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 Albert P. Haddad, BSc Hons, Grad Dip Ed, MEd, EdD
Dr Albert P. Haddad, EdD (Reconstruction of leadership in a situation of significant organisational change), University of Melbourne; MEd (Leadership, Policy and Change), Monash University; Grad Dip Ed (Hons), LaTrobe University; BSc Hons, University of Melbourne
Currently the Director of Academic Administration at Alphacrucis College and on the Steering Committee for the Chairs of Academic Boards Forum for Non-University Higher Education Providers. Started career as a research scientist working on Kidney and Bone Marrow Transplant programs and setting up a national Paternity Testing service. Served 5 years in Human Resource Development before establishing and managing for 12 years a boutique Leadership Development and Change Management consultancy. Previously to the current role, he was the Chief Academic Officer at Harvest Bible College, overseeing all their Academic Programs. Experience and research in leading and developing teams, focusing on organizational strategic goals and team performance, changeability, navigating ambiguity and learning agility.
Mr Curtis Tay, BSc, MSc
Independent Member - Mr Curtis Tay, who brings a combination of academic, corporate and music industry experience. Master of Science in Management Information Systems from a Top 5 ranked US school (University of Arizona), he has been a tutor/co-supervisor at the University of Melbourne, a lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore) including significant new course development experience, has co-authored with eminent IT academic Professor Michael Vitale, then Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW). Professional piano teacher and manager of his own music studio.
Mr Curtis Tay, BSc (NAU), MSc (Arizona), serves as an independent member on the AGME Higher Education Committee. Formerly, he worked as a Systems Analyst in Singapore, an IT Consultant in USA and Australia, a Lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore), and a Senior Tutor at the University of Melbourne. He is currently a piano teacher at Hillcrest Christian College, and he manages his own music studio. With a multi-discipline background, experience across three continents, and great interest in higher education, he is passionate about contributing to the governance of the AGME higher education program and helping the AGME to remain an innovative leader in music education.
Higher Education Academic Board
Dr Cathy Falk, PhD
Independent Chair - Emeritus Professor Catherine Falk, PhD (Monash), former Dean of Music at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Emerita Catherine Falk is one of Australia’s most significant ethnomusicologists. Her doctoral research involved extensive fieldwork in West Java, Indonesia, during the 1970s. She focused on ceremonial life and music in the villages of West Java. She received her PhD from Monash University in 1981, having already published three articles. During the 1980s she was influential in promoting the study of migrant music-making in Melbourne to the wider community and advocating for recognition of the creative musical life represented by migrant musicians through her work with the Victorian Ministry for the Arts, the Australia Council, the Boite, Piccolo Spoleto, the Festival of all Nations and Multicultural Arts Victoria. Engagement with migrant communities led to her long involvement with the Hmong community in Australia. Her publications about Hmong music and funeral rites are recognised internationally as seminal works. She was part of a consortium of ethnomusicologists and linguists from the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney and the ANU that received ARC funding to establish PARADISEC, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources for Endangered Cultures. She served on numerous editorial boards including Hmong Studies Journal and the Asia –Pacific Journal of Anthropology.
Her recent research has focused on music-making amongst Asian communities in colonial Australia. In 2009 she was a Research Scholar in Residence at the National Sound and Film Archive in Canberra. Her project title was “Inscribing Asia in Australia’s Musical History.”
She introduced ethnomusicology subjects to the (former) Melbourne State College in 1976. She was Head of the Department of Music at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education and the Institute of Education 1986-93, and established performance of non-western music programs, particularly gamelan, at the Melbourne campus (1979).
In the Faculty of Music she served as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, from 1998 to 2005; as Deputy Dean and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, 1999-2005; as Acting Dean in 2000; as Dean 2006-2009; and as Chair of Graduate Studies, 2009-2015. Her period as Dean of the Music Faculty was one of great challenge for the University’s relationship with Music, involving University Council’s Review of Music in 2006, the subsequent move towards amalgamation with the VCA School of Music and the emergence of the Melbourne Model. She led the transformation of the BMus into the Melbourne Model and was a courageous voice in the maintenance of Music in the broader University curriculum, ensuring the enduring value of the discipline of Music for the whole University.
In addition to her contributions to the Faculty of Music, Catherine Falk has served the University in a range of roles, most recently as Chair of the Academic Programs Committee of Academic Board. She also served over many years as a member of the Research Training Advisory Committee, the Teaching and Learning Quality Assurance Committee, and the Teaching and Learning Development Committee.
In retirement Professor Falk continues to act as supervisor for numerous PhD candidates.
Dr Linda Corrin, PhD
Independent Member - Dr Linda Corrin (PhD Wollongong), Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business & Economics, The University of Melbourne, recognised expert in e-learning and distance education.
Dr Linda Corrin is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education in the Williams Centre for Learning Advancement at the University of Melbourne. In this role, she provides support for curriculum development, delivery and assessment to staff in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Linda holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Information and Communication Technology (University of Wollongong, Australia), a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Roehampton, London), and a PhD in Education (University of Wollongong). Linda's research interests include students' engagement with technology, learning analytics, feedback, and learning design.
Independent Member - Emeritus Professor Andy Arthurs, BSc (NAU), MSc (Arizona), was Head of Music at QUT (1997 - 2009). A creative entrepreneur, producer, publisher, songwriter, composer and performer with much international commercial success, he has been a member of the Australia Council Music Board (Chair in 2008/2009), winner of the QUT Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in ``Innovative and Creative Practice``. In research he has been involved in 3 ARC Linkage grants -1st named CI of two - and has published in both text and in artistic practice. In addition, Prof Arthurs had an impact on Music Education having served on and led many boards and advisory committees in Australia and Asia.
Formerly, he worked as a Systems Analyst in Singapore, an IT Consultant in USA and Australia, a Lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore), and a Senior Tutor at the University of Melbourne. He is currently a piano teacher at Hillcrest Christian College, on the Gold Coast and he manages his own music studio. With a multi-discipline background, experience across three continents, and great interest in higher education.
Andy has worked with George Martin (Beatles producer) for a few years in the early 1970s and had hit records in UK, Europe, and Australia gaining a platinum disc in 1997 for production. He was a CEO of three music companies in the UK and a director of Creative Media Warehouse Pty Ltd in Australia, the parent company of the innovative orchestra Dee Blue (founded in 2005 from an ARC Linkage grant. DeepBlue has had a significant impact as a new performance group.
By combining his professional music experience with his academic career he has led responses to the challenges in today’s arts and entertainment sector, namely the convergence of audience and artist, executive and artistic producer, traditional and contemporary musical genres, performance forms across live and digitally mediated contexts.
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.
Faculty Board (VET courses)
Dr Ern Knoop, PhD - Dean
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 judoist 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.