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Education Outreach

10k Students Reached | 3.6k Teachers Assisted | 1.7k Hours of Professional Development

In 2019, Yamaha Music Australia’s Education Outreach initiative enters its fourth year with Dr. Rob McWilliams* as Education Outreach Clinician. In that time, he has visited hundreds of educational institutions and worked with thousands of music teachers (pre-service and in-service) and aspiring student and community musicians.

A highly respected conductor and musician, Dr. McWilliams has worked closely with secondary institutions, tertiary institutions and professional development providers like ABODA, ASME and government education departments. His work in the education community on behalf of Yamaha has significantly contributed to increasing quality and participation in music education around Australia.

In a brand new Education Outreach initiative for 2018, Dr. McWilliams led a project entitled Yamaha Winds. The objectives of this were manyfold: (1) Provide an opportunity for instrumental teachers who still play at a high level to rehearse and perform high quality repertoire in a group of like-minded musician/educators; (2) To incorporate extensive Professional Development aspects within the rehearsal framework and in special PD sessions to address repertoire selection, score preparation, rehearsal and conducting issues, etc., and (3) to give a limited number of participants an opportunity to work with the ensemble from rehearsal to performance and be mentored by Dr. McWilliams throughout this process.

“The quality of the ensemble, the repertoire, the focus on aural acuity, and the PD information. All of these things were of the highest quality, delivered by a high quality director.” — Participant feedback

“The PD material was incredibly useful, I got so much out of it. The music we played was amazing. This was an excellent opportunity. Definitely will do it again next year.” — Participant feedback

Yamaha are currently planning Yamaha Winds 2019, register your interest via email:

*Dr. McWilliams’ career includes 23 years working in the United States as a musician and educator, encompassing a broad range of styles from symphonic to jazz. His most recent appointment was Director of Bands & Instrumental Music Education and Head of Department at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. While in the USA, he completed Masters and Doctorate degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Conducting. His charter with Yamaha Music Australia is to be at the front line, in schools and the community, helping ensemble directors and students reach their full potential.

Dr. Rob McWilliams

Dr. Rob McWilliams

Education Outreach Clinician - Yamaha Music Australia

Education Outreach Possibilities & Topics

Dr. McWilliams is available to help teachers (in-service or pre-service) and ensemble directors (jazz, concert band or orchestra) at all levels of experience.

Presentation Forums

  • Recruitment, Retention, Advocacy
  • Repertoire Selection & Programming
  • Score Study & Rehearsal Preparation
  • Rehearsal Techniques
  • Conducting Gesture & Non-Verbal Communication
  • Aural skills, Intonation Training
  • Improvisation
  • Supporting Resources: Print, A/V, Online, etc
  • New Program Setup
  • Festival / Competition Prep

Ensemble Workshops & Guest Conducting

Teacher Observation, Feedback, and Follow-Up


Working with institutional administrations, program set up and review