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Music and education have been driving forces throughout my career, shaping my expertise in creating engaging learning experiences leveraging digital technology.

Based in Nelson, New Zealand, I provide strategic guidance and hands-on support to educational institutions and software companies globally. My current role involves the development and implementation of the national assessments (NCEA) for the final three years of secondary education in New Zealand. 

My extensive experience spans two decades of teaching in schools, mentoring educators to optimise curriculum implementation and enhance student outcomes. Additionally, I have consulted on various projects, including management and review of educational resources in digital technology for both public and private sector clients.

Drawing from my multifaceted background, I specialise in translating research insights into practical, data-driven strategies to create tailored learning solutions that address the unique challenges faced by organisations and their customers.

Musically, I have performed as part of groups in a wide variety of Music genres: Classical Piano, Jazz Combos, Live Laptop Electronica to Trumpet in a Cuban Son Band. More recent projects have been; Buskudara -  a genre bending street-band and PressRoll - a live electronica duo. Currently my main musical output is as DJ Tunesifter where I play vinyl or digital across the Funk/Soul/Jazz/Hip-Hop/Latin spectrum. 

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PHD (Chancellors Scholarship)

Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington

Masters in Education (Distinction)

Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington

Graduate Diploma of Theology

Laidlaw College, Auckland

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Music (Musicology)

Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington

Current Employment


Past Professional Positions

Executive Committee

Australia and New Zealand Association for Research in 

Music Education

Board Member (Deputy chair 2017)

Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA)

Music Technology Mentor


Past Employment

National Learning Area Lead Performing Arts

(Music, Drama, Dance) - Curriculum and Assessment

New Zealand Ministry of Education

K-12 Education Specialist

Melodics - Contractor

Education Review, K-12 Consultant and Resource creation

Ableton  - Contractor

Education Review, Consultant and Resource creation

Serato - Contractor

National Facilitator of Music

Te Kete Ipurangi - New Zealand Ministry of Education

Assessment Contractor

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Education Research and Consultancy

Emo Collective Ltd (Director)

Community Facilitator, Webinar technical support, Content Creator



Digital Kaiārahi for Music (Networks of Expertise)

Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Education

Teaching Fellow

Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington

Music Teacher (Head of Performing Arts, Teacher in charge of Music)

Waimea College, Richmond, NZ

Music and Humanities Teacher

Kerikeri High School, NZ

Education Consultant and TESOL Trainer

Managua, Leon,  NICARAGUA

Digital Sales

Rockshop, Wellington, NZ

Backcountry Ranger/Hut Warden

Department of Conservation, Tongariro, NZ

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