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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She’s a designer, photographer, illustrator, 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.
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.
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.
Business Development 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.
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.
Content Creator and Video Creation
Joshua Cowie is a Melbourne based Creative Producer, educator, composer, audio producer and typesetter. A Creative Producer in the programming team at Australia’s largest performing arts centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Joshua oversees the dedicated learning space The Channel, along with producing performances, workshops and various creative projects.
Joshua has worked with well know artists including Midnight Oil and Amanda Palmer, and produced music and audio for use on commercial radio, network TV (7 and 9) and the Sydney Opera House. A lifelong educator, Joshua has spent time in schools, lectured at university and written classroom resources for music classes across Australia.
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!
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.
School Success & Projects
Raph joined MusicEDU in 2021 and has made sure he keeps his ear to the ground, learning everything that pertains to MusicEDU. Working with schools both in the Consult Calls and Nurturing them once subscribers, Raph is devoted to teachers (and students) loving the resources.
Raph has been able to translate his abilities learnt in his Psychology degree as well as his time as a musician managing and performing in a band, as well as his various instrumental knowledge, to help MusicEDU further our goals!
Leigh was a messy child. She would get grounded and sent to her room to clean, often. But, instead of cleaning, as an act of rebellion, she spent the hours in her bedroom amongst the clutter reading the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Oxford Dictionary. What a wild child.
It took her another 20 years to start picking up after herself, but the love of knowledge and the written word was already etched into her heart. Leigh takes the jargon-laden and sometimes overwhelming content that industry professionals use and creates reader-friendly material for MusicEDU.