Meet the Keynote Speakers

John Foreman OAM

John Foreman is a producer, conductor, pianist, musical director and composer. 

John started tickling Bert Newton’s ivories on Good Morning Australia when he was 19. Twelve years and more than three thousand musical performances later, John joined Australian Idol as musical director in 2003. John produced many albums and singles for Idol artists, including Guy Sebastian’s Climb Every Mountain and Anthony Callea’s multi-platinum single, The Prayer, which became the highest and fastest selling Australian single. John has also produced recordings for Marcia Hines, Greta Bradman, Ricki-Lee and Silvie Paladino. His own album, No Jivin’ released in the early nineties, was nominated for both an APRA and ARIA-award. John produced Anthony Callea’s 2017 album, ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony, orchestrating for and conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Byrdie-Leigh Bartleet

Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Creative Arts Research Institute, Griffith University (Australia). She is a dynamic research leader, award-winning educator, respected community collaborator, and arts sector advocate. Over the past 20 years, her work has advanced our understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and educational benefits of music and the arts in First Nations’ Communities, prisons, war affected cities, educational and industry contexts. Her research is known for its innovation, interdisciplinarity, and commitment to cross-sector partnerships, and has connected music research and practice with areas as diverse as social inequality, regional development, criminology and corrections, health equity, and human rights.

Jimmy Rotheram

Jimmy Rotheram is the music leader at Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford, where his Kodály and Dalcroze influenced work has attracted the attention of visitors from as far afield as Canada and New Zealand, as well as media from across the globe.  In 2019 he was shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize. He sits on the advisory boards of the ABRSM, The Department for Education, Benedetti Foundation and Music Teacher magazine. He is the author of the Benedetti Foundation's "Teaching Primary Music" resources and his book of the same title, with Andrew Davidson, will be published in 2022.

Jessie Lloyd

Jessie Lloyd is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Songkeeper. Founder of the award-winning Missions Songs Project and recently released Ailan Songs Project, Jessie is a cultural practitioner of Indigenous music and is dedicated to the continuation of song traditions. Her mission is to produce, perform and progress Australian Indigenous music through innovative concepts, collaborative projects and cultural practice. As a musician and educator, she takes people on a profoundly-moving musical journey into the depths and diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and identity, working towards positive and progressive social opportunities, values and attitudes.

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