“Her (Genevieve) effervescent presentation captured the audience and won the children into the musical net.”

“When you have to drag the kids away kicking and screaming you know it was good!”

“Genevieve really brought the music to life for the students.”

Genevieve Wilkins has been working as a classroom and instrumental music teacher at tertiary, secondary and primary levels since graduating with her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Western Australia (UWA). She is currently an academic and percussion lecturer at the esteemed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Before this, Genevieve was a professor at the Royal College of Music, where she lectured in percussion, musicianship and ensemble leadership masterclasses, as well as outreach mentorship. In addition, Genevieve taught undergraduate percussion performance at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a Musical Awareness teacher for Junior Guildhall of Music.

She has performed and given workshops at various government and independent schools throughout Australia, United Kingdom and Asia; written extensive teacher resource kits to compliment Musica Viva Australia’s In Schools Program; presented lectures at UWA, Royal College of Music and the 2000 Elevancos International Orff Conference. Genevieve has also written, presented workshops and performed/directed children’s theatre pieces with groups including Create, Creative Futures, New London Orchestra, Helen Bamber Foundation, Monster Productions, Midnite Youth Theatre company, Children’s Music Workshop, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tetrafide Percussion and Nova Ensemble.

Genevieve presents many styles of workshops, ranging from day to year-long projects with schools and community groups. Projects have included bodyBEAT: a body percussion based workshop which then transfers student devised rhythms onto junk percussion; literacy based song-writing projects; musical theatre style writing projects (focusing on singing and percussion) and percussion workshops.

Genevieve’s approach is fun, educational and energetic, fostering creativity and enthusiasm for music in participants of all ages. She encourages participants to experiment with sound and rhythm to create their own unique musical performance and is designed to have a high level of involvement and be accessible to all participants, regardless of musical experience or ability.

“The Time Has Come”
Project facilitated by Genevieve with year six students with no previous musical experience during six month residency at Brook Community Primary School, Hackney, 2008

© Genevieve Wilkins 2014