ASME Tasmania

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Welcome from the Chair


 A little bit about our Chair

Cynthia Howard

Tasmanian Chair of the Australian Society for Music Education – Tasmania Chapter

Music Educator – Illawarra, Waimea Heights Primary and Sandy Bay Infant Schools

Cynthia Howard is the current Chair of ASME – Tasmanian Chapter and is a music teacher in three schools in Southern Tasmania. Cynthia started teaching after working in the Disability, Youth Crisis and Homelessness sectors. Cynthia has always enjoyed music as part of her life being immersed in music at an early age. Cynthia taught music privately for 15 years before moving into classroom music. Social issues have been an important part of Cynthia’s teaching with Cynthia taking an interest in Global Education which she believes offers a platform for greater understanding and acceptance for a diverse global community along with the notion of global citizenship and responsibility. Cynthia enjoys going to unfamiliar places to be challenged in her own thinking and to gain an understanding of cultural issues. Cynthia has gained a Graduate Certificate in Global Education and is continuing her post graduate studies at the University of Tasmania where she continues to focus on understanding the impact of music on social development. Cynthia holds the view that music education is an essential element in a holistic education for all human beings and is a powerful tool in uniting people across the globe.


Greetings all and welcome to our website. We are slowly updating many of our articles and hope to have more information here so you can find out what is on so you can book your Professional Learning opportunities for the year.

TASME offers two professional development workshops a year. Firstly with our annual TASME conference which is held towards the end of March each year followed up by a one day workshop in October.

TASME committee is busy with our first and major professional development days with our annual state-wide conference to be held in Launceston on Friday and Saturday the 23rd and 24th of March at the Scotch Oakburn Junior School – 74 Elphin Rd, Newstead.

We have been fortunate to have been able to offer some scholarships by the Tasmanian Department of Education and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office. There are still some scholarships waiting to be taken up so please have a look at the attached flyer to take advantage of these scholarships. All you have to do is contact me, Cynthia Howard at and you will gain a scholarship. There are limited scholarships so be quick so you don’t miss out.

On Thursday the 26th of October we have Susie Davies-Splitter coming to Hobart (venue to be advised) to share some of her valuable resources. Susie has so many great ideas and resources for you in your classroom and she is always coming up with new ideas. This is a PD not to be missed.

TASME sends out eNewsletters at the beginning of each term to update you on new and relevant information. These can be found also on our webpage.

Below is some information about our keynote speakers who will be attending this year’s state-wide conference and we hope you are able to attend.

Peter Wardrobe and Rob McWilliams are both from Yamaha and are part of an educational outreach program for teachers, Antony Hubmayer is our current National President who offers expertise from Primary through to Secondary levels, Davina McClure specialises in developing a sequential curriculum that is both relevant and meaningful for students. Along with these interstate presenters we also have Nathan Austen who will introduce us to the Rhythm Recovery Drumming program developed by Simon Faulkner who was also the developer of the Drumbeat program with Holyoake and we have Jenny Chapman and Di O’Toole who will present the latest on the TSO resource program which is free online to all teachers. We will have curriculum leaders adding to discussion on how best we can meet the needs of our students following the Australian Curriculum with a question and answer forum which we encourage you to be part of, and of course there is our dinner on the Friday night which we encourage you all to attend as this is a great way to meet like-minded people and share in discussions that you can’t talk about all things musical.

So you can see this is a conference not to be missed and I have been to many music conferences around Australia and I am proud to say that Tasmania holds its own in providing quality Professional Development opportunities for educators, so don’t miss this conference and make yourself known. We all benefit by sharing as to do our students.


Cynthia Howard

At our Chapter Council meeting of 8 May 2015 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Music Art Society Nepal the purpose of which is to support this charity and their work with underprivileged students. Our Chair, Cynthia Howard, will be managing this relationship for us. Cynthia often visits Nepal with friends and colleagues running workshops and getting to know our partners in Nepal. Thanks, Cyn!


2018 State Conference Presenter notes

Peter Wardrobe

Peter Wardrobe

Being at the forefront of music education technology for most of his career, Peter started as a classroom teacher in 1999 at Niddrie Secondary College. After some time in the classroom, Peter was appointed to the Alfred Brash Sound House as the Education Program Delivery Co-ordinator. This is where Peter passion for education technology started. After 7 years at the Alfred Brash Sound House, Peter joined the Sibelius Australia team in the critical role of Education and Support Specialist. In this role, Peter spent time travelling around the country supporting teachers to implement technology into the classroom.

After working with the original team at Sibelius for 7 years, moved back into the classroom at Doveton College Victoria, a brand new school, where he established a successful music program. Peter believes creative technology is one area that can successfully engage students in and outside of the classroom. Peter has recently joined the Yamaha Education Outreach team as the Dorico Education Specialist and is excited to be able to once again support educators in the implementation of technology in the classroom.


Session descriptor

This session will look at ways Dorico, Steinberg’s new notation program, can assist you to create exciting resources, work on student arrangements and increase your productivity by doing all those mundane chores automatically for you. This session will look at a number of musical examples and conclude with a “How Do I” section so you can address those burning question.


Prof. Rob McWilliams


was born in Melbourne, Australia.  A USA resident from 1991 to 2014, he holds a Ph. D. in Music from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Melbourne.  From 1996 Dr. McWilliams served as Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (USA) where he directed symphonic and jazz ensembles and taught and coordinated courses in conducting, instrumental music education, and jazz.  From 2011 he also served as Head of Department.  Dr. McWilliams has conducted and presented at major music conferences in Japan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Europe, China, and all states of Australia.  He has been published in peer-reviewed journals and is a composer/arranger with Alfred’s Music.  In early 2015 he relocated to Brisbane, Australia and is currently working as an Education Outreach Clinician for Yamaha Music Australia and freelancing as a musician, educator, conductor, composer/arranger, and adjudicator.

Davina McClure


Obtained a B. Mus. Ed. from the University of Melbourne where she was awarded the Florence Bradford Scholarship.  She has since undertaken postgraduate studies in choral conducting at Monash University and a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne.  Davina has taught classroom Music from Kindergarten to Year 12.  She has held teaching and leadership positions at Notre Dame College, St. Michael’s Collegiate School, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, Caulfield Grammar School and The Hamilton and Alexandra College.  She is currently Deputy Principal at Kilvington Grammar School, Melbourne.  Davina has a special interest in children’s choirs and has conducted the Preparatory Choir of The Young Voices of Melbourne.  She has presented at both State and National music conferences in Kodaly and Orff and is the co-author of Take Note Music books and resources for the primary music classroom.



How does it shape your Music Program?

Davina McClure

As Music teachers, we decide the ultimate destination for our students, recognising that there needs to be a clear, sequential and developmental progression of discovery learning for the journey to be successful.  Each one of us has the exciting task of planning and delivering a music curriculum that will ultimately produce young musicians who are independent, literate, creative and musical.  The Australian Curriculum for The Arts is our blueprint.  With this we consider the knowledge, skills and understandings that will ultimately produce young musicians who are independent, literate and musical.  The learning takes place over a period of years.  The planning of this multi-dimensional learning needs to be designed with careful consideration of pedagogy, assessment, feedback, environment and resources.  This integrated approach equips both the students and the teacher to find inspiration in the learning experiences, with achievable and fulfilling outcomes along the way.



Dr. Antony Hubmayer – Current ASME National President
Antony Hubmayer1


Antony Hubmayer is an Australian music educator with over 25 years of classroom teaching experience. He has worked extensively with teachers and students integrating constructivist influenced approaches into secondary school music curriculums and has presented workshops and papers throughout Australia and internationally.  He is a senior music assessor for the South Australian Certificate of Education, Head of Performing Arts and Director of Music at Scotch College in Adelaide and the National President for the Australian Society For Music Education.



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