Fraser Coast’s top teacher hits the high notes - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

USC News

Fraser Coast’s top teacher hits the high notes

12 Sep 2019

An inspirational high school music teacher whose former students include a Grammy-nominated artist is the USC Fraser Coast Educator of the Year.

Aldridge State High School music teacher Adam Hodgkinson received the award at the Fraser Coast Education Alliance Annual Awards for Excellence ceremony, presented by USC in Hervey Bay tonight.

A total of six key prizes were awarded to outstanding educators in the region by the Education Alliance to encourage teachers and lecturers at Fraser Coast schools, TAFEs and registered training organisations to develop innovative and engaging learning opportunities.

Aldridge State High School Principal Ross Higgins praised Mr Hodgkinson for using a range of strategies – including performance opportunities and new technologies – to inspire and motivate students about music.

“Since becoming key teacher in the school’s music program, he has contributed to a 25 percent increase in students joining the school’s wind and brass bands, and 20 percent more students choosing to study music as a core subject in their senior year,” he said.

“His support and guidance has contributed to the success of several students who have graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium or have completed Music degrees, and earn their livelihoods through music,” he said.

“This includes Patrick Kenny, now a national Triple J Unearthed success story with two recording albums, jazz pianist and composer Meg Burstow, and Dana Lowrey who co-wrote ‘Fearless’, a Grammy award-nominated song featured on ‘The Voice’ in America.”

Other initiatives include inviting alumni to hold workshop and share their experiences with students and leaders, staging events to expand school and community participation in music and incorporating new technologies into the music curriculum.

“Mr Hodgkinson has contemporised what was previously a ‘classic’ subject, increasing engagement and results at the same time, while incorporating 21st century learning skills into music,” Mr Higgins said.

The other Fraser Coast Education Alliance Award recipients were:
• Fraser Coast Educator of the Year runner-up Iain Hodge (Maryborough Special School)
• Innovation in Education – Natasha Steinhardt (Hervey Bay High School)
• Community Partnerships – Lisa Stewart (St James Lutheran College)
• Education Future and Technology- Peita Bates (Maryborough State High School)
• Educational Support – Julie Comerford and Anne Bellert (St James Lutheran College)

Related articles

USC Marine biologist Dr Bonnie Holmes
Shark researcher brings expertise to USC
1 Apr

A USC marine biologist researching shark ecology along Australia’s east coast plans to expand her focus to address a gap in knowledge of shark movements and behaviours in the Wide Bay region.

USC Fraser Coast student Olivia Hay
USC student’s research offers solution to festival drug use
23 Mar

Research by USC Fraser Coast Business student Olivia Hay on illicit drug use at music festivals has been showcased by one of Australia’s peak social marketing bodies.

USC Journalism student Liam Bland from interning at the ABC studios in Maroochydore
Info evening about Headstart program
12 Mar

Senior high school students in the Fraser Coast region wanting an early start to their local university journey can get face-to-face advice from USC Fraser Coast staff and students on Thursday 19 March.

Contact the USC media team

Name Position Email Phone
Terry Walsh Manager, Media and Messaging twalsh@usc.edu.au +61 7 5430 1160
Janelle Kirkland Media Relations Coordinator jkirklan@usc.edu.au +61 7 5459 4553
Clare McKay Media Relations Officer (Regional) cmckay@usc.edu.au +61 7 5456 5669

Search results for

Recent news