“I think I was very fortunate to have the best when I began my early childhood music training. Diana’s wealth of experience and classroom knowledge made the program that much easier to understand and translate into practical use.
Every class and every child is so different and having a mentor who could offer different strategies for these situations was so valuable. I think I still use some of these on stage now.”
Tina Harris from Lah Lah’s Big Live Band
I started playing the piano and pipe organ at 4 years of age. I always wanted to go to the Conservatorium of Music and pursue a career in music and realized that dream when I completed her BA(Mus) in 1989. I was then trained as a Yamaha teacher and began teaching young children from the age of 3 years.
I loved this age group and went on to study a Graduate Diploma (Childcare) at USQ. My love of music and young children eventually led me to Kindermusik which I began teaching in 1997. I am still a Kindermusik educator today (working with children 0 – 7 years), awarded with the prestigious Maestro in Masterful teaching award and many other awards over the past 20 years.
I wear many hats! As well as teaching each day in my studio, in 2003, I began working for Kindermusik International in North Carolina, training all the new Kindermusik educators in Australia and New Zealand.
I have a sister with special needs and a brother with a brain injury and have always found myself working with children with a variety of challenges. As a result, over the years I have become certified in a variety of sensory programs. In 2000, I became certified in sound therapy (The Listening Program) with Advanced Brain Technologies. and started working with children and adults.
For the past 20 years I have also been a well sort after national and international guest lecturer at Universities and other educational institutions, training early childhood professionals in the areas of brain development, auditory processing, music and movement, sensory integration and behaviour management
I have 2 married sons and one grand-daughter of my own and enjoy composing music and writing children’s books.
I live in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia and I love seeing the impact music can have on every child’s development.