Ian Leonard - Head of Performing Arts

Ian Leonard - Head of Performing Arts

Program Coordinator

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About Ian Leonard - Head of Performing Arts

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education, Diploma Music Technology, Cert IV Training and Assessment

Ian has held several Head of Department positions for both Music and Performing Arts at leading independent and catholic schools and colleges in Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland. He is recognized for developing highly successful, vibrant and engaging multi-curricular programs, which effectively push the envelope of traditional education programs.

At Emmanuel College, Ian brings his wealth of experience and skill to the position of Head of Performing Arts.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Music from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania as well as tertiary qualifications in Music Technology and Vocational Education and Training.  Further to his experience as a teacher and educational leader, Ian has also toured nationally with a number of contemporary music groups and has been extensively involved in sound engineering in both studio and live music applications for local and internationally acclaimed artists.

Ian has successfully taken his love and enjoyment of music into the world of education. As well as being a highly experienced teacher, he has been an active member on a number of state education panels ensuring that educational programs in the Performing Arts are relevant and engaging for today’s students and for the expectations and requirements of current industry trends.  Ian has been a driving force behind music technology courses, achieving formal recognition and inclusion by several state curriculum authorities, including the highly recognised pre-tertiary Audio Design course with the Tasmanian TCE (Tasmanian Certificate of Education) and VCE/VET Music Technology program for the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education).

Ian has established and overseen music technology programs for several schools and colleges in Western Australia and Queensland as well, and continues to work at developing ways of effectively integrating technology into the broader academic music education programs, to enhance the learning journey. Ian has also engaged as a program writer for national Music Technology programs in the Vocational Education sector.

Ian is recognized for moving outside the box when developing production for musicals and has successfully incorporated emerging technologies into school and college productions for a number of years. Recently this has included the multi-media driven ‘BOND’ musical (of which Ian was a co-writer) presented as a black tie cabaret at Brisbane’s iconic Tivoli Theatre, and of course working with director Rob Foard to establish the full stage and set replacement LED screens seen in the Emmanuel College production of GREASE.