Dr Anita Collins to headline a stellar cast of presenters at this year’s SYDNEY MUSIC EDUCATORS CONFERENCE. Joining Dr Collins will be Dr Peter Boonshaft, Dr John Lynch, Steve Williams, Paul Vickers, John Morrison, Mandy Boonshaft and more. Read more about the Conference and Register below.
Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th July – THESE DATES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED. STAY TUNED.
Venue: TBA (CBD Sydney)
EARLYBIRD Rate closes: Friday 1 May

ASBOF, in association with ABODA NSW, are pleased to announce the lineup for this year’s Conference.

Presenters will include an exciting range of leading local and international music educators and SMEC 2020 will surely prove to be one of the ‘must do‘ PD opportunities of 2020.

We are yet to finalise our venue, but we can assure you it will be held at a central, Sydney CBD location.


  • Music Directors working with school instrumental programs and with community groups
  • Classroom teachers looking to integrate/assist with the school instrumental program
  • Schools looking to start an instrumental music program
  • Music tutors, and
  • Tertiary music students

Looking for some inspiration? Come and learn how it’s done from some of the best in the business!


EARLYBIRD RATE Closes Friday 1 May
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ASBOF reserves the right to confirm your membership status with ABODA and adjust your fee accordingly 

Dr Anita Collins heads a stellar cast of presenters which will include:

Dr Anita Collins

Anita is an award-winning educator, researcher, and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. Anita is best known for her role as on-screen expert and campaign lead for the Don’t Stop the Music documentary that aired on the ABC in late 2018. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. Increasingly Anita is being invited to provide expert opinion on education, creativity, strategic direction, and innovation and she is very excited to be working with the ASBOF for the first time. 

Dr Peter Loel Boonshaft

Called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter has been invited to speak all around the world. Author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise, as well as his first book for teachers of other disciplines, Teaching with Passion, Purpose and Promise, Peter is excited to be returning to this year’s Conference with some inspirational and practical advice for participants. Peter is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where he is Professor of Music.

Dr John Lynch

John is a leading international wind band conductor. He is the Director of Bands, Wind Symphony Conductor, and Artistic Director of the ensemble-in-residence: The Verbrugghen Ensemble at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music which he has led to international acclaim. John leads Australia’s first graduate degrees in wind conducting, is a passionate advocate for new music, having commissioned, recorded, and premiered works from Australia and around the globe, and is a strong supporter of the ASBOF and music education.

Paul Vickers

Paul Vickers is one of Sydney’s leading music educators and is currently the Director of Music and Director of College Improvement at The Scots College, Sydney. He is also Conductor of the Wind Symphony at the University of New South Wales where he has previously lectured in Music Education. Paul is an experienced writer, adjudicator, speaker, clinician and guest conductor across various genre, and is regularly sought after in these roles.

Stephen Williams

Steve has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductor and is currently Chief Conductor Instrumental for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the N.S.W Department of Education & Communities, where he is well known as the MD for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show. Steve also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to lecture, conduct clinics and adjudicate both in Australia and internationally.

Mandy Boonshaft 

Mandy is currently on the faculty of South Woods Middle School in Syosset, New York (USA), and has also taught at Commack Middle School and Hewlett High School. In addition, Mandy is the conductor of the Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts Honor Band, a select ensemble of year seven and eight instrumentalists from across Long Island. Mandy is extremely active regionally, nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and workshop presenter for universities, schools, festivals and conferences.

John Morrison

John is one of Australia’s most celebrated big band leaders whose band, Swing City, performed at the opening of the 2020 Sydney Olympics. John is passionate about music education, especially for young people, and has been a driving force behind the Sydney Music Education Conference. He is currently an Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Ambassador and Music Director for the AIM Studio Youth Orchestra.