Officers of the Academy

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Australia and New Zealand Representative:
Dr Michael Barkl

BMus(NSW Cons) MMus(UNE) PhD(Deakin) DipEd(Syd) FTCL FASC


michael barkl Michael was educated at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, and proceeded with postgraduate studies at the University of New England, Sydney Institute of Education, and Deakin University. He holds a bachelor of music degree (composition and double bass), a master of music with honours (composition and musicology), a graduate diploma in education (secondary music teaching), and is a doctor of philosophy (musicology). He also has technical qualifications in recording engineering, business studies, and management communication.

As a performer Michael played the Sydney rock venues in the late 1970s before becoming a freelance bass player in the early 1980s. In the l990s he widened his interests, performing Sri Lankan music on sitar for various Sri Lankan national celebrations in Australia, including the 50th anniversary independence day celebrations in Canberra, and playing recorder and rebec with "The Waits", an early music group.

As a composer Michael has written cabaret music, a full-length family musical commissioned by the Australian Bicentenary Council, and extensive concert music. His orchestral music has been performed by the state orchestras under Stuart Challender and Patrick Thomas. His solo piano works have been performed by Michael Kieran Harvey and Sally Mays. Michael is a fully represented composer at the Australian Music Centre.

As a musicologist Michael has published analyses in Australian journals, and contributed a number of articles to the Oxford Companion to Australian Music and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

As an educator Michael was a pioneer of contemporary music education in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and has been head of the music department at TAFE NSW, Illawarra Institute, since 1987. He was a core member of the curriculum team that developed the suite of VET courses in contemporary music and vocational classical music for TAFE NSW, and is the Contemporary Popular Music (CPM) Adviser to the AMEB (NSW).