Career Choice and Musical Impact – How do you decide?

Nicole Ng is in her final year at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music of her Bachelor degree with a view to doing Masters as post grad studies. She has been through some uncertainty deciding on which career path will suit her best and fulfill her musical goals.

Piano has always her main instrument but has also played some guitar and drums.

She started learning Piano as many of us do at around 8 years of age. Learning at school in shared and group classes of Piano & Keyboard but later moving to individual lessons after school. Nicole was fortunate enough to be surrounded by family who also make music which made it an encouraging and inspiring environment to continue.

AMEB Exams

AMEB Exams were a bit of a challenge for Nicole. She was a little reluctant to do them at first as she was having a lot of fun and she found that they meant a lot more work and focus on exam repertoire with a stressful exam performance day to complete it! Perhaps it seemed harder to do exams starting in high school at an intermediate level rather than in the lower levels at a younger age. Nicole  confirms though that there was great value in achieving her AMEB exams. It has been invaluable in preparation for her tertiary studies.

Having had work experience in a primary school, teaching swimming and Piano, Nicole feels drawn to teaching. She has also experienced the fulfilment and joy of sharing music in performance, as part of an ensemble AND as music therapy in hospitals.

Typical of many university students, Nicole found herself unsure of what direction she should take. As she nears the end of her Bachelor degree she questioned if she studied Music Therapy? or Teaching? if so which sort of Teaching? Instrumental? Classroom?

In this interview Nicole discusses her strategies for working through this dilemma, one that can apply to anyone at any time in their career.

Nicole’s offers two important questions as her top advice is to help anyone trying to decide on their career journey.

Watch the video to find out the questions!


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Wendy Brentnall-Wood

Wendy Brentnall-Wood

I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring people to begin to experience the heart filling joy of making music in a simple, easy and systematic way, enabling them to enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.


Rhys Lett

Rhys is the director/owner of the Eastern Suburbs School of Music in Boronia and Carrum Downs, suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. He is also a guitar tutor and a music educator for 26 years. Rhys taught in a lot of different spaces, in private music schools, state primary school and as well with refugee

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Mat Creedon

Mat Creedon is a multi-Instrumental Teacher @ Mat Creedon School of Music. He has been teaching music for 30 years now. He also has a private studio in Balwyn North (Melbourne, Eastern Suburbs) and teaches total beginners, as well as intermediate & advanced students. Mat teach most instruments as well as some sound healing and meditation practices.

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