I’ve always been a bit of a techno-head. (The technology, not the music.) I was programming an Atari with cubase in the late 1980s (and having a ball doing it). Under the tutelage of the wonderful Professor Greg Schiemer, I built a midi computer in 1987 and programmed it in machine code. It even worked sometimes. I ran a business for a few years doing backing tracks using sampled instrument. The amount of time I’ve spent looking at a screen and tweaking a sound to be just right could have produced a second PhD.

Whether you’re a music teacher, a performer, a composer, a producer, an entrepreneur, an academic, or whatever, you simply can’t afford to ignore the computer as a device for creating music.

Music technology courses I’ve taught

  • Digital Music Technology (Bachelor of Creative Arts, CQUniversity)
  • Digital Music Applications (Bachelor of Music, CQUniversity)
  • Digital Media Software & Systems (Bachelor of Music, CQUniversity)

Study of the industrial side of the arts business is important. It’s vital for our universities to turn our artists that are not only great practitioners, but also great businesspeople and entrepreneurs.

Creative and cultural industries subjects I’ve taught:

  • Creativity, Innovation, and Dangerous Ideas (Bachelor of Creative Arts, CQUniversity)
  • The Creative Industries (Bachelor of Creative Arts, CQUniversity)
  • Music Business in the New Millennium (Bachelor of Music, CQUniversity)
  • The Music Industry (Bachelor of Arts, UNE)

This is the area I’ve probably been teaching longest and most consistently. I’ve run classes in this since 2001 when I was teaching for the University of New England. I constantly fascinated by popular music history and theory. From metal to hiphop, I love the music. I love watching students learn more about their own popular culture. I love my own research into popular music and tourism, and into Delhi Rock. I even love the visceral reaction of the class when I put on the Spice Girls’ Wannabe.

Popular music subjects I’ve taught:

  • Popular Music Origins and Principles 1 & 2 (Bachelor of Creative Arts, CQUniversity)
  • Rock History 1 & 2 (Bachelor of Music, CQUniversity)
  • Critical Studies: Contemporary Music 1 & 2 (Bachelor of Music, Australian Institute of Music)
  • Critical Studies: Folk Music (Bachelor of Music, Australian Institute of Music)

I’ve also taught into more traditional classical music courses over the years. This has involved foundation harmony and theory and history subjects.

Western Art Music subjects I’ve taught

  • Music Origins and Principles 1 & 2 (Bachelor of Creative Arts, CQUniversity)
  • Modern Harmony and Improvisation (Bachelor of Music, CQUniversity)
  • Music Styles and Analysis 2 (Bachelor of Music, CQUniversity)
  • Music Materials and Techniques 1 & 2 (Bachelor of Music, Australian Institute of Music)
  • Critical Studies: 20th Century (Bachelor of Music, Australian Institute of Music)
  • Critical Studies: Baroque (Bachelor of Music, Australian Institute of Music)

I’ve been a jazz arranger and composer most of my life. My undergrad was in composition, and I continued my studies of arranging at Sydney Conservatorium after I graduated. After my Masters, I continued to study and work on my arranging. I ended up writing several shows around Sydney, and for several cruise ship lines.

Composition and arranging courses I’ve taught

  • Composition and Arranging 1 & 2 (Bachelor of Music, CQUniversity)
  • Introduction to Songwriting (Bachelor of Music, CQUniversity)
  • Songwriting (Bachelor of Entertainment, JMC Academy)

As well as preparing students for life as an artist, arts courses need to prepare them for future research opportunities.

Research method classes I’ve taught

  • Research for the Creative Industries (Bachelor of Creative Arts, CQUniversity)
  • Critical Studies: World Music (Ethnomusicology introduction, Bachelor of Music, Australian Institute of Music

Of course, spending much of my life playing jazz, it’s natural that I’d teach it sometimes.

Jazz classes I’ve taught:

  • Modern Harmony and Improvisation 1 & 2
  • Jazz Composition and Arranging 1 & 2