"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." 

– Plato

About Dr Jody Heald AM

Educated in Sydney at the NSW Conservatorium of Music High School, Jody was a student of the then Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard, the internationally renowned pianist Gordon Watson AM.

Prior to moving to Tasmania in 1981, she lived on the Central Coast of NSW where she held a lectureship at Newcastle Conservatorium and maintained a large private practice in the Gosford area.

During her years in Tasmania Jody undertook further studies with Beryl Sedivka and established herself as a successful teacher, solo performer, accompanist, and chamber player. Her previous public performances have included ABC broadcasts and University Series concerts. For some time she was the pianist for the Hobart-based Piano Trio, Trio Notturno. During 1990, she was a participant in the Artist-in-Schools Project, working with a wide range of young musicians in a variety of performance situations.

Her successful private practice in Hobart has produced several professional musicians, now working within Australia and overseas. She maintains a keen interest in piano pedagogical practice and has for many years availed herself of the opportunity to observe master teachers at work in leading music schools throughout Australia, and abroad.

As a professional accompanist Jody over many years provided co-artist support and coaching to all types of instrumentalists and vocalists. She was employed in that capacity in the Music Department of Elizabeth College Hobart, for 35 years before her retirement in 2014. During that time Jody was also employed as a casual accompanist by the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.

She has given master classes and lecture-demonstrations both in Tasmania and elsewhere in Australia. Her work embraces performance practice in all instrumental areas and specific piano teaching repertoire and pedagogy.

Jody has adjudicated competitions throughout the country and is employed by the Australian Music Examinations Board as a Federal examiner in both practical and teaching syllabuses, and as Tasmanian senior examiner in practical and theoretical subjects. In addition, she has contributed to the AMEB as a specialist consultant in piano and pedagogy syllabus matters.


Order of Australia


“For significant service to music education in Tasmania as a teacher, mentor and administrator, and to professional associations.”

Life Membership


Life Membership of the Tasmanian Music Teachers’ Association Inc.

Board & Association Positions

Current Positions

  • Vice President - Tasmanian Music Teachers' Association (previously President for more than 25 years)
  • Chairman - Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Association since 2005.
  • Member of the AMEB Tasmanian State Committee.

Former Positions

  • Federal director on the Australian Music Examinations Board Ltd.
  • Member of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.
  • Examiner for the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority.
  • Board member of Musica Viva Tasmania.


Entitled Pedagogical relationships: A master-apprentice model in music teaching can be found here on the Curtin University archive Espace.