“Every student should have the opportunity to engage in and love learning music.”

– Kate Hargreaves, Founder and CEO, MusicEDU

This is the core of our mission at MusicEDU. We want teenagers to benefit from having music in their school lives, whether that’s learning to play an instrument, composing a piece or working with others. Practising music encourages teamwork, confidence and empathy, and helps students discover the satisfaction gained by creating rather than merely consuming.

 

Of course students are only half of the equation. Implementation of a new music program shouldn’t come at the expense of teachers, who already spend long hours planning curriculum and running classes and extracurricular activities.

 

That’s why we developed The MusicEDU Suite. It is designed to align with curriculum and learning requirements. By utilising easy-to-use technology, we’ve created programs that take the pain out of planning. Plus, we’re there every step of the way, supporting teachers and adjusting the program to suit each school’s requirements, while remaining affordable and effective.

 

Integrating the MusicEDU Suite at your school will help drive academic excellence while giving your teachers more time to spend working with students.

Our Core Principles

Our Core Principles are:

  • To advocate for the academic and social benefits of learning music, as well as the advantages it brings to the greater community and an individual’s personal development.

  • To support teachers in delivering engaging classroom music lessons, by offering them professional development and affordable resources, while limiting the time spent planning.

  • To produce music curriculum solutions that provide inspiration and encourage students’ creativity.

  • To positively impact the number of students who go on to study music in elective classes.

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Our People

Kate Hargreaves

Founder & CEO 

She studied music from an early age, and after completing a degree in music performance, majoring in trombone, at the Sydney Conservatorium, Kate spent the beginning of her career performing with companies including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and many more. She then moved into a more corporate world, working for Yamaha Music Australia and Casio. 

 

With a vision to engage students in classroom music in a way they’d find enjoyable and rewarding, Kate launched MusicEDU in 2011. Her goal continues to be achieved internationally as we integrate progressive teaching techniques and technology into secondary and middle schools using The MusicEDU Suite.

 

Kate is a regular presenter at music technology and music association conferences throughout Australia and New Zealand and, in 2020, introduced The MusicEDU Suite in San Antonio, Texas, at the USA TMEA Conference.

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 Katie Wardrobe

Content Creator: Studio Sessions

In her business Midnight Magic, Katie helps Australian music teachers understand and integrate technology into the curriculum by providing hands-on professional development workshops and online courses. Her emphasis is on sessions being relaxed and informal, and incorporating technology into the curriculum through a range of creative projects. 

 

She’s trained hundreds of teachers in schools in Australia and beyond, and we could see her unique set of skills were invaluable when we were creating our Studio Sessions program.

Nino Brown

DJ Content Creator: TrackFormers

 

As one of Australia’s leading urban DJs, Nino has shared the stage with artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna, T-Pain and Snoop and has toured the country as the official DJ for Supafest.

 

Throughout his career, Nino has been dedicated to the art of DJing and, through Universal Music, created the successful Blazin Mixtape series. He’s worked with major brands – Nike, New Era, X-Box, Monster Headphones – and, in partnership with Jord Levus, produced remixes for Justice Crew and Timomatic.

 

Nino shared his expertise and DJing technique with MusicEDU in the TrackFormers program with the aim to inspire the next generation of DJs. 

Heather Crawford

Content Creator: Game Composer

 

As the Director of Creative and Performing Arts at NSW’s Engadine High School, Heather is uniquely positioned to understand the needs and difficulties faced by teachers in music classrooms. The school’s award-winning extracurricular performing arts program has more than 250 students learning dance, drama, band and vocals, and its elective program is one of the most popular in the school.

 

Heather also has a particular interest in video games, and so we commissioned her to write GameComposer and open up this evolving topic to music educators keen to find out more. 

Rob Woodward

Scores and Arrangements

 

It was clear a career in music was in Rob’s future when, at the age of 15, he began preparing music for his high school jazz band. Now an arranger and talented multi-instrumentalist, he performs jazz, pop, classical and contemporary music. As a saxophonist, he performs with his own group, The Big Band Theory. He has arranged for the Sydney International Orchestra, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and for various entertainers who perform his arrangements all around the world. As a freelance performer, he has accompanied established names such as Human Nature, Ricki-Lee and Todd McKenny.

Rob is a whiz at whipping up arrangements of the latest charts for which we’ve secured the copyright, as well as creating awesome backing tracks so students feel like they’re playing along to the real deal.

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Nicole Nighthawk

Graphic Designer

 

She’s a designer, photographer, illustrator, DJ and singer/songwriter, so it’s not surprising Nicole is one of the most creative people we know and she’s involved in the look and feel of all MusicEDU’s programs. After all, she understands them on every level and has been working with us since the outset.

 

Through her business Infinity8 Multimedia, she’s produced promotional material, advertisements, packaging and marketing campaigns for brands including Casio, G&L Guitars, Admire, G-Shock and Everdure. She’s also photographed musicians like Kingswood, Baby Animals, Atreyu and Diesel. Nicole’s band Grandhour won Best Rock Artist at the 2016 Australian Independent Music Awards, and she’s currently working on a solo project.

Sam Donovan

Scores and Arrangements

 

Sam received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Newcastle and has a background in choral music, having performed for more than a decade in both the choir of Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral and the award-winning University of Newcastle Chamber Choir. 

 

He has written a number of choral works, including mass settings, anthems and carols, which both groups have performed locally, interstate and internationally. His Year 12 composition, Agnus Dei, was selected for the Board of Studies showcase concert at the Sydney Opera House, and his music has been performed at Salzburg Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and various venues in the UK and USA.

You’ll see Sam’s name on a lot of the MusicEDU repertoire and arrangements, and he ensures he casts his eagle eye over our music theory units as well.

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Alicia Keizer

AR Developer: AR Classroom

 

With her creative mind, adventurous spirit and experience in design, game art, animation and mixed reality development, Alicia was the perfect person to bring on board to develop AR Classroom. For MusicEDU, she has created compelling, fun and memorable augmented reality content, combining concept-based music learning with engaging, immersive visuals for students.  

 

When she’s not face-first in a computer, Alicia loves travelling and exploring the corners of the earth searching for rare Pokemon cards. 

Jaime Gibson

Teaching and Learning

Success Manager

Jaime brings a wealth of teaching experience and a passion for helping students achieve their full potential to MusicEDU. He has worked with two of the world’s top music universities, The Juilliard School in New York City and London’s Royal College of Music,  integrating their programs into schools.

 

Jaime has also been a teacher in a diverse range of schools, from inner-city London to private institutions in Sydney. He has successfully grown secondary music programs and had students accepted into some of the most prestigious music schools around the globe.

Benedict Jatico

Operations and IT

 

Benedict has been working behind the scenes with MusicEDU since 2018. With a degree in Information Technology, Benedict puts his skills to use across a wide variety of operational tasks, from setting up new schools on our website to ensuring our resources are kept up to date. Essentially he’s our go-to guy for, well, everything.

Margaux Carpenter

School Success and eCommerce

 

Margaux has been working with MusicEDU since 2020, following up leads, managing the MusicEDU Shop and nurturing our clients to ensure they are confident and happy while using The MusicEDU Suite.

 

Margaux is currently studying for a Bachelor of Business and is able to implement her skills and knowledge into the business.

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Bella Firtko

School Success and LinkedIn

 

A gifted vocalist, performer & teacher, Bella is currently gracing us with her presence at the same time as studying song-writing at C3 Church Oxford Falls.

 

Bella obtained her performance degree at the Australian Institute of Music and has a natural entrepreneurial spirit. Bella is a natural when it comes to taking care of business and all things social!

Winona Wrigley

Research and Admin Assistant

 

Winona stumbled into MusicEDU during COVID when she was required to do some work experience. We hired her because she’s awesome at everything she sets her mind to. A gifted mathematician, scientist and bass clarinetist, the world is her oyster and anyone would be lucky to snap her up - but don’t because we have.

 

Winona is currently studying to complete her HSC in 2022 at Freshwater High School Senior Campus.