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30 September 2025
With a strong and rich history of music education in Queensland schools, our chapter network reaches across the entire state of Queensland and the chapter council works tirelessly to ensure the benefits of being an ASME member are available as far across Queensland as possible.
In addition to the chapter’s work in supporting music education professionals, the chapter also hosts one of Queensland’s longest running composing competitions, the Young Composers’ Competition each year. This competition has provided hundreds of Queensland students will the opportunity to have their compositions adjudicated by professional composers and many former winners have gone on to forge a career in the world of musical composition.
On this site, you will find information about upcoming events, professional development workshops and the other activities of ASME Qld.
The ASME Qld Chapter Council invites you to utilise our support and even consider giving back to music education in Queensland by joining the Chapter Council.
Teaching context: Shane currently works as the Assistant Principal Curriculum at St Peter Claver College. He teaches Senior General Music and has taught in secondary and P to 12 contexts during my career. Having previously been a DRPC for both Music and Music Extension, Shane works with the QCAA as a Lead Confirmer and Chief Marker for Music.
Music Education Interests: Shane is passionate about the difference music education can make in the holistic education of all primary and secondary students and passionate advocate for the need for all students to study music as part of their Prep to Year 12 education.
Fun Fact: Shane regularly works as a professional Musical Director when not in the classroom and conducts the Toowoomba Choral Society’s TCS Choir.
Dr Malcolm Cole
Teaching Context: Malcolm is currently the Head of Faculty, The Arts, at Cannon Hill Anglican College. He is also a member of ISME History Standing Committee.
Music Education Interests: Malcolm’s music education interests and research areas include classroom music pedagogy, and the history of music education including Australian and instrumental music.
Fun Fact: I enjoy cooking and walking.
Teaching Context: Janette is currently Head of Music at St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast where she teaches students from Years 5 to 12. Her co-curricular ensembles include the Senior Choir and Rhythm and Blues Band.
Music Education Interests: Janette is a keen choral enthusiast as well as musically directing nearly 30 School Musicals over her career and has always been actively involved in the processes of the QCAA (and its previous incarnations) through being Panel Chair, new syllabus committees and now, endorsement, confirmation and EA marking.
Fun Fact: Janette was inspired to become a music teacher as early as primary school where her music teacher at Indooroopilly State School was an inspiration. I was in awe of her and spent every lunchtime in the music room mucking around on the xylophones and loved singing in the choir, playing fife and also the bass drum! In Year 7, she performed in the role of “Dave” (!) on the Brisbane City Hall stage in a musical production of Henry Lawson’s “The Loaded Dog”. This combined with learning piano, singing and ballet and presenting impromptu performances of music theatre songs on the front verandah at home for the unsuspecting passing pedestrian traffic set her on track to be involved in music very early in the piece.
Teaching Context: Belinda is a music teacher at St Joseph’s Nudgee College. She enjoys teaching in the middle phase of education (Years 5 – 8 Music). She also tutors in Arts Education and Pre-Service Teacher Education at the University of Sunshine Coast.
Music Education Interests: Belinda has an interest in instrumental immersion and using technology to support learning in the music classroom.
Fun Fact: Outside of the classroom Belinda enjoys umpiring netball and swimming.
Dr Simon Petty
Teaching Context: Simon is currently a Lecturer in Music Education (classroom and instrumental) at Griffith University in the School of Education and Professional Studies and Pre-Tertiary Jazz Studies Coordinator, Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Music Education Interests: Simon’s research interests are in Australian Jazz, Jazz Diaspora Studies, Jazz Pedagogy, Music Education, Instrumental Music, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Initial Teacher Education in Music
Fun Fact: Jazz boosts your creativity and productivity at work, relieves stress, and increases your immunity.
Dr Rachael Dwyer
Teaching Context: Wendy is currently the Head of Faculty – Arts at The Lakes College, where she teaches secondary Music.
Music Education Interests: Wendy’s music education interests include secondary music education and the QCAA senior Arts syllabi.
Dr Candace Kruger
Teaching Context: Candace works as a Lecturer within the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University.
Music Education Interest: Candace is a Yugambeh Indigenous elder, musician and music educator, passionately devoted to the power of song as a vehicle for transmitting Indigenous knowledges and living culture.
30 September 2025
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ASME recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first musicians, storytellers and educators of this land. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, acknowledging their ongoing connection to land, sky and waterways