Tasman and Nelson. Other areas I would consider where they fit in with my national performance touring schedule.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I write, produce and perform music for children. Often my music features instruments that I have invented, designed and built with a focus on re-using cast away materials and appliances. I visit about 150 schools and EC Centres each year sharing my work with a good dose of humour. I compose and produce music for animated television. I'm fluent in various DAWs (digital audio workstations) and have produced music for stage and also song writing commissions for schools. I run instrument-making workshops for schools and community groups.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
- Three-time winner of the APRA Children's Song of the Year
- Winner Tui Best Children's Music Artist
- International Songwriting competition finalist
- Bachelor of Arts - Major Music Massey University
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I have taught music to individuals and small groups for 14 years. Ages in these lessons range from 5-70 years but mostly 8-16 year-olds. I have run many instrument-making workshops for schools and community groups at multiple age groups. I have run instrument-making (and performance using the instruments) workshops for primary schools. I have facilitated songwriting workshops in primary schools and sessions for individual students.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I would like to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme because I have been enjoying working in this field. I see a lot of students who may find their performing arts skills are really useful and valued as part of a future work trajectory so being part of a programme that opens up students to more ideas and possibilities seems a good idea to me.