Professional Development

The HSC: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

29th Apr - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adlib Music, Chatswood NSW

HSC Day Entry Form


This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an HSC expert discuss the teaching and understanding of all aspects of the Higher School Certificate music syllabus.

Presenter Joanne Burrows BA [Music & Theatre], Grad.Dip.Teach, AMusA, LTCL [Pedagogy], Cert.IV [Assessment & Training] has over 20 years as a classroom and studio teacher and is currently Head of Piano and Music Craft at the Riverina Conservatorium and Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Joanne’s students have achieved high results and nominations for Encore performances. She has examined written, aural and composition aspects of the HSC. She is an avid composer of pedagogical works published by Wirripang and is the organiser of the annual RCM regional HSC study day for non-government and government schools in the Riverina area.

Whether you are a studio or classroom teacher and whether you are currently teaching HSC students or not, this is a valuable course, not to be missed.  Aural skills, musicology, repertoire and much more will be discussed and explained along with the marking criteria for each section.

The day will be divided into several sessions, covering all aspects of the HSC requirements.  Some of the topics include:

  • an overview of Music 1, Music 2 and Extension dealing with the course structures, topics and electives, weighting of marks and much more…
  • how the instrumental teacher can work productively with the classroom teacher, the student and parents; core subjects and electives; performance requirements and choosing a programme….
  • teaching composition; preparing musicology electives and the viva voce; teaching aural skills and recommended resources…..

Sunday 29th April, 2018 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at

Adlib Music, 845 Pacific Highway Chatswood.  Ground floor, enter via Railway St.

FEES:       $79 MTA & UMTA MEMBERS   and $99 NON-MEMBERS

Fee includes morning tea but please note to either bring your own lunch or purchase from one of the nearby cafes.

Registrations close 13th April, 2018.

How to Blitz! Rote Repertoire: Fun Pieces That Develop Sight Reading

29th Jul - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Adlib Music, Chatswood NSW

Samantha Coates Workshop registration form

Teaching by rote is an important principle in developing artistry and technique. Samantha has written a collection of entertaining, highly patterned pieces that are easy and comfortable to play, and which will appeal especially to the slightly older beginner.

Each piece is written in three levels. Samantha will demonstrate how the Level 1 piece can be taught by rote and the student can ‘spot the difference’ in the scores for Levels 2 and 3, reinforcing the recognition of patterns. Samantha will also show how the pieces can be used to stimulate improvisation and composition, providing a holistic learning approach that incorporates a sound technique, sight reading skills and creativity.

Samantha Coates is a pianist and teacher with three decades of experience in both private and group tuition. She is also the author and publisher of BlitzBooks, the series that has brought fun and laughter to music education. Samantha has had extensive experience as a solo performer, accompanist and lecturer, and is in demand as a speaker both in Australia and overseas.

Conference 2018: Flourish

12th Oct to 13th Oct - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Grand Pittwater Conference Centre North Ryde RSL Club, North Ryde NSW

2018 Conference registration

2018 Conference session details

Conference 2018:  Flourish

This promises to be another outstanding Conference with wonderful presenters and a variety of sessions to make your teaching Flourish.

Some of the sessions include:-

  • Music and the Brain
  • Music Technology
  • Unlocking the Score
  • French Baroque Dance
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Teaching Gifted Students
  • New Music for Piano Duets
  • Working with Children
  • Building Bridges from Rhythm to Radio

and more to come …

… and of course, a Forum of noted Music Educators.