Since 1996, she has held the positions of President and Vice President almost continuously and has always been active on sub-committees in organising their Winter Schools, annual Choral Festival and Professional Development courses.
In recent years, Jill has been the driving force in the organisation of professional development for local music teachers in the Mackay district.
Jill is a music teacher dedicated to excellence in music teaching and to the very philosophies of Kodaly, which were to provide musical experiences for all, nurturing a love and passion for music and music-making.
Jill is a living example of this in her every day teaching and has built a program of music excellence at her school, Fitzgerald State School, where she has been fortunate to spend the majority of her career as the music specialist.
Jill has been a driving force in the Mackay Chapter of KMEIA, and is one of the reasons why this regional chapter is still operating so successfully. Her dedication to attending meetings, sub-committee meetings, and working behind the scenes in organising workshops, festivals and conferences, has been instrumental in the life of this Chapter.
Jill is also committed to encouraging, developing and mentoring our young and inexperienced music specialists in our region, through providing mentoring opportunities, regular music network meetings, and valuable professional development courses that expose these teachers to the values of the Kodaly approach to music teaching.
Jill was awarded her Australian Kodaly Certificate in 2008 and was a member of the KMEIA National Council Committee in 2011. She was a finalist in the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching in 2017.
Honorary Life Members
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