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Federal Board Directors



The AMEB Ltd Board of Directors is made up six state representatives.  


Mike Tyler (Chair, QLD), Prof Anna Reid (NSW), Graeme Gilling (NSW), Prof Jennie Shaw (SA & NT), Dr Andrew Legg (TAS) and Prof Gary McPherson (VIC).







Mike Tyler, Chair, DipT(Music), Principal Education Officer, State Schools Performance, Department of Education and Training, Queensland.


Mike Tyler has extensive experience in music and arts education, music performance and arts business and is currently the Queensland Education Department’s Principal Education Officer responsible for the Arts.


From 1985 – 1998 Mike lectured part-time at the University of Queensland. In 2005 he was appointed by the Minister for Education as chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Queensland Advisory Committee and as a Federal Director of AMEB Ltd. He held the positions of Deputy Chair of the Board in 2006 and from 2010 to 2012 and Chair from 2007 to 2009 and 2013 – present. Mike is also an AMEB examiner.


In 2017, Mike was made the fourth ever patron of the internationally renowned Maryborough Music Conference and was awarded the International Award for his contribution to instrumental music education at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.


New South Wales


Anna Reid

Professor Anna Reid, BMus (perf), M.Ed.Admin (UNE), Ph.D. (UTS). Dean, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.


Anna Reid’s active career as a researcher in higher education theory and practice, and associated work as an academic developer began at UTS (1996-1999) and Macquarie University (2000-2009) where she gained expertise in tertiary policy and practice.


A tertiary educator her entire career, her first role was director of music for Wesley Institute (1988-1994), when she composed “With Heads Held High” for the opening of Parliament House in Canberra. Her interest in higher education leadership developed during that time, and she gained a Master of Educational Administration from the University of New England. For her PhD on music in higher education, she explored variations in the ways that instrumental and vocal students and teachers learn and teach.


She also has a large group of research students whose interests lie in music pedagogy, the social impact of music, creativity in theory and practice, and in performance as research. She still teaches a graduate research seminar. Professor Reid is also a cellist and viola da gamba player.


Western Australia


Graeme Gilling


Graeme Gilling, MusM(WA), BMus(Hons)(Cant), LRSM, Head of Keyboard Studies and Head of Performance Studies, School of Music, University of Western Australia.


Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Graeme studied the piano and composition at the University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Composition.

In 1983, he came to Western Australia to pursue postgraduate studies in collaborative piano with Professor Roger Smalley at the University of Western Australia. After completing his Masters Degree in 1985, Graeme free-lanced as a soloist, recitalist and teacher, with WA Opera, WA Arts Orchestra and WA Ballet, as well as with many distinguished international artists such as Gerald English, Raphael Wallfisch, Bonita Boyd, Michel Debost, Jane Rutter, Gordon Hunt, Sara MacLiver and Caitlin Hulcup.

Throughout his time in Perth, Graeme has maintained a keen interest in teaching and as part of this interest, became an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board in 1986. Graeme was appointed to the staff of the School of Music at the University of Western Australia in 1995 and became Head of Keyboard Studies there at the beginning of 1998, whilst continuing to perform, teach, examine and adjudicate regularly.


He was appointment as State Chair AMEB (WA) in 2008, as well as WA Director on the AMEB Federal Board, co-chairs the WA Piano Pedagogy Conference.


South Australia and Northern Territory


Jennie Shaw


Professor Jennie Shaw, Deputy Chair, BA(Hons), LLB(Hons) Syd, MA PhD Stony Brook. Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide.


Professor Jennie Shaw is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Adelaide where she oversees the Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, the Elder Conservatorium of Music and several university research centres.


Jennie has a BA Honours (First Class and Medal) and LLB (First Class) from the University of Sydney and an MA and PhD from Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching interests cross the arts and humanities broadly, with a particular focus on the Second Viennese School and on creative practice as research. Recent publications include Music’s Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies  (Routledge 2016).  


An active oboe and cor anglais performer, Jennie also currently sits on the advisory boards of the Helpmann Academy (SA) and the Australian Music Examinations Board (SA & NT), is a Trustee of AMF (Australia), and Deputy Chair of the federal AMEB board.




Andrew Legg


Dr Andrew Legg, PhD(Tas), BMus(Tas), TTC, Head, Conservatorium of Music, Associate Professor, Deputy Head, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.


Legg was born in Hobart in 1964, trained as a classical pianist, composer and educator but is best known for his work as a powerhouse gospel and soul pianist. He has an enviable and well-established international reputation as pianist, arranger and writer, performing with some of the most respected gospel choirs and artists in the USA. Legg’s long-standing relationship with multi Grammy award winning gospel artists Myron Butler and Khristian led to the formation of a songwriting and production team that has produced two award-winning albums. The trio also formed the team that has underpinned the incredibly successful gospel workshops in the internationally acclaimed Festival of Voices.


Legg has also written 15 specifically commissioned works for orchestra and film, including Let Freedom Ring for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and is a past ‘feature artist’ for the Gospel Music Workshop of America.


Associate Professor Legg is the former Director of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and is currently the Director of Music, Community and Industry Partnerships @ the Hedberg, for the University of Tasmania.




Professor Gary McPherson PhD (Sydney), MMusEd (Indiana), DipMusEd (Sydney), FTCL, LTCL, Ormond Chair and Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music


Gary McPherson is the Ormond Professor of Music and Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. He studied music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before completing a master of music education at Indiana University, a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney and a Licentiate and Fellowship in trumpet performance through Trinity College, London.  

Before moving to Melbourne in 2009, he held the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman endowed chair in music education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served as National President of the Australian Society for Music Education and President of the International Society for Music Education. His research interests are broad and his approach interdisciplinary. His most important research examines the acquisition and development of musical competence, and motivation to engage and participate in music from novice to expert levels.

With a particular interest in the acquisition of visual, aural and creative performance skills, he has attempted to understand more precisely how music students become sufficiently motivated and self-regulated to achieve at the highest level.  Gary has contributed well over 200 publications, including a number of books for Oxford University Press that include Musical Prodigies, The Child as Musician, Music in our Lives, and the Oxford Handbook of Music Education.