Dr Douglas Alan Simper

Piano Teacher teacher

Based in
Shepton Mallet, Somerset, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Litton, Midsomer Norton, Shepton Mallet
Dr Douglas Alan Simper | Piano Teacher teacher

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Dr Douglas A Simper PhD, MEduc, BMus(Hons), BA, DipT. is an Australian music educator, composer and concert pianist now living in the UK. He has developed a unique approach to piano teaching called 'Hands on Music'and the method is being launched in Australia and New Zealand in July 2009.

Ph.D. in Music Composition (1999)- Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales. Awarded a four year scholarship. The project resulted in a music theatre work called 'Venus in Eritrea'. The thesis (2 volumes) included research, journal, play text, fullscore and CD and involved research into peace studies, postmodernism, East African music, Eritrean history, music theatre styles and cross-cultural studies. The score uses a fusion/world music style.

Master of Education in Creative Arts (1995)- University of New South Wales. Studies included Educational Administration, Research Methods, Drama Methodology, Music Theatre, Pop, Rock and Jazz Studies. The main thesis was the development of an integrated piano method for beginners, 'Hands on Music', incorporating original compositions, music concept stories, theory, aural games, movement, singing, composition and music appreciation.

Australian Direct Marketing Association- Certificate in Direct Marketing (1989)

University of Adelaide - Course Work - Extra Bachelor of Music subjects in Composition/Analysis with Richard Meale, Dr. Bozidar Kos and Tristram Cary, and Ethnomusicology with Professor Catherine Ellis (1979-1980).

Bachelor of Arts(1970)- University of Adelaide; Awarded 4 year scholarship to University of Adelaide.

Bachelor of Music; Honours(1966)- University of Adelaide;in Music Education.

Adelaide Teachers College- Diploma of Teaching – Secondary (1965)


Dr Douglas A Simper



Peripatetic Music Teacher (self employed) – teacher of piano/keyboard;
St Benedict’s Catholic Primary (Midsomer Norton), Oakhill Primary, Croscombe Primary,Gillingham and Ansford Community Schools.

Visiting Music Teacher, Somerset Music Service; Visiting Piano Teacher and part of a Community Music in Schools Project with wife, Lorna Zhulan (2004 )

Director of Music, part time, Priory Place Methodist Church, Doncaster (2002 -2003)

New South Wales
Director of Music, part time, Gordon Uniting Church, Sydney (1999 - 2001). Coordinated all aspects of music including worship, choirs and concerts.

Casual Music Teacher(supply), Included state schools: Northmead, Crestwood and Baulkham High Schools and private schools: Kambala Church of England Grammar, Tara Anglican School for Girls and International Grammar (1990 -1998). Workshops with schools through composer commissions eg. MLC and Abbotsleigh Colleges.

Lecturer in Music (part-time) at the University of Western Sydney (1992). Responsible for all music education studies in the Primary Teaching BEduc degree.

Director of Music, North Parramatta Uniting Church (1991-1993). Coordinated all aspects of music, schools liaison, community business breakfast and events.

South Australia
Special Music Senior. Head of Music at Marion High School, Composer in Residence and Regional Music Advisor for Education Department southern region (1981-1987).

South Australian State Music Consultant, responsible for developing the music curriculum for all high schools (100) in South Australia (1975-1978). Member of various curriculum committees which created and implemented sequential music curriculum for years K-12. Examiner for Matriculation (PEB). Composed original music theatre productions for schools.

Lecturer in Music (part-time) at Adelaide College of Advanced Education, now incorporated into the University of Adelaide (1975-1976). Taught graduate level courses in music education.

Music Senior, Brighton BTHS (Mawson High School) (1971 -1974). Supervised and managed all aspects of music curriculum and gave advisory help to 3 other high schools; initiated combined school concerts; composed choral music for Choral Music Festival (combined choirs); musical director for theatrical productions. Head of Music Department, including staff support and appraisal, budgeting and curriculum development Responsible for music branch peripatetic instrumental teaching, choirs, band and orchestra; musical director for theatrical productions. Also taught music elective classes from year 8 to High School Certificate.


Music Director/Conductor/ Repetiteur Numerous university, community, primary and secondary school, and church choirs and music theatre productions, eg. Elizabeth Community Orchestra (1967 -1969), Creative Singing Group (1969 -1974), Marion Community Orchestra (1981 - 1985), Centenary Singers (1990 -1992), Highway Chorale (1999 - 2001) and Priory Place Methodist Church Choir (2002-).

Director of whole-school cross-curriculum projects: Leonardo da Vinci 1985 and Visions of the Future 1986, involving 100 teachers,1000 students, local business and industry (Marion High School, South Australia).

National and State Music Consultant, Multi Arts Project (1978-1980), an initiative of Curriculum Development Centre, Canberra. The project sought to develop innovative, cross-disciplinary curriculum incorporating drama, dance, music and visual arts.

Executive Officer for the South Australian Education Department K-12 Curriculum Committee (1977-1978).

Concert Pianist/Accompanist in association with my wife Lorna Zhulan, a lyric soprano. Regular professional performances in various locations around Australia (1980 - )and recently in England.

Composer of numerous works specialising in contemporary church music, music for children and music theatre. (Publishers include Rodan Publications, 4D Publications, Heinemann Publications, Joint Board of Christian Education Publications and Galliard UK Publications and Hands on Music Publications Ltd.

Memberships have included College Music Society (USA), National Association for Music Educators (UK), Australian Performing Rights Association, Australian Society for Music Education, Australian Association for Research in Music Education and the Institute for Music Teachers.

Arts Management Established Rodan Publications (1970 -1980), D’Lor Musique (1983-1992) and ACT II Management (1993 -2001) as vehicle for concert and event management, publishing and promotions.

Instrumental Teaching Taught piano at home and in studios, eg. Parramatta Uniting Church Philip Centre (1990–1992), A1 Music Studios, Sydney (1988-1989), Brighton Further Education Music School (1974-1977). Can also play/teach pipe organ, percussion/drums, recorder and guitar.

Yamaha Music Examiner in SA and NSW (1975– 2001).

SA and National Treasurer of the Australian Society for Music Education (1974 -1978). Worked with Professors Max Cooke, Frank Callaway, Roger Covell and others.

Dec 2008


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

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