Dr Kathryn Hill

Dr Kathryn Hill

Dr Kathryn Hill is a professional teacher of piano, music theory and music history.

She studied jazz piano with Paul McNammara (1978-79) and classical piano with Elizabeth Green (1978-80) obtaining her A.Mus.A in 1980. She studied at the N.S.W. State Conservatorium of Music from 1981 obtaining her Bachelor of Music (Musicology) in 1985. She completed a Master of Arts (Honours) on 20th century music in 1989 at Sydney University supervised by Dr Graham Hardie and Richard Toop for which she received the University Medal. She then undertook a PhD into the use of popular music on television supervised by Dr. Peter Dunbar-Hall which she completed in 2009

From 1989 to 2004 she taught twentieth century music history, theory and music analysis at the Department of Academic Studies (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) and from 1995 to 2004 two electives ‘Radical Rock’ and ‘Romanticism and the Fantastic’. From 1990 to 1997 she offered Adult Education Courses for both Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education and the WEA such as ‘Paris 1900’, ‘Fin-de-siecle Vienna: Connections Music, Art and Literature’ and ‘London in the Swinging Sixties’. From 2001 to 2003 She taught various music history courses including the history of popular music at the Australian Institute of Music.

Since 1989 Kathryn has presented many conference papers and published various journal articles including ‘To f-f-f-ade away?’: The blues influence in Pete Townshend’s search for an authentic voice in ‘My Generation’ in the journal Popular Music History (2014)

Kathryn has continued her studies completing her Associate Diploma (Theory, Harmony and Counterpoint) in 2017 and Certificate of Performance (Piano) and Certificate of Performance (Piano for Leisure) (Hons) in 2019.

She has been teaching piano for some 40 years and continues to enjoy teaching all ages from pre-school to adults. She is currently also teaching online incorporating programmes such as Mobile Sheets, Classroom Maestro, Sibelius, MuseScore, Pro Tools, and Band in a Box to enliven the online experience and encourage student interaction and creativity.

Kathryn teaches the AMEB syllabus for Piano, Musicianship and Theory as well as the Piano for Leisure, Music Craft, Rock School Piano and Popular Music Theory.

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