Sue Arney is Lecturer in Teacher Education at The University of Melbourne where she teaches music education into the Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Master of Teaching courses. Having originally trained as a secondary classroom music, instrumental and ensemble teacher, Sue has since worked in a variety of settings from early years to tertiary in both regional and metropolitan Victoria.
Sue’s passion lies in establishing and building music programs that encourage participation by all students across the school, either formally or informally, and developing the music program as a vital and entrenched part of the school and greater community. As a result, she worked as part of a team to establish the South Gippsland Schools Music Programme, a collaboration between five schools in the region. Since then, Sue has developed a particular love of teaching classroom music and working with wind bands that involve actively captivating young people in music-making.
Sue is regularly engaged to run workshops in schools, music programs and conferences that encourage strategic planning, team building, establishing and strengthening music programs and developing innovative curriculum. She regularly appears as guest conductor and clinician at state and national music camps, regional workshops, music festivals, schools and various youth music organisations.
Sue has held management positions with various state and national youth music organisations, including Melbourne Youth Orchestras, State Music Camp Victoria, and the Australian National Wind Orchestra. Her arts management experience also includes five years as Arts Coordinator in the local government sector.
Sue holds Bachelor of Music Education (Secondary Music) and Master of Education (Arts Admin/Educational Leadership) degrees and recently completed a Doctor of Education focussing on Professional Learning in Music Education.