Australian Guild of Music Education Employees

The Guild has been fortunate to find staff who wish to provide the best services.  The initiatives and motivation from staff towards the improvements that have been gained over the time of its operation have been positive.
Bernadette Norton - CEO, MTEC. & Bus. Man. Coordinator & Lecturer, Vocal TutorCEO, MTEC. & Bus. Man. Coordinator & Lecturer, Vocal Tutor

Bernadette Norton

Bernadette Norton (MTEC, BMus, AdvDipMus, DipMus, Licentiate in Voice) was appointed CEO at the Guild of Music in 2001. Since then she has increased the Guild’s public profile, and assisted the Dean to gain accreditation for the degree. She gained approval for FEE HELP and VET FEE HELP for the Higher Education and VET programs. She created distance courses that are eco-friendly and minimize paper usage, and has created the online eLearning site (MOODLE) an LMS which is now in operation. Her ongoing work has created course resources, built a dynamic web site, involved her in advertising, maintaining course accreditation, building the website, and student record management databases. She has lectured in Music Technology, Musicianship, Performance, and tutors in voice. Bernadette was the project manager of building and renovation of the Guild campus which now includes a performance stage, 2 recording studios, 2 practice rooms, and a computer lab. There was also a complete update of the front half of the building interior. Bernadette is public liaison for the council and governmental bodies. Future development of other projects includes making all the public performance syllabi resources for The Guild of Music members available on the website for free digital download or purchase. She is also developing online software for public theory examinations to promote music theory which will address its decrease and expand the connectivity and feasibility of research and assessment of levels and grades. Her objectives are to increase the awareness of the Guild of Music, make interactive training resources, add new courses, expand to overseas course delivery and to deliver and offer regular improved courses/resources for accomplished musicians.

    Dr Ern Knoop - Dean VET CoursesDean VET Courses

    Dr Ern Knoop

    One of the Founder's of the Australian Guild of Music & Education Licentiate and Fellowship in Music AGM, Dip. Ed. (State College, Hawthorn) B. Ed. (La Trobe University); Masters in Educational Studies; PhD (Monash University). Dr Ern Knoop has been a student all of his adult life. His parents were entertainers and travelled around Australia so Ern attended Correspondence lessons. At the age of sixteen he served an apprenticeship in teaching music at the Victorian Banjo Club. At the age of 22 after marrying Olive (now deceased), they started a successful music organisation called the ABC String Academy. In 1970 Olive and Ern joined the London College of Music, which became the Australian Guild of Music and later the Australian Guild of Music Education. Ern subsequently became the Faculty Dean, his present title. The Guild also progressed rapidly from conducting public examinations to training music teachers and in 1995 became registered to deliver the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses. This was followed by the accreditation of the current degree course, now registered with TEQSA and ASQA. Ern was a keen Judaist and represented Australia as a Manager in that sport at the Munich Olympics. He was an IJF Official as well as being a member of the AOF. He has been a Tiger supporter since the age of 10. All of his qualifications were earnt as a mature age student. His motto is YOU LEARN UNTIL YOU DIE.

      Dr Matthew Field - HEC Chair member, Musicianship LecturerHEC Chair member, Musicianship Lecturer

      Dr Matthew Field

      Coordinator and Teacher in Musicianship (theory and aural). Instrumental tutor in pianoforte, violin and guitar. Dr Matthew Field (Chair), PhD in music (University of Newcastle), significant teaching and learning experience (AGME), significant publication and delivery of instructional materials, invited international performer and educator, also member of AGME Governance Board. Dr Matthew Field completed his BMus in Piano Performance with High Distinction at the Melba Conservatorium of Music under master teacher Dr Mikhail Solovei. He then completed his PhD in music through the University of Newcastle. In his earlier years Matthew was a Yamaha artist and conducted many professional performances on piano and voice. Since completing his PhD Matthew has focussed on music education including designing and delivering a revolutionary program of foundational training that has seen accelerated and excellent results for students. His education work has included a large output of course books and instructional videos. Matthew has been involved with the Australian Guild of Music Education since 2015 and is excited to see the Guild position itself as a world leader in distance music education.

        Dr Houston Dunleavy - Academic Director, History of Music Coordinator and LecturerAcademic Director, History of Music Coordinator and Lecturer

        Dr Houston Dunleavy

        Academic Director Composer, Conductor, Performer, Coordinator and Lecturer History of Music. Dr Houston Dunleavy (Ph.D. (comp), Buffalo; M.M. (ch. cond.), Cleveland; M.M. (comp), Cleveland; B.A. hist), Melbourne; B.Mus (comp), Melbourne, Pi Kappa Lambda (Zeta Psi chapter). Former Senior Lecturer in Composition, Discipline co-ordinator, Acting Head of School, University of Wollongong, Former Senior Academic Co-ordinator, Former Head of Composition and Production, The Australian Institute of Music. Internationally-known composer and conductor with over 80 published works and 9 CDs on the Wirripang, Move and Wayfarer labels; Artistic Director, Southern Cross Philharmonia; Executive Committee, Melbourne Composers' League; Board member, Sydney Brass Festival; Represented Artist, The Australian Music Centre. Houston has conducted over 40 operas and musical theatre works, most of the standard symphonic repertoire and premiered works by living composers on three continents. His compositional work has been presented in many countries on all continents except Antarctica. His work is performed by leading soloists around the world, and he maintains an active schedule of premieres and performances. He has taught, guest lectured, and been visiting composer at over 30 universities, and been Musical Director of The Illawarra Choral Society and The Sydney Male Choir. He is now Musical Director of St Oswald's Anglican, Glen Iris, and Artistic Director of The Southern Cross Philharmonia Orchestra. His compositions often explore electronic and acoustic sound worlds as well as the blurring of the lines between the concert hall, the electronic music studio and the theatre.

          Leonie Wobking - VET & Performance Lecturer/Piano TutorVET & Performance Lecturer/Piano Tutor

          Leonie Wobking

          Allow me to introduce myself. I am Leonie Wobking who currently is a Lecturer and Tutor in music with the Australian Guild Of Music Education. I am currently active in teaching music with a vast amount of experience and personal qualifications with the AGME, Caulfield Music Centre and Melba Conservatorium. I have successfully completed Cert.1V in Training and Assessment, Music Examiner’s Certificate Licentiate Diploma (Performance) AGME Associate Diploma Post. Grad. (Composition) AGME Associate Diploma (Performance) AGME Bachelor of Music AGME Graduate Diploma – Movement Therapy and Dance Institute of Early Childhood Development. In addition to my experience and personal qualifications I have a passion for encouraging and nurturing students through music for them to develop a life-long love for learning. I prepare students for participation in recitals, examinations and concerts. During the course of my career I have had the opportunity to be associated with the AGME as a Lecturer, Tutor and Examiner either through Distance Learning or on Campus constantly challenging myself with designing a course book on Orchestration, research and contact teaching time with my students. Overall this has successfully contributed to the great outcomes with the students. I continually envisage to be an active participant and contributor with my work that seeks to enhance the connection of music with learning.

            Lecturer: Music Performance and Collaborative Music Studies.

            Dr. Mark Gasser

            Mark Gasser is a critically acclaimed pianist with an international reputation as a solo concert artist, chamber musician and pedagogue. He has performed in many of the world’s leading concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House: where he received standing ovations. He has previously held positions at Royal Holloway University, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the King’s School (Canterbury), Central Queensland University, WAPPA, the National Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (where he was Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director) as well as Campus Manager for the Australian Institute of Music (Melbourne). Since 2009 he has been an exclusive Yamaha Artist. Qualifications • ARAM: for ‘significant contribution to the field of music’ Royal Academy of Music • PhD: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) • M.Mus (with distinction) Royal Academy of Music / University of London • AdvCert (RAM), Royal Academy of Music • LRAM, Royal Academy of Music • HonRBC, Honorary Member for “Distinguished work in Music” Royal Birmingham Conservatoire • BA (Hons) first-class Royal Birmingham Conservatoire • ABSM piano performance Royal Birmingham Conservatoire • ABSM piano teaching Royal Birmingham Conservatoire • Cert IV in Training and Assessing (2014) W: au.yamaha.com/en/artists/m/mark_gasser.html

              Caleb Garfinkel - Composition & Ensemble Coordinator & Lecturer, Guitar tutorComposition & Ensemble Coordinator & Lecturer, Guitar tutor

              Caleb Garfinkel

              Caleb has worked for the Guild since 2017. He has been working on the course design in composition and ensemble and now included performance for 2019. He is an active musician with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Master of Arts (Music Performance) at Monash University. He has 15 years experience as an instrumentalist in vast performance, composition and education environments. Extensive interest and experience in many styles of music, with focus on the guitar in electric, acoustic and classical environments. Active interest and involvement in music performance, arranging, composition and philosophy. Further proficiency in percussion, piano, voice, lapsteel guitar, banjo and bass guitar, as well as computer recording and electronic music production.

                Jasmine Darlington-Rielly - LIBRARY / ADMINISTRATIONLIBRARY / ADMINISTRATION

                Jasmine Darlington-Rielly

                MASTERS OF INFORMATION SCIENCE (LIBRARY AND INFORMATION PRACTICE) • 2018 • QUT BACHELOR OF JOURNALISM • 2013 • UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND A regular volunteer for several worthy causes in the journalism and librarian fields.

                  Tia Hutajulu - Receptionist, Administrator for public exams, Book keeperReceptionist, Administrator for public exams, Book keeper

                  Tia Hutajulu

                  Tia has been with the Guild since 2010. She obtained her Diploma in Accounting also in 2010 at Swinburne University, Melb., and a Degree of Economic Management at YPTB Indonesia in 2004. Tia's key role is the Administrator Secretary at the Guild, she administrates the entire operations of the public examinations system. All public examination processes such as exam bookings/times, examiner delegations, organisation of graduations, posting & printing of theory exams, public exams and certificates plus contact to all music and speech teachers and examiners. Tia has worked tirelessly to make sure all teachers, examiners and students are satisfied with the services that the Guild has to offer.

                    Yolanda Acker - Higher Education AdministratorHigher Education Administrator

                    Yolanda Acker

                    Yolanda Acker studied at the University of Melbourne, where she gained her Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in Musicology in 1992, and Master of Music (1995). She is currently completing a PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) on Music in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), after living in Spain for over 20 years. There, she worked at the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (ICCMU) and completed a Master of Arts Management degree in Music, Theatre and Dance (2008). Most of her research centres on early twentieth-century Spanish music and musicians, such as Ernesto Halffter, Antonio José, and dance in Spain during the twentieth century. She has published widely and is also an experienced translator of texts on music from Spanish into English.

                      Vanessa Trendle - Personal Assistant/Web Editor Public ConsultantPersonal Assistant/Web Editor Public Consultant

                      Vanessa Trendle

                      VET Administrator, Careers EXPO and Workshop organiser. Examiner course administrator. A generally friendly person who loves music and the musicians who create it!

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