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Email – kynanrobinson@gmail.com

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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 business leader. I am currently completing my Ph.D. in Education for which I was awarded a full Scholarship of Excellence My current role sees me  employed as  Australia Pacific Manager of Software at New Era Education.

Alongside managing the software department of the business, my current role also allows me the privilege of working alongside many schools, universities, and departments to facilitate cultural change in regards to IT use. This change is one that embraces a culture of self-directed learning and an understanding of knowledge  framed within network theory, It is a change that embraces the internet as a key technological driver within education. This work sees me delivering workshops and keynoting conferences around Australia and internationally. IMG_5189

Previous roles have been included the position of Leading Teacher working on leadership teams and responsible for driving major new curriculums.  I have also been head of ICT and Head of Music and a senior lecturer, at VU lecturing in Music composition.

In the education space, my key points of expertise are  technology,  specifically digital pedagogies, including digital gaming, music education with the child as composer as a core fundamental, and creativity and how to best enable it within a traditional school setting. The theory I have based much of my work in is complexity theory , a theory that looks at emergent phenomenon  arising from complex adapting systems – such as schools. This work gives rise to ideas such as self-directed learning, self-organisation, student voice, and a new type of schooling that moves away from reductionism with its emphasis on the individual and instead becomes schooling that embraces the collective and connectivity.

As a business leader, my approach is  one that places a high value on  people. I seek to empower people by valuing their voice, ideas and opinions ,allowing them to contribute something of real worth to their work place.  Again, connectivity is crucial in order to build thriving growing businesses. This leads to greater levels creativity and progress.  I believe in continual evolution, driven by clear vision, inspiration, research, processes that are regularly iterated  and  building environment full of passion and fun.

Finally I also work as a professional musician, band leader, producer and composer trombone at MOFOleading my own bands including Collider ( a ensemble made up of Melbournes top Jazz musicians and Classical performers), Des Peres ( a techno outfit), The Escalators ( an ensemble that performs  compositions of mine that were inspired by the work of David Lynch), En Rusk (an improvising contemporary jazz group). I also perform in bands led by other Melbourne musicians including  CW Stoneking’s 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.

Discography:

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

Remixes

  • 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

Installations

  • 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

Tours

  • 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

Published

  • 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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