Professional Development

Professional Development Seminar - The Power of Technique & Artistry

24th Jan - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Foley’s Pianos, Newcastle NSW

Proudly sponsored by Hal Leonard

Join Australian Faber Piano Adventures Ambassador Carly McDonald for this motivating and educational workshop. Discover Technique Secrets in harmony with repertoire. Benefit from the rich tapestry of Sight, Sound, Story to inspire confidence and expressive performance at every level.

Carly McDonald is the founder and publisher of Creative.Piano.Professional. In 2005, Carly established and developed a Music School with 5 locations in Adelaide and 14 wonderful teachers offering voice, violin, guitar, piano, woodwind and music theory lessons. Carly has a special interest in early learning and is passionate about teaching and doing so with a little stylish flair!

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to engage in Carly’s workshop, paired with Hal Leonard’s free gift pack of a selection of books for all attendees! MTA Members (Newcastle Branch) will also find a little something extra.

 Tickets: $15 for general admission. Bookings online.

 For more information, contact Michael Power ([email protected])

Professional Development Workshop - Is Birdsong Music?

25th Feb - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Theme & Variations Piano Services, Willoughby NSW

Birdsong PD 2018

Proudly sponsored by Theme & Variations Piano Services

Is Birdsong Music?

For something different to enhance your teaching don’t miss this extraordinary session that will summon you to the sound world of another species. Avian choristers have long inspired listeners and composers. It seems fair to ask if birdsong is simply a hard-wired, functional, primitive sound – or, could we call it “music?”

Conference presenter and author of many articles and the new publication Is Birdsong Music? [reviewed in The Studio], presenter Dr Hollis Taylor is a violinist/composer, zoömusicologist, and ornithologist. She is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies.  Dr Taylor has an abiding interest in animal aesthetics, and her work confronts and revises the study of birdsong, adding the novel reference point of a musician’s trained ear. She performs her (re)compositions of pied butcherbird songs on violin along with various outback field recordings, and her practice also takes in sound and radiophonic arts. Dr Hollis is kindly donating her services for this session.

Sunday 25th February 2018 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at

Theme and Variations Piano Services, 451 Willoughby Rd, Willoughby


NB: There will be short breaks but afternoon tea cannot be provided due to the nature of the venue.

Registrations close 14th February, 2018.

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.

Conference 2018: Flourish

12th Oct to 13th Oct - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Grand Pittwater Conference Centre North Ryde RSL Club, North Ryde NSW

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.

Registration forms will be available in early February.