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Micaela Nathan (Piano/Clarinet/Saxophone)

In our Tutor Spotlight series, we learn a little more about the team behind the music!

Micaela is a professional orchestral and concert performer, music educator, examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), composer, and registered Music Therapist. After attending the Sydney Conservatorium high school, she gained her Bmus with high distinction, and her Masters (music therapy) and PhD at Melbourne and Sydney Universities respectively.

Her innovative research addressed the sociological foundations of Performance Dysfunction in music students and career musicians. Micaela has worked regularly with the major Australian symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras, and held principal positions with many music theatre productions in Australia and overseas. Her career includes a full-time position with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Micaela’s involvement in music education spans 40 years within the school and tertiary systems, including lecturer in woodwinds and piano at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, the University of NSW, and UTS Sydney. As an AMEB examiner, she has expert knowledge of the woodwind and piano syllabus, and progression through AMEB examinations, undergraduate, and postgraduate university requirements to professional level.

Micaela has produced five CDs of original compositions, presented papers at Australian Music Therapist Association conferences, and published for the International Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery. Micaela enjoys teaching all age groups – primary and secondary school students through to retirees, and has a specialist interest and qualifications in teaching students with special needs, including Autism, ADHD, and Dyslexia.