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Penny Temple-Watts


Penny has been a music teacher for over 35 years working with students of all ages. She gained her Bachelor of Education in Music at Burwood State College in 1980 where she was trained in teaching music to students from Kindergarten/Prep to Year 12. 

Penny worked in government secondary schools for over 30 years, where she was Director of Music, Head of Performing Arts and taught Classroom Music to students from Years 7-12, in particular VCE Music Performance and VET Music. At these schools, Penny conducted many concert bands and choral groups and organised many concerts and recitals. She also was Musical Director for many school musical productions. Penny assisted students to write their own songs and instrumental compositions in a variety of styles, including rock, and then organised annual recordings of their work in professional studios, along with collating student artwork and photographs to produce beautiful keepsake CDs. Her Concert Band and Rock Band students successfully took part in many music festivals.

Penny worked at Toorak College in Mt Eliza as a piano and oboe teacher from 2015-2018.

Penny has previously worked for VCAA as an assessor for VCE Music Performance exams. She has managed orchestras and bands for Eastern Metropolitan Regional Concerts. Penny has also organised VCE masterclasses for students with specialist vocal and instrumental assessors.

From 2008-2021, Penny taught piano and theory at Whitehorse Music School in Mont Albert. She also tutored the theory, aural and analysis components of VCE Music Performance students there. 

A regular attender of workshops and professional development activities, Penny likes to keep up to date with technological changes and current music pedagogy.

Penny has enjoyed teaching many piano students through the years. She caters for individual learning styles and abilities. Discovering how each student learns and tailoring programs to suit each student is something Penny is passionate about. She is a warm, caring and enthusiastic teacher, who enjoys working with young people and fostering a friendly learning environment. High standards and expectations that her students will practise regularly are an important component of Penny's teaching. Her students may choose to learn music for pleasure or take part in one of the exam programs such as the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board). Penny has full VIT registration.