Celebrating teachers: from humble beginnings to the world stage

World Teacher’s Day is celebrated in over 100 countries in October each year. It’s a day to celebrate teachers who help students develop understanding and new skills in a whole range of subjects… music included.

Ben Crawford is one of those teachers. He’s been educating some of Australia’s up and coming music industry professionals at TAFE for the past 13 years. He himself has a foundation in both popular music and international business marketing and management and he’s now teaching students across TAFE Queensland’s Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice as well as the Diploma and Certificate III in music and sound production.

Alongside that role, he’s also an active industry professional: a performer, producer, session musician and musical director for a variety of creative acts. He’s performed with Anthony Callea, Mahalia Barnes and Tim Campbell, has worked as Musical and Technical director for Casey Barnes and is a bass player in his own touring and corporate acts. As a result of those roles, he’s travelled Australia performing at festivals such as CMC Rocks, Gympie Muster and our own Groundwater Country Music Festival as well as California festival Country Summer.

Ben says during his time at TAFE he’s seen the music programs come along way.

“Aside from the facilities we have an amazing teaching team in the Music department who are all out there doing it professionally when not teaching, and bringing this current knowledge back to the classroom,” he said.

“I work with students from a Certificate III school program level all the way to Bachelor students, and it’s great to see the pathways that are available to students to continue to improve their standard of training and education and do it all in the one place with facilities and a teaching team they’ve come to know and build relationships with.”

“It’s a great feeling to see student’s progress from the classroom into industry and work in some of the largest venues and festivals in the country and even overseas,” he said.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager Karen Dickinson sung Ben’s praises.

“Ben is one of our exceptionally committed teachers who provides the students with the practical hands-on skills needed to be job ready so they can enter the competitive music industry confidently,” she said.

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