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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 |

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


Sue Lane

Introduction to Classroom Music, Wed 12 Feb 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

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.