About Ellie

Grafton NSW High School
Wollongong Teachers’ College – Primary: two years full time
Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Secondary Music and English: four years full time (Dip.Mus.Ed. with Merit)
Piano Teacher Accreditation – Sydney Conservatorium of Music

In-service courses

Dorothy Heathcote Drama
Classroom Art and Creative Colour Techniques
Gifted and Talented Education
Orff Schulwerk Music
Kodaly music
Lindemood Literacy
Spalding Literacy
Speech, Poetry and Movement in Creative Performance

Choral Experiences

Member of various choirs from an early age; Sydney Opera House choir and orchestra performances conducted by Richard Gill; Sydney Philharmonia Choir; Performing Arts Association Choir, Coffs Harbour NSW.

Teaching summary

Khancoban Public School (Snowy Mountains NSW) class teacher

Manly Public School (Sydney) class teacher

St Mary’s College, Wollongong – Music Co-ordinator Yrs 7 to 10 and cathedral organist for school events; public concert organiser, organised coach travel and subscription ballet excursions to SOH over several years; piano accompanist for G and S performances

Ravenswood, Sydney Lower Primary music specialist, accompanist; musical play author and producer

Waterloo, Erskineville, Newtown – Three-year Disadvantaged Schools Program as a Years K – 6 Creative Arts Demonstration teacher, Art, Music and Drama. (twenty-two demonstration lessons per week; organised public art exhibitions, concerts and drama performances for the three schools)

Knox Grammar School – Yrs 1 – 4 Art teacher and later Year One class teacher; author and producer of end-of-year musical plays; accompanist for musicals and violin soloists

PLC Melbourne – Year 6 class teacher; commissioned to write a 90 minute multicultural musical play for Years Five and Six (which I wrote and composed)

Ascham, Sydney; Lower primary class music; integration of the creative and performance arts with literacy; (informal) consultant for high-level class Assembly items; wrote/composed/produced/directed end-of-year musicals.

Retired from class teaching

Moved from Sydney to Coffs Harbour NSW

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium – piano teacher Preliminary to Grade 8 – twelve years (part time)

President of 80-member Performing Arts Association choir and orchestra. Choir rehearsal accompanist and organ soloist. Designed and co-ordinated combined choir and orchestra concert programmes for public performances over six years (volunteer position).

Musicianship teacher – small group.

Choral Director and Accompanist – Coffs Harbour Conservatorium Singers; ‘Tone Deaf’ Choirs.

Moved to Toowoomba, Queensland in 2015.


Now concentrating on writing English literacy books, teaching piano and composing piano and choral music as a hobby.