacher at Waverley College Junior School for the past 21 years. She also directs a recorder ensemble, a stomp group and conducts a 50 voice boys’ choir. She holds a Bachelor of Education (primary) from CSU and a Bachelor of Arts (hons. in Ethnomusicology) from UNE, and a L.Mus.A (AMEB) in singing. Michelle is also the current National (ANCOS) and State (OSANSW) president of Orff Schulwerk in Australia.


Adam Page

Spontaneous Composition, Wed 13 May in SA

Adam Page is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and record producer based in Adelaide.

Known widely for his award-winning solo multi-instrumental looping performances, Adam’s festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK), WOMADelaide, Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Sydney International Arts Festival. Adam has a strong focus on artistic spontaneity, using traditional methods and new technologies.

Adam has toured widely throughout South Australia for Musica Viva In Schools, sharing his infectious joy for music with students, and showing how music can be an essential and accessible experience for everyone.