Passionate and versatile music educator.
B. Mus, DipABRSM (Trombone), B. Ed.
“To learn is a delight. To teach is a privilege!” – Justin Hockey
“To teach is to learn twice” – Joseph Joubert
I have over ten years of teaching in areas including: music, middle school humanities, middle school generalist, middle leadership, and dormitory support.
Internationally, I have four years of experience at one of India’s top international schools. In Australia, I have five years of experience at independent, Christian and Catholic schools across Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Teaching – a joy and a delight.
I count it a joy to teach, for it allows me to indulge my passion for learning. Each day I re-experience the truth that “To teach is to learn twice.” My passion for learning is driven by curiosity. In the words of Einstein, “I am passionately curious.”
Cultivating passion and kindling curiosity are at the core of a teacher’s calling. These ingredients are essential to the process of discovery, which encompasses inquiry, problem solving, and collaboration. Mastering core skills and concepts enables students to develop competence and confidence.
As a music educator I have been shaped by the Dalcroze philosophy and Kodaly approach, though I am open to others such as the Orff method. I incorporate aspects of all three into my planning. I believe a musician is first of all developed in the heart and mind of a person, not merely through operation of an instrument – as important and technically challenging this may be.
My passion for learning means I cannot limit myself to music. I delight in enabling others to learn, no matter the subject area. I relish making connections between divergent and diverse threads of thought. Professionally, I have been involved in middle school humanities, math, and science, as well as community service projects and weekend dormitory activities.
Justin obtained a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in piano pedagogy at the University of Southern Queensland. His teacher there was Wendy Lorenz. Whilst there Justin also played trombone in the USQ Big Band and Toowoomba Concert Orchestra. He completed Grade 8 AMEB Piano with Honours, and holds a Diploma in Trombone performance from the ABRSM (DipABRSM). More recently Justin has played with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and toured with The Australian Voices.
Justin’s first professional experience saw him teach classroom and instrumental music for four years at a British International school in India. Returning to Australia in August 2010, he worked at various private schools in the Brisbane region.
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