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Alyson's music career over the past 26 years has encompassed a mixture of instrumental teaching, live performance, recording, songwriting and music examining.

She has more than 19 years of expertise and knowledge of the Rockschool London Examination Syllabuses and is currently the Chief Examiner (and Examiner Trainer) for Rockschool London in Australia and New Zealand (offered through the Australian Music Examinations Board). Alyson has examined numerous candidates via live performance and video exams through a multitude of exam tours spanning Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


Formal Qualifications:

Master of Music (with Distinction) Field: Music Education (University of Queensland)

LRSL - Licentiate in Performance (Guitar) Rockschool London (RSL Awards)

A.T.C.L (Distinction) - Associate of Trinity College London in Vocal and Instrumental Teaching

A.Mus.A - Associate of Music Australia (Classical Guitar) (AMEB)

Dip.RSL (Distinction) - Diploma Rockschool London (Performance - Guitar)

Grade 8 Guitar (Distinction), Rockschool London

Grade 8 Drums, Rockschool London (AMEB)

Grade 8 Vocals, Rockschool London (AMEB)

Grade 8 Bass Guitar, Rockschool London

Grade 6 Theory of Music (AMEB)


Current Professional Positions:

Chief Music Examiner and Examiner Trainer for Australia and New Zealand for the Rockschool London syllabuses delivered through the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).

Member of the AMEB Advisory Board for Australia and New Zealand.

Co-Curricular Music Coordinator, Moreton Bay Boys' College and Moreton Bay (Girls') College, Brisbane, Australia

Principal Contemporary Music Teacher and Rock Band/Ensemble Director (Classical, Electric and Spanish Guitar, Bass, Drums and Ukulele), Moreton Bay Boys' College and Moreton Bay (Girls') College, Brisbane, Australia.


Professional Experience:

Alyson has established contemporary, rock and classical music programs in a number of educational institutions including:

Basel International School (Switzerland)

The Kooralbyn International School

Canterbury College

Clairvaux Mackillop College

Somerville House

St. Margaret's Anglican Girls' School

St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School

Moreton Bay College (MBC)

Moreton Bay Boys' College (MBBC)

Marymount College

Mary Mackillop College

Alyson has also held specialist instrumental tutoring positions at tertiary institutions including Griffith University through the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

In all of these positions she developed music courses and programs, generally of a contemporary nature. As such, Alyson's teaching strategies became a topic of interest and she has been an invited speaker at state, national and international music conferences as well as a writer for music education magazines.


Music Industry Expertise:

Alyson has performed in a number of professional bands and ensembles during her music career and has had recording, publishing and management contracts. She has recorded music in studios all over Australia and her music has been played on radio stations throughout Australia, including Triple J, 4 ZZZ, B105 and Triple M. Alyson has been featured in many magazines and newspapers such as The Rolling Stone Magazine, The Australian, The Courier Mail, Time Off, Rave and Scene.

Alyson has also played alongside musicians such as Pete Murray, Jenny Morris, Bachelor Girl, James Burton (Elvis Presley's guitarist), The Lemonheads and Eskimo Joe.

In addition, she has wide experience in music composition (song-writing and instrumental) as well as mixing, mastering and production.