Keynote Presenters

Victor Sangiorgio

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Since spending his childhood in Perth under the musical guidance of Stephen Dornan, Victor Sangiorgio has lived in Melbourne, Rome and London, before moving to Oxford where he now resides. 

As well as winning all of Australia’s most prestigious competitions whilst still a student at the VCA, Victor has performed repeatedly with all the major Australian orchestras, as well as orchestras such as the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Halle, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, and Santa Cecilia Orchestra. 

His concerts have taken him throughout Europe, Scandinavia, America, Japan, New Zealand, China and Africa, and he has broadcast for Radio and Television throughout the world. Recently, he was soloist with the BBC Concert orchestra in a sold-out Prom concert at the Albert Hall. 

His growing discography includes more than 10 world premieres and next season’s concerts include appearances as soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and recitals in Norway. 

He is on the piano faculty at the Royal Birmingham and Royal Scottish Conservatoires.


Effective Practising

"Practising is the most fundamental thing we do as musicians. Yet usually because of time constraints within lessons, it can be something left to the student to cope with the best they can. It can be time consuming, repetitive and at times, tedious. 

Victor explores how to best use practice time most effectively and constructively and will take a question and answer session to help try and resolve practise related issues from within the audience."

Recital: Friday 6th April - 7.15 pm Callaway Music Auditorium

Bach Partita No. 1 in B flat

Prelude/Allemande/ Courante/Sarabande/Menuet 1/Menuet 2/ Gigue

Clementi Sonata in B flat Op. 47 No.2

Allegro con brio/Andante quasi Allegretto/Rondo, Assai 


Schubert Impromptus D 899
1. Allegro molto moderato. 
2. Allegro 
3. Andante. 
4 Allegretto

Earl Wild Concert Etudes based on Gershwin Songs
Etude no. 3 "The Man I Love”
Etude No. 4 "Embraceable You”
Etude No. 7 "Fascinatin' Rhythm.

Victor will be giving masterclasses during the Conference. 

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Michael Nelson

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Mike Nelson helped establish Jazz Studies at WAAPA in the 1980's and has lectured at UWA, ANU as well as performed in concert in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. 

His quartet toured India for the 1988 International Jazz Yatra and in 1990 to conduct masterclasses and perform. He has toured extensively throughout Great Britain and Europe. 

Many of his compositions and arrangements (including his CD 'Celebration') have been recorded and broadcast by the ABC. He has worked with many international artists including Mark Murphy, Milt Jackson, Shirley Bassey, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Debbie Reynolds Red Rodney and Jerry Lewis. 

He has published the novel "MUSO" and is currently working on a Jazz Piano methodology book. In recent years he helped to further develop theory studies at WAAPA and continues to work as a composer/performer/arranger in Perth WA. He is now retired.


The Blues:  from its rural roots to the more sophisticated forms that permeate jazz 

Perth Jazz expert, Mike Nelson, gives an overview of this famous jazz form, exploring its many facets, as well as offering a practical study of the form for piano teachers. 

If you’ve ever wondered how to recreate the essential Blues sound and convey this to your students, simple explanations will be given, including the mysteries of left hand voicings, swing phrasing and blues scales, as used by all post-bop jazz pianists. 

You and your students will be grooving in no time at all!


Recital: Saturday 7th April - 7.45 pm Callaway Music Auditorium

"The Blues and Beyond - putting it into practice"

Michael Nelson and Phillip Waldron will play a selection of jazz blues and standards arranged for piano and bass.





Tim Topham

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Tim is a creator of enterprising, innovative ideas for music educators. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at and speaks at local and international conferences. Tim's passion is helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. 

Tim's Inner Circle is an online professional development community for piano teachers that supports and resources teachers looking to be more creative in their approach. 

Tim was consultant editor of the Australian Music Examination Board's Piano for Leisure Series 4 and his writing and training courses have also been featured in American Music TeacherThe Piano Teacher and the MTAC Journal. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.


  • 4 Chord Pop Composing - A Creative Music Lesson for Millennials 

  • With much of the focus of music lessons today being on reading, performance and examinations, students are missing out on some of the key skills required of a well-rounded musician: being able to create music, play by ear, read lead sheets and improvise. This session is all about how teachers can use the “four chord” basis of pop music as a highly motivational starting point for pop-style composition with students.

    Delegates will:

    Understand the need to prepare music students for more than just reading and performance if students are to continue playing music all their lives.
    Learn how to make connections between the theory of music and the practice of composing and playing pop music.
    Learn how easy it is to help students compose music at the piano using a simple framework that has immediate appeal and relevance.
    Be able to guide students to a deeper understanding of music that goes well beyond simply reading and playing notes.
    Help their students become more effective readers of music and more versatile in performance.

Introduction to AMEB Piano for Leisure Series 4

Participants will explore the creation of the new PFL 4 books with the syllabus consultant, Tim Topham, who will guide teachers through the background, aims and intention of the syllabus, an exploration of the new performance notes and demonstrate both the playing and teaching of the pieces live. 

Tim will also show teachers how they can get creative teaching the new music by exploring "off the page" activities to engage and motivate students and deepen their understanding of the works and music in general.




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