Collaboration and opportunities for learning drive my practice as a musician.
I love creating and learning alongside others, both in collaborative learning and community contexts and in my own artistic practice.
I possess a diverse range of professional experiences as a music facilitator and educator, collaborative performer and producer, researcher and arts manager.
Twenty years of experience as a professional musician and arts worker entailing a diverse portfolio career as an arts manager, music facilitator, researcher & educator and performer & producer in the UK and Australia
Leadership, management and development of multi-disciplinary arts projects as an arts manager and music facilitator, working alongside cross-sector professionals
Ability to develop and deliver a variety of bespoke music projects and experiences commissioned by the not-for-profit sector for groups of between 5 to 1000+ participants
Over ten years of experience working with people living with disabilities, mental health diagnosis and complex communication needs for repeat commissioners in healthcare, residential care and education settings
Published author and producer of industry titles with international, national and state-wide distribution
Music Facilitator and Educator
2007 - present
I possess a diverse range of experiences as a workshop leader and supporting musician, facilitating one-off creative music workshops, fixed-term creative residencies, ongoing residencies and professional development & training in formal and informal learning environments.
I focus on developing a nurturing, inclusive and creative learning environment and community; building upon the strengths and capacities of individuals within a group context in a fun and engaging way.
Australian clients include: Amana Living and West Australian Symphony Orchestra, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Human Emotion, AWESOME Arts, Catch Music, Catholic Homes, Connect Victoria Park, Child & Adolescent Health Service (PMH/PCH), Evolve Events, Menagerie Choir, People Who Care, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Sensorium Theatre, St John Ambulance, St John of God Midland Public & Private Hospital, The Song Room, West Australian Symphony Orchestra
UK clients included: City of London Sinfonia & Orchestras Live, English National Opera, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hackney Music Development Trust, Harrogate Grammar School, London Music Masters, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Awards for Young Musicians, Maida Vale Children’s Centre, Paddington Green Children’s Centre, Spitalfields Music, Wigmore Hall
I have also delivered training and professional development for NFP organisations and in universities, working with teachers-in-training and health-care professionals.
Australian clients include: Catholic Homes, Department of Education & Department of Culture and the Arts & the School of Education Murdoch University (Primary Education), Sensorium Theatre, Southern Cross Care, School of Education Murdoch University (Early Years), The University of Western Australia Junior Music School, The University of Western Australia School of Music (Education), WA Dementia Training Study Centre
In addition, I have worked as a peripatetic instrumental tutor for:
St Mark's Anglican Community School (current), Chisholm College, Perth College - oboe, Northside Music (now operating as Sound Centre School of Music) - voice, piano
Performer and Producer
2000 - present
I have experience in a variety of performance contexts, including classical performance, contemporary popular music and collaborative projects with artists of other disciplines, involving elements of performance, production arrangement and composition.
My principal instruments are oboe & cor anglais, with intermediate skills in keyboard, ukulele, percussion and voice. I am regularly engaged as an oboist with Perth Symphony Orchestra and ad hoc with other classical ensembles in Perth.
Between 2013 and 2016, I co-produced two audio resources for Better Beginnings with Josh Hogan including the composition, arrangement, recording, mixing and mastering of content and general project management. The ‘Sing with Me’ resource has since been distributed statewide to over 25,000 families, and there has been increased access to literature for children and families with vision impairments through the ‘Baby Ways’ tactile pack
2005 - present
I have been involved in managing music education and arts-based programmes and projects engaging with communities since 2005. I’ve had hands-on experience in all aspects of project management, including, but not limited to:
Project management: Managing logistical elements, Building relationships, Facilitating reflective practice sessions
Personnel management: Booking and contracting personnel
Finances: Creating and managing budgets, monitoring expenditure, expenditure reporting
Fundraising and reporting: Creating and maintaining relationships, evaluation and monitoring reports, drafting or supporting the drafting of fundraising applications
Partnership development: Developing and managing strategic and funding partnerships, and with commissioning and recipient organisations/individuals
Communications: Responding to press, pr and public enquiries (including copy-writing), presenting and networking at national and regional dissemination events, developing and managing launch and general training events, internal communications with all stakeholders and delivery teams
Practice development: Developing, managing and delivering reflective practice forums for practitioners
I have worked for:
Australia: Sensorium Theatre, Performing Lines WA, AWESOME Arts
UK: Wigmore Hall, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestras Live, Britten Sinfonia
I have been involved in an extended research project and co-authoring of a publication utilising a grounded theory approach, and a short term mapping project.
I have worked for:
The Netherlands: Lifelong Learning in Music & the Arts (LLMA) Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Prince Claus Conservatoire) - 2010-2014
UK: The Vortex Jazz Club (for The Lincoln Centre, NY), 2008
While The Music Lasts: publication
The aim of the research was to investigate the practice of music workshops created for elderly people living with dementia and their care staff. The focus of the study was to research the practice specifically from the musicians’ perspective in order to inform future musician development and the eventual transfer of the practice to the Netherlands. The research also involved building a clearer understanding of the dementia care context in which the musicians are working in this project in order to inform their wider needs for professional development.
The process involved researching the practice of a Music for Life project in Autumn 2010, using a grounded theory approach. This first phase included the production of observational field notes and the undertaking of narrative interviews, triangulated with reflective journals from personnel involved in the project.
How to order the publication:
While the Music Lasts - on Music and Dementia Rineke Smilde, Kate Page and Peter Alheit
Publisher: Eburon Academic Publishers, Delft
Purchase your copy via your local bookshop, amazon.com, bol.com or eburon.com. Also available as e-book.
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2007 - 2009
MMus in Leadership
University of Western Australia
2000 - 2003
BMus in Performance (oboe) (first class honours)
Wigmore Hall Trainee Animateur scheme, Wigmore Hall, London 2009/10 (supported by The Gordon Trust)
Churchlands Senior High School, Western Australia, 1995-1999, Certificate of Secondary Education
Curriculum Council of WA, 1999, Tertiary Entrance Rank of 99.8 (top 0.05% of Western Australian students)
Proficient in 365 Microsoft Office suite
Experience with OPAS, Tessitura and Artifax specialist databases
Experience with Sibelius 7, Logic Pro 9 music software
AHRC Professional Preparation Masters Scheme scholarship (2007-2009)
Jesse Wakefield Award scholarship (2007/08, 2008/09)
Edith Cowan Prize, Most Outstanding Music Graduate (Dec 2003)
Flame Opal Fellowship scholarship (Apr 2003)
Subject Exhibition and Certificate of Distinction (Ancient History), Curriculum Council of Western Australia, 1999
Page K and Hogan J (2015), ‘Baby Ways’. Perth, Better Beginnings
Page K and Hogan J (2015), ‘Sing with Me’. Perth, Better Beginnings & VisAbility
Alheit P, Page K & Smilde R (2014), ‘While the Music Lasts: On Music and Dementia’. ND, Eburon
Page K (2014), ‘Music Made for You’. Melbourne, The Song Room
Sep 2019: MAPA® training (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression), 1-day course
Aug 2019: AGOSCI National Conference 2019, 1-day attendance
Nov 2019: Rhythm2Recovery 2-day Standard Therapeutic Workshop training
Jan 2013: Perth Dalcroze Summer School 2013, 3-day introduction course