Chapter Council


Sue is a Lecturer in Teacher Education at The University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education where she teaches music education in the Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Master of Teaching courses. Having originally trained as a secondary classroom music, instrumental and ensemble teacher, Sue has since worked in a variety of settings from early years to tertiary in both regional and metropolitan Victoria.

Deputy Chair

Matt Roche

Matt is a secondary music teacher at University High School who is passionate about teaching students improvisation and composition. He has a keen interest in decolonising the Australian music curriculum and is a jazz guitarist and composer.


Heather Morcom

Heather teaches music to early childhood and secondary students at Soundgarage and Hallam Senior Secondary College.


Michael Travers

Michael is a Primary school teacher with an interest in developing strategies and processes which assist students to compose.

VJME Editor

Dr. David Forrest

David is a Professor of Music Education in the School of Art at RMIT University. He is a member of the National Executive of ASME and editor of the Australian Journal of Music Education and the Victorian Journal of Music Education. His ongoing research is in education policy, doctoral research, and the music of D. B. Kabalevsky. VJME.

Council Member

Dr Kathleen Plastow

Council Member

Dr Leon de Bruin

Leon is an educator, performer, and researcher in music education, creativity, cognition, collaborative learning, creative pedagogies, and improvisation. His work at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne spans pre-service teacher training in music education, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. He has published over 50 articles, chapters, and edited books.

Council Member

Dr Pip Robinson

Council Member

Dr Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is a senior lecturer and head of music at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She teaches music education to early childhood, primary and secondary pre-service teachers. Her research focusses on engaging classroom music teaching.

Council Member

Dr Jemima Bunn

As Director of Music at government secondary schools, Jemima has been active in music education for over many years in the classroom, instrumental and ensemble teaching, going on to continue her work as a casual academic in music education at Deakin University.  Currently working with Brolga Music Publishing Company, Jemima promotes the work of Australian composers writing for Concert and Brass Bands, String and Full Orchestras, Jazz, and Flexible Ensembles.

Council Member

Felicity O’Halloran

Council Member

Liam Whitbourn

Council Member

Dr Brad Merrick

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ASME Vic – 2024 Planning Day!

The ASME Victoria Chapter Council met on Sunday 4th February to plan for an exciting and busy 2024! We cannot

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ASME Vic Bulletin February 2024


UNESCO ASME Address 2023: Beginning to Decolonise the Music Classroom Slides


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Student Composer Project – Victorian Institute of Teaching


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International Directory of Music and Music Education Institutions


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Chapter Activities


ASME Vic – “The 2023 ASME Afternoon”

"An ASME Afternoon 2023" was held on Sunday September 17 at the Kent Hotel, Carlton North in Melbourne, Victoria. It is an annual social event that celebrates the significant achievements of established and new music educators from Victoria.
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ASME Vic – Annual Prize

The Australian Society for Music Education (Victorian Chapter) will offer an annual prize for the best student completing Music Education Method
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