Mark has a reputation as of one of Australia’s most outstanding music educators. He fulfils a demanding schedule internationally as an examiner, composer, adjudicator, master teacher, workshop presenter and curriculum writer. His dedication and passion are the driving force behind Encore Music Education and Accent Publishing.
The Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia, has produced many outstanding graduates and Mark is privileged to be among them. His principal piano teacher was the renowned pedagogue and pianist Dr Max Olding AM. Other distinguished teachers included Pamela Page, David Bollard and Una Morgan, whose musical pedigree links directly to Clara Schumann. Mark’s instrumental studies also included voice and clarinet. In 1981, Mark was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in both Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. He also received the award for the Most Outstanding Graduate. Postgraduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma specialising in Piano Pedagogy, a Graduate Diploma in Further Education and Training and a Master of Music degree.
Mark founded and directed one of Australia’s largest and most successful music schools in 1983. He was on the staff of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for over 10 years where he passed on his considerable expertise in piano performance, music technology, keyboard harmony, aural training and musicianship studies. He also directed the QUT Keyboard/Piano Ensemble. Mark’s students have achieved great success nationally and internationally. A testament to his skills is that many of Mark’s students have developed successful careers in the music profession as producers, composers, choral conductors, accompanists and teachers.
Expertise across a wide range of music genres defines Mark as a musician. Concert engagements include having played under Werner Andreas Albert and as a soloist for Command Performances. As a composer, Mark’s works are often heard in piano competitions and are featured in several examination syllabi as well as grade book publications for the AMEB.
Mark’s teaching enthusiasm is shared with children from as young as three years through to students studying piano at the highest diploma levels. In 1997 Mark established Encore Music Education and Accent Publishing with Morna Robinson. Their most recent collaboration to produce Kinder Beat won an Australian Music Association award in 2010. It continues to set a new global benchmark for early childhood music education.