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About me


Hi, my name is Peggy. I am an experienced music teacher, qualified librarian, music researcher and PhD graduate from the University of Melbourne. I am currently based in Burwood, Melbourne, where I give Suzuki piano and music theory lessons, provide freelance tutoring in music history and essay writing consultations.

I have over 15 years experience teaching piano and theory in my own private practice. During my graduate studies, I worked at the University of Melbourne as a research assistant. I also tutored the subject "Music in Australia" at the Faculty of Music and was a member of the editorial committee for the musicology research journal Context. More recently, I worked at the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library (University of Melbourne) where I organized the library's Concert and Theatre Programs Collection and helped to catalogue the Barry Tuckwell and White Clarinet Music collections.


My PhD thesis explored the performance and dissemination of chamber-music in Melbourne during the late nineteenth century and resulted in articles that were  published in Context and the Victorian Historical Journal. After graduating from my PhD in 2009, my focus turned to teaching and I have since ventured into the world of the Suzuki Method of Talent Education. I find teaching young children hugely rewarding and I look forward to expanding my private practice to the Warragul-Drouin region in the near future.

My qualifications include a PhD in musicology from the University of Melbourne, a Masters of Music degree and two undergraduate degrees in Arts (professional writing) and Music (BMus), LMusA (Dist.) and A MusA piano, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (information services).


Publications and theses

"Horace Poussard and Dead Heroes: A musical tribute to Burke and Wills", Context 23 (Autumn 2002) 23-32.

"The Melbourne Popular Concerts: Emulating an English Concert Model", Context 27-28 (Autumn-Spring 2004) 97-109.

"St James's Hall to Bust: The Success and Failure of the Melbourne Popular Concerts", Victorian Historical Journal 77.1 (May 2006) 46-65.

"The Changing Repertoire of Horace Poussard", BMus thesis, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music, 2002.

"The Rise and Fall of the Melbourne Popular Concerts: Chamber-Music Concerts in Pre-Federation Melbourne", MMus thesis, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music, 2005.

"Chamber-Music Concerts in Pre-Federation Melbourne, 1877-1901: A History of Performance and Dissemination", PhD thesis, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music, 2009.

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