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ARIA winning musician returns to university

Page last published: 20 Jun 2012

Tim Hart

Australian singer/songwriter Tim Hart has returned to the university where his career in music began, to become an artist in residence. As part of a collaborative project between Macquarie University and APRA/AMCOS, Hart will be giving mentorship to current music students through a series of workshops and tutorials.

Graduating in Contemporary Music, Hart has had a high-profile music career as a member of ARIA-winning group Boy and Bear, and as a solo artist in his own right.

A founding member of Boy and Bear, Tim Hart met fellow band members Dave Hosking and Killian Gavin while they were studying music business together. The ties to Macquarie go even further, with band manager Guy Morrow also lecturing in the Department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies.

Tim says his experience at Macquarie had a huge impact on his musical career. "It wasn't just the learning content at uni that did it for me", he says, "it was the culture. Our normal mindset is to get a stable job. Thinking out of the box is risky. To come to uni and meet like-minded people was absolutely essential."

Associate Professor John Potts who is coordinating the project says this is a great example of how partnerships between education, industry and research can work together.

"With this project the University, together with Tim and APRA are helping students develop practical skills to deal with the real world. Through Tim, students can see how what they learn in the classroom will actually help them later in their careers", says Potts.