I graduated from Otago University with a BA in English, a Bachelor of Music (majoring in Piano Performance) and a Post Graduate Diploma. In 1991 I completed my LTCL Performer’s Diploma and in 1996 I was awarded a Royal Schools of Music Centenary Travel Grant Scholarship to further my studies in London at the Royal College of Music. During this Scholarship I gained my LRSM Teaching Diploma.
I have been teaching privately for more than 20 years working with students ranging from young beginners to adults. My experience in teaching young children led me to compose a series of educational children’s piano scores. In 2002 my first book “Garden Party” was published by Willis Music, one of America’s leading music education specialists. This was followed a year later by “Garden Playtime” and in 2005 “Fantasy & Fairytale“, aimed at more advanced students, was published. My books are now published and distributed by Hal Leonard, the worlds largest music print publisher, and my most recent publications, “Freestyle” and “More Freestyle” embrace a range of diverse styles and cater for the intermediate level pianist.
I am actively involved in Otago’s community music environment and have adjudicated local competitions and provided seminars on teaching methods and business practices to local teachers. I also teach beginner recorder and clarinet with the Saturday Morning Music Classes and have served extensively on the committees of the SMMC and local branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT) of New Zealand.