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

Liam is a passionate pianist, accompanist, instrumental teacher, classroom music and Italian teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance), Diploma in Languages (Italian) and a Master of Teaching (Secondary). Currently Liam is undertaking a PhD in Music Psychology. His proposal aims to investigate the links between language and music skill acquisition through designing and implementing a blended musical linguistic teaching method.

Council Member

Dr Brad Merrick

Dr Brad Merrick is a Senior Lecturer in Music and the Arts in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. He undertakes research across the areas of music education, online learning, music technology, motivation, engagement, and teacher practice. Brad completed his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of New South Wales, and he has contributed to the Oxford Handbook of Music Education and the Routledge Companion to Music, Technology and Education. He has published widely and sits on international and national editorial boards of various journals. A previous national President of ASME, Brad is also a past Chair of the (Music in Schools and Teacher Education) commission of ISME and is a passionate advocate for music education globally. He currently serves as a member of the ISME International Board and is the current President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME).

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