Graeme initiated performance workshops for composers at the Sydney Conservatorium in the early 80s. He is a seasoned workshop presenter in music skills, rhythm, reading, sound effects, foley and performance making. As Lecturer in Performance at La Trobe University in the 90s he evolved an approach based on the body as instrument, with a focus on rhythm as the central organising principle in musical performance. He has adapted many aspects of dramatic training to musical outcomes and specialises in catering to a wide skill range within the one group.
His unique methods are encapsulated in the book 'Performance Making - a manual for music workshops' (2003).
Please contact Graeme for workshop bookings
quotes from participants in a recent Rhythm and Reading Workshop series (used with kind permission):
Graeme is a fantastic teacher: highly skilled, clear, encouraging and a great communicator. His structures cater for a range of skill/confidence levels and allow you to decide how much challenge you take on. Inspiring sessions and great fun too THANKYOU! - Jane
Loved the whole vibe of the workshop and learned heaps! It nearly did my head in but it was refreshing to use a part of my brain that had been lying dormant for quite some time... - Karen
Just like slow release fertiliser I think this stuff will keep feeding me during those dry moments...thanks again - Nara
The material found a good balance between technique and fun. I’ve never had polyrhythmic reading explained and demonstrated so clearly and well. It could be a very dry subject but you made it entertaining and interesting. It opened up a whole lot of areas for me. Fantastic class - Michael
I really enjoyed your workshops. The atmosphere was very relaxed and supportive. I learned heaps and got an idea of where I stand in my rhythmic and reading abilities and where it can get me if I work at this. - Audrey
Excellent class. A unique opportunity to really consolidate the feeling of ‘inner pulse’ and ‘group pulse’. Well presented - the material was often challenging and the musical result was satisfying and often quite quirky. I felt I really improved over the month. The virtue of such a rhythm class is you feel inspired to go home and practise things by yourself. - Helen
A very enjoyable learning experience - I’ve gained much more clarity when reading, playing and feeling rhythm - Ziggy