Bmus (Performance) (Honours First Class), LmusA (Distinction)
I am a Sydney-based pianist and piano/music teacher. In 2014, I received my Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with Piano as my principal study. In 2011, I received my AMEB LmusA in Piano with Distinction. I am presently undertaking a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Excelsia College, training to be a Secondary Music teacher. I have worked as a piano/music teacher, in both individual and group settings, since 2013. I have a breadth of performing and composition experience as a pianist, ranging through styles such as classical, jazz, pop, and folk.
In 2009, God saved me through Jesus Christ. Since then, I have tried to study God’s word, and to understand how it applies to every area of life. One major aspect of this has been to understand how to view music, and the arts more broadly, in a way that accords with Scripture. In 2017, my desire to do this in a more focused way drove me to begin a PhD (Arts and Social Sciences)(Religious Studies) at Sydney University, which, as God willed, I dropped before it was completed, half way through 2018. I nonetheless continued with the research and writing, but on a more Biblical path. The totality of all the work I have done in this research since 2009 has brought me to study closely the works of (among professedly Christian authors) Jonathan Edwards, Cornelius Van Til, Gordon Clark, John Frame, Vern Poythress, Millard Erickson and Thomas Aquinas, and numerous others. It has also brought me to study closely the works of a broad array of philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, Rene Descartes, Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, Edmund Burke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schiller, G.W.F. Hegel, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
This blog, while it occasionally features videos of my piano playing and such like, is mainly concerned with the publishing of my process notes on the above mentioned research. It is to be emphasised that these are process notes. I could wish that these notes were far more intelligible than they are. It is my desire that, once I have surveyed all the areas which I will cover in this process, I will be able to put all of these thoughts into a much better form, to be published as a book, or several books. But, believing that I had come to possess a central core of ideas which I believed were very needful to the public at large, and especially to God’s people, I eventually started putting these thoughts into a form that I thought was reasonably intelligible enough to be presented to the public. I thought it was better, for the present, to publish these notes in their present form, than that they should never appear at all, not knowing how much longer the Lord intends me to live on the earth. I hope that, as a result of my publishing these notes (and anything else the Lord allows me to publish), the controversy that tends to surround the arts among Christians will be carried on more peacefully than it generally tends to be, and that more mutual agreement might be reached. I also hope that these thoughts will help other artists to be increasingly more grounded in God’s word with clear light regarding at least some part of what it means to be a child of God who carries on some kind of artistic work.
In due time, I also intend this blog to deal with broader cultural, social and political issues, as well as issues in educational scholarship.
Most of my blog entries on this website are linked to a video in which the blog entry itself is read aloud to a camera by me, usually with minor adjustments and embellishments. My Youtube channel can be found at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWOVV–frGo4Kb_q3SIZ9pQ