Michael completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland Australia, graduating with first class honours and a University Medal in 2011, having completed a dual specialisation in piano performance and musicology. In 2014 he then travelled to Hungary where he completed his MA in Kodály pedagogy through the Kodály institute in Kecskemét. He stayed there a further year to work as assistant to the director, Dr. László Norbert Nemes, teaching musicianship classes and conducting the institute choir, as well as completing further studies in conducting, piano, and voice. In 2018, he completed his PhD on the music of Prokofiev, with a dissertation titled “Prokofiev’s New Simplicity and Expressive Form.”
Michael has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium High School since 2017, swhere he teaches a variety of music subjects to students from grades 7-12, having previously taught music theory courses at the University of Queensland. He has been a lecturer at the Kodály Summer Music School Programs in Brisbane since 2016.
Michael’s passion for music education at all levels, and commitment to music for all, has led him to teach in a variety of musical settings. In 2016 and 2018, he made visits to Roma in Queensland Australia, where he worked with ten local school choirs aged preschool to grade six. Prior to that, in August and September 2016, he was involved in the Tyalgum Music Festival as coordinator and musical assistant for the community music composition/performance project, “Here We Are,” directed by Cathy Milliken. In 2016, Michael established the Emmanuel College Choir, a non-auditioned community ensemble in the University of Queensland. He is currently the musical director of the Sydney University Music Society Choir.BACK TO KODÁLY AT HOME