More of the best advice you were ever given: Wendy Brentnall-Wood
What is your official title?
Founder and Director of Wendy’s Music and Wendy’s Music Franchising Pty Ltd, ANZCA Examiner, 2015
What project will you be working on in three months from today?
I will be developing the online content and delivery of my unique Wendy’s Music Instrumental and Singing Teaching Method.
In one sentence, describe your role in that project
My role in this project is as Content writer, Lesson Planner and overall Syllabus Designer.
What skills are necessary for a person in your position?
A detailed knowledge of instrumental music teaching for multiple instruments (currently working on Piano, Guitar, Violin, Singing, Drums, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone)
What kind of training did you do to get to your position?
Firstly I completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Melbourne University, whilst I also trained as a classical Pianist under May Clifford to receive my A.Mus.A Performance Diploma. There was also many years of training on multiple instruments from a young age. I played Recorder, sang and started piano in primary school, studied Clarinet, Oboe and continued Recorder (Soprano, Treble, Tenor and Bass), continued to sing and took up Guitar and Percussion whilst in secondary School. Later as an adult I also studied Violin, Drums, Trumpet, Saxophone. There was no specific training on writing my own teaching method. It came from years of teaching beginners, observing their frustrations and trying different strategies to improve the learning process.
How do you try to keep a balance between your work and family commitments?
Life/work Balance has always been a struggle as I have been a business owner for over 30 years and the responsibilities and my own high expectations mean that I often work 7 days a week and usually average 60 hours a week. My saving grace is that I have an incredibly supportive husband who contributes as much if not more to the running of our household. He has always been a “hands on” Dad and encouraging spouse!
Why do you think live classical music concerts are important?
Live music in general is important and classical music has so much to give to every generation if only they had exposure from an early age. Live music gives our ears a chance to hear subtleties that can’t be heard from recorded music and the “human” factor of being close to a performing musician gives the added dimension of the visual whilst making the emotional impact of the actual music even stronger.