Professional Development

“Path of the Voice” with Robin de Hass

9th Mar - 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW

Saturday 9th March, 10:30am-1:30pm

Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Laman St, Newcastle

International Vocal Expert, Robin de Hass is based in Switzerland and will be in Newcastle to present a workshop and masterclass in vocal production and the functional anatomy of breath support.

To participate in this workshop, please contact Michael Power,

Observer tickets:


Strategies for Learning and Teaching Australian Classical Piano Repertoire with Dr Cathy Aggett and 2019 AGM

28th Apr - 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The Music Room, Killara

Cathy Aggett Workshop

Fee: $40 MTA & UMTA members and $55 non-members
The MTA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Pamela Hinde

This session will offer performers and teachers strategies for learning and teaching Australian Classical piano repertoire. As performers and teachers, it is always tempting to only learn and teach repertoire with which we and audiences are familiar. Performing repertoire that is less well known can be seen to be a risk when programming a concert or including it in any performance program.

Unfortunately, Australian repertoire often fits into that category. Australian piano works that are listed in various teaching syllabi will be presented, along with Larry Sitsky’s collection for piano, “Century” as a means of demystifying the process of learning and teaching unfamiliar repertoire. Participants will be given the opportunity to try the practical strategies during the workshop, with discussion following activities to consolidate people’s experiences. Accessing resources online, especially recordings, has become the norm when both selecting new repertoire and preparing it for performance. Australian piano repertoire is often in the categories of less or unknown, forcing those interested in a work to purchase a copy of the score without fully knowing what it will sound like.

The body of available recordings of Australian piano repertoire is always growing, but many works remain unrecorded and at times,
available only as handwritten scores.

Participants will be given a comprehensive handout of the strategies used and discussed, with available resources listed to assist them on their (possibly new) exploration of Australian piano repertoire.

Following the workshop the 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held.  Afternoon tea will be served prior to the meeting.

2019 Annual General Meeting

28th Apr - 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The Music Room, Killara

The 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held immediately following the Professional Development Session “Strategies for Learning and Teaching Australian Classical Piano Repertoire” with Dr Cathy Aggett.

Afternoon tea will be served.

Music Teacher Festival

12th Oct - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hunter Valley Grammar School, Ashtonfield

Music Teacher Festival

Saturday 12th October, 9am-5pm

Hunter Valley Grammar School

Norfolk St, Ashtonfield (East Maitland)

Upskill your teaching and join a number of guest presenters who will lead hands on workshops, forums and seminars in repertoire, pedagogy and industry specific topics for the instrumental music teacher.

Save the date! Program details and online registration information to follow.

Registrations will be available online: