Meet our secretary and treasurer
Born in Himeji, Japan, I am a freelance flute teacher in Adelaide. I hold the Master of Music (Performance) Degree from The University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music, studying under the tutelage of Assoc. Professor Elizabeth Koch AM. Prior to that, I graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2001 with honours, where I studied with Jonathan Rimmer.
I have been a committee member of the Flute Society of South Australia Inc. since 2008, where I have undertaken the layout of its newsletter, and was appointed as the President in 2015-2016. I am a full member of the Music Teachers’ Association of South Australia, joining the council as Secretary in August 2015. I am also a member of the British Flute Society and the Japan Flutists Association.
Currently, I am teaching at 5 schools and at home, juggling work and family. I attend to MTASA Secretary work at every possible spare time, trying my best to help, organise meetings and events.
If I don’t answer the calls quickly, please try texting or emailing [email protected] as I am most likely in teaching or attending family matters.
Sam Penny is an instrumental music teacher with 20 years of experience in the profession. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, with majors in Music Education and Bassoon Performance and a Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching. While studying music, Sam also completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and enjoys using her business skills to benefit her fellow music teachers.
Sam teaches bassoon, flute, violin and viola privately and at schools including Brighton Secondary School, Westminster School, Sacred Heart College, Prescott College Southern and Woodcroft College. She is involved in String and Band Programs at her schools, and directs the Woodcroft College String Ensemble. In 2018 at PCS, she had the opportunity to begin a Community String Programme for middle school students, teachers and the general community to come together and learn string instruments in a group setting. Their first performance was highly successful and the group has swelled from 10 to 14 players of mixed instruments and abilities.
Sam is a regular performer in the Adelaide music scene, most recently playing viola with the Fusion Pops Orchestra and Choir. She held the position of Principal Bassoon under the baton of Daniel Ciurleo for a series of concerts entitled Songs My Father Taught Me. Her recent music theatre productions include Annie Get Your Gun (Tatachilla Lutheran College), Phantom of the Opera (MBM), Little Women (Therry), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Tatachilla Lutheran College) and Seussical (AYT). She has recently formed a new string quartet with her fellow colleagues and is already booking performances for this exciting new venture.
In 2017, Sam had an idea to use her artistic skills for the benefit of other music teachers. She launched Art Design by Sam at the 2017 Music Educators’ Expo, with much success. Sam produces music teaching resources, cards, prints and gifts all inspired by musical themes.
Music is a driving passion in Sam’s life which she shares with husband Alex, a classical singer, and their 2 children.
If you have any query re: subscription or payment, please contact Sam [email protected]