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Kynan Robinson

b.1972 BA. (Swinburne University) B. Mus. (V.C.A.) Grad. Dip. Ed. (Melbourne University) Masters in Music (QUT)

I am a professional musician, composer educator and product manager. I am currently completing my PHD in Education for which I was awarded a full Scholarship of Excellence  In my role as educator I am curently employed as a Manager of the PD/ICT Department at New Era.IMG_5189

For the previous 9 years have been working at NFPS . I was  employed in the position as Leading Teacher working on the leadership team responsible for driving major curriculums and helping guide the school. I was also the head of ICT and head of Music in that time. Since 2011 I had the privilege of being appointed as a state councillor and Vice President for ICTEV,  the professional body set up to represent ICT curriculum in Victoria.

In my current role I have the privilege of working alongside many schools and at a systemic level to change facilitate cultural change in regards to IT use – pushing towards a culture of self directed learning and one where the power of the network is understood and embraced. My role also includes speaking roles including keynoting many conferences around Australia and internationally. Beyond that I am very much involved in strategic leadership within my company and software development of our educational software.

When it comes to student music I am a huge believer in encouraging composition, demystifying the role of the composer and getting all students to have the self belief and skills to do it. My whole curriculum revolves around that idea. When it comes to ICT in education I believe it is important to have it operating throughout the entire curriculum of the school so I see my role as being a facilitator of that, that involves providing infrastructure as well as ideas and inspiration. I am interested in the learning theories of complexity theory, networked learning theory, constructivism and social learning theory. ICT gives a great opportunity for students to express themselves and articulate their thoughts in a creative personal way. It also allows for people to tap into wide and diverse networks far broader than what the traditional education structures can offer. Creativity and encouraging creative thought processes in students is also what I am interested in.
I have also worked as a lecturer in composition, harmonic analysis, aural and Jazz history at Victoria University.

Finally I also work as a professional musician, band leader, producer and composer trombone at MOFOleading my own bands including Collider, Des Peres ( an electronic madness outfit), The Escalators ( a group I focused on while completing my masters that is inspired by the work of David Lynch), En Rusk (an improvising contemporary jazz group). I also play in CW Stoneking’s band as well as Skazz (a Ska/jazz outfit) Adam Simmons Toy Band, Big Fela (an afro beat band) the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Tania Bosak’s Barefoot Orchestra and a host of other fantastic Melbourne groups. See below for a more comprehensive list including grants and awards.


As Leader Contributions Towards
En Rusk  (Newmarket Music) 2001 Adam Simmons Toy Band – Happy Jacket
En Rusk – 1000 Wide (Newmarket Music) 2003 Melbourne Acid Techno (Dark Matter Records)
Old Des Peres – Preserved (Flict/Shock) 2003 Sample Synthesis 4 and 5 (Clan Analogue Records)
Des Peres – Ace Doubt (Flict/MGM) 2005 Matt Fagan
Des Peres – The Adventures of Cowboy and Miniman (House of Pow/Amphead) Malone – This is it (Cavalier Music)
The Escalators – Wrapped In Plastic (House of Pow/Jazzhead) 2010 The Mavis’s – Throwing Little Stones (FMR)
 Collider – Words Peter Knights 5 + 2 – Invisible Cities (Rufus)
 Collider – Solo In Red CW Stoneking – Jungle Blues (King Hokum)
Skazz – The Smoking Gun
Labjacd – Words Out
Jen Cloher – Hidden HandsTania Bosak’s Barefoot OrchestraMelbourne Ska Orchestra – Self Titled


  • Machine Translations (Spunk)

Film Scores

  • The Only Person in the World – Ben Chessell
  • 3 Weeks in Koh Samui – Alistair Reid
  • From The Top – Alistair Reid
  • Is God a DJ – Ben Chessell


  • Double Venturi – Collaborative composition with Garth Paine 2001
  • The Slow Burn – Collaborative composition with Erik Griswold 2004
  • En Route 2010 – Collaborative Project with One Step At A Time Like This – awarded best live art Melbourne Festival, best Theater Production Adelaide Fringe, Green Room Award for Adelaide Festival

Performance History

As Leader

As Sideman

Grants and Awards

  • ICTEV Educational Leader of the Year 2013.
  • Australia Council promotion and presentation (En Rusk Recording) 2004
  • Australia Council new works (concert length composition for prepared piano and ensemble) 2004
  • Arts Victoria Music For The Future (En Rusk Recording) 2004
  • Arts Victoria Music For The Future (Old Des Peres Recording) 2004
  • Arts Victoria Music For The Future Touring (Old Des Peres) 2004
  • D.C.I.T.A Touring Grant (Old Des Peres) 2004


  • Numerous national and international tours with CW Stoneking
  • National tour with The Escalators
  • National tours with Des Peres
  • National tours with En Rusk
  • International tour with Des Peres
  • International tours with Honky Trash including Glastonbury, St Donnettsand Edinburgh Festivals and throughout Asia with Skazz
  • National and International touring with Melbourne Ska Orchestra including Chile, New Zealand
  • South American Tour with MSO
  • Performance at many major festivals around Australia and internationally

Panels and Boards

  • Arts Victoria’s Presentation and Promotion panel in 2005/6
  • Peer Assessor for Australia Council For The Arts 2006
  • State Councillor ICTEV (Information Communication and Technology Education Victoria) 2011-2013 Vice President
  • Board Member – DLTV


  • Australian Educator – 2011 – Q and A with Kynan Robinson
  • Technology in Education – 2011 – Gaming in Education, Aiming to Transform not Merely Enhance
  • Inspire Magazine 2011
  • Australian Teacher Magazine – May 2012 – Blogging and ICT
  • Inspire Magazine – May 2012 – Gaming in Education
  • Education Technology Solutions – 2013 – The Modern Learner, How the Learning and Teaching is Changing
  • Technology in Education – 2014
  • DLTV Journal 2014 – Games, Project Based Learning and Minecraft
  • Education Technology Solutions – May  2014 – Is Technology Becoming an Impediment to Your Lessons

Conference Presentations

  • ICTEV Conference 2011 Gaming In Education at North Fitzroy Primary School
  • ICTEV Conference 2012
  • ICTEV Conference 2013 Minecraft and Complexity Theory – How to apply the game to an Inquiry Unit
  • VITTA Conference 2011/2012/2013
  • ISTE Study Tour 2012 – All School Blogging from a Network Learning Perspective
  • Edutech 2013 – Keynote The Modern Learner – how the learning and teaching is changing
  • ESA Annual Conference Adelaide 2013 Keynote The Modern Learner – how the learning and teaching is changing
  • ESA Annual Principals Conference Hobart 2013 Keynote The Modern Learner – how the learning and teaching is changing
  • Ballarat Diocese annual Conference 2013 Keynote – The Modern Learner – how the learning and teaching is changing
  • Chisolm Conference – The Modern Learner – how the learning and teaching is changing “It’s all in the network”

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