Music teachers hit all the high notes
From the man who wrote the music for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to the artistic director of the New York City Gay Men’s Choir, some of the biggest names in national and international music will be at the Maryborough Music Conference, in July 2013.
The impressive list of world leaders in music education will share their expertise with more than 700 primary and secondary classroom music teachers, instrumental music teachers and university students from across Australia at the Brolga Theatre.
The conference is an initiative of Education Queensland’s Regional Music Coordinators led by Ken Hodgkinson and Mike Tyler, and is recognised as Australia’s premier music educator’s conference.
Ken Hodgkinson said the aim of the event was to raise the standard and enhance the outcomes of music education in Australia through clinics from world leaders in music education which addressed new innovative teaching techniques and practices.
“This conference is also unique where teachers have the opportunity to become performing musicians again through participation in various ensembles,” he said.
The conference includes over 100 sessions and two concerts over five days, with a list of presenters that reads like a who’s who of the music industry.
“Tim McDonald from the USA founded his own company iTheatrics. Tim has written the book for a number of musicals including Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.”
Artistic director of the New York City Gay Men’s Choir Charlie Beale, from the UK, will direct one of the choirs at a gala lunchtime concert on 7 July, which is open to the public.
“He will fly from a concert in New York with his choir to our conference then onto Hobart before returning home to the UK,” Mr Hodgkinson said.
Among the national presenters is David Jones, who is recognised as the best drummer in Australia and Greg Spence, the lead trumpet player on TV’s Dancing with the Stars.
Special Guest appearances will include James Morrison, John Foreman and Darren Percival who was the runner-up in last year’s ‘The Voice’.
While the sessions are for registered delegates only, a free lunchtime concert will be held on Sunday to the general public from 11.00 am – 1.30 pm.
The public will also have access to the trade pavilion, featuring the latest displays in music technology, musical instruments, sheet music, PA systems and lighting.