About Me


Dr Jody Heald AM Pianist and Pedagogue

PhD (Curtin),BMus(Tas) Grad DipMus(Tas)

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 1982, 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 has undertaken further studies with Beryl Sedivka and established herself as a successful teacher, solo performer, accompanist, and chamber player. Her previous frequent public performances included ABC broadcasts and University Series concerts. She was for a number of years 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 a number of professional musicians, working within Australia and abroad. She maintains a keen interest in piano pedagogical practice and has observed master teachers at work in leading music schools throughout Australia, and abroad.

Jody is a professional accompanist and has over many years provided coaching and co-artist support 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.

She regularly gives 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 is often invited to adjudicate competitions throughout the country, and is both a federal and state examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board. She is a specialist consultant to the Australian Music Examinations Board Federal Office on piano and pedagogy syllabus matters.

Jody is a former federal director on the Australian Music Examinations Board Ltd., former member of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, and former examiner for the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority. She has been the President of the Tasmanian Music Teachers’ Association Inc. for more than 25 years and Chairman of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Association since 2005. She is currently a member of the AMEB Tasmanian State Committee, a board member of Musica Viva Tasmania and a national council member of Music Australia.

In 2006  Jody was awarded Life Membership of the Tasmanian Music Teachers’ Association Inc. In 2017 she was awarded the Order of Australia with the citation “For significant service to music education in Tasmania as a teacher, mentor and administrator, and to professional associations.”

In 2019  Jody completed a PhD thesis entitled Pedagogical relationships: A master-apprentice model of music teaching.
The thesis is available on the Curtin University espace archive at this URL http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/77385