Born and bred in Australia, Michael has held a range of positions in school music education since 1985. During this time Michael and his school ensembles achieved many awards in Australia, including the Australasian Open Choral Championship in 2004, a first for an Australian secondary school. Personally, Michael was awarded the Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize in 2006, is listed in the Who’s Who SA Edition (2007, 2008) and was nominated for a National Teaching Excellence award in 2005.
Michael moved to Dubai in 2006 to take up a position of Head of Arts at a Dubai British-education school. Prompted by speaking invitations, he set up business as an itinerant consultant in 2009. Now as an international conference presenter based in Hampshire, UK, clinician and speaker Michael keeps a busy schedule, working in more than 20 countries since then.
Michael’s seminars are not just about music learning. Rather, his interest in the general nature of achievement, motivation, neuroscience and pedagogy sees him speaking to a variety of audiences. In addition, Michael is regularly engaged as a study skills motivator with large groups of senior students.