Higher Education Committee
Dr Matthew Field, Phd
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.
Professor Ann Capling, Phd FASSA
Independent Member - Professor Ann Capling, who is the former Provost of Murdoch University, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne;
Ann Capling is Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Melbourne. Ann has held professorial-level appointments at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and Murdoch University. From 2012 to 2015 she served as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Murdoch University. She is the author/editor of five books and more than 50 scholarly articles and chapters.
Ann is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and past President of the Australian Political Science Association. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.
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;
Cathy Field is Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Melbourne. Ann has held professorial-level appointments at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and Murdoch University. From 2012 to 2015 she served as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Murdoch University. She is the author/editor of five books and more than 50 scholarly articles and chapters.
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.
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.
Linda Corrin is Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Melbourne. Ann has held professorial-level appointments at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and Murdoch University. From 2012 to 2015 she served as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Murdoch University. She is the author/editor of five books and more than 50 scholarly articles and chapters.
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, was long-serving Head of Music at QUT (1997 - 2009), a creative entrepreneur, producer, publisher, songwriter, composer and performer with much international commercial success, 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";
Andy Arthurs, 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.
Emeritus Prof Andy Arthurs
B Mus Tonmeister (Hons), University of Surrey, England, 1974.
Professional Experience and impact of contribution:
Andy is a creative entrepreneur, producer, publisher, songwriter, composer and performer with much international commercial success. He worked with George Martin (Beatles producer) for a few years in the early 1970s. He has 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.
Academically he was Head of Music at QUT Creative Industries from 1997-2009. QUT Music has a reputation for originality and employability. 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.
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.
Recent Key positions held:
- 2015-2016 Exec and Artistic Director of CreateX – Art, Performance, Technology festival at QUT
- 2009-2012: Appointed QUT Bid leader for CRC for Arts and Entertainment Futures.
- 2005-2017: Artistic Director Deep Blue. Deep Blue have performed across Australia, Asia and USA during this time and recorded 4 CDs and many videos.
- 2005-2010: The Australia Council Music Board (acting chair in 2008/9).
- 2010: Member of the QUT Entertainment Degree Development Team.
- 2007–2009: Federal Minister’s Music Education Advisory Group.
- 2009: Director of the Independent Music Project for the Institute of Creative Industries and Innovation.
- 1997–2009: Head of Music and Sound, QUT Creative Industries.
- 2005–2018: Brisbane Powerhouse Board Member.
- 2008: Program Leader for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for the QUT Institute of Creative Industries.
- 2004-2008: Executive Member of the Music Council of Australia (MCA).
- 2006-2007: Member of steering committee member for the National Review of School Music Education for the Federal Education Minister.
- 2003-2008: Member of the Queensland Fulbright Scholarship Committee.
- 2003-2005: Member of The Queensland Orchestra Board.
- 2005: Appointed to the Queensland State Development and Innovation Creative Industries Sectoral Development Group for Music.
- 2005: Project Manager of Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interactive Design (ACID).
- Awarded QUT Emeritus Professor of Music in 2016
- Awarded 2 platinum discs in Australia as producer and songwriter for The Ten Tenors (also masters supervisor for many of The Ten Tenors) (2006).
- Winner of the 2009 QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in “Innovative and Creative Practice”.
- Winner of Australian Performing Arts Association 2009 Drover Awards in the category of:
Excellent Audience Response for the production of Deep Blue (over 150 nominations being received from all over Australia)
- Awarded both “The Best Financial Plan” and “Overall Winner” in Queensland State Development/ Achaeus Vortex4 Enterprise Developer Program (2006) for the Deep Blue business plan (together with Darren Clark and DJ Wendt).
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 Kappe 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 since 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 soloist around the world, and he maintain an active schedule of premieres in and performances. He has taught, guest lectured and been visiting composer at over 30 universities, and been Musical Director of The Illawarra Choral Society, The Sydney Male Choir and is now at St Oswald's Anglican, Glen Iris. His composition 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 has been a student all of his adult life. His parents were entertainers and travelled around Australia and Ern attended Correspondence lessons and at the age of sixteen he served an apprenticeship in teaching music at the Victorian Banjo Club at the age of 22 after being married to 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 which later became the Australian Guild of Music Education and later Ern became the Faculty Dean, his present title. The Guild also progressed rapidly from Public examination and Training music teachers and in 1995 became registered to deliver The Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses, followed by accreditation of the current degree course, both of which are now registered with TEQSA and ASQA Ern was a keen Judaist and represented Australia as Manger in that sport at the Munich Olympics and was an IJF Official as well as being a member of the AOF. He has been a Tiger supporter since the age of 10, EDUCATION (All as a mature age student) Licentiate and Fellowship in Music AGM, Dip Ed (State College Hawthorn) B.Ed. (La Trobe University) Masters in Educational Studies and PhD (Monash University. His motto is YOU LEARN UNTIL YOU DIE.