Hitting the right chord: meet music industry teacher Toby Loveland

TAFE at School music teacher Toby Loveland talks about the benefits of the TAFE at School program, life in the classroom, and in the orchestra.

6 Feb 2018

Getting a head start on career aspirations while still in high school can be a young musician’s ticket into the music industry, and really boost fundamental knowledge in this creative field.

TAFE Queensland’s TAFE at School program aims to offer a range of programs to high school students, complementing traditional school or connecting people with their dream job sooner. Music teacher Toby Loveland is one of the TAFE at School teaching team, and teaches the Certificate III in Music Industry (CUA309145).

Sharing a love of music

Music industry teacher Toby Loveland
Teacher Toby Loveland

Toby has been teaching at TAFE Queensland for five years and loves the opportunity to share his love of music with his students, both in the TAFE at School program and in the Diploma of Music Industry (CUA50815).

When Toby isn’t teaching, he’s playing guitar in the pit orchestra for blockbuster musicals at QPAC. He’s just finished playing for Mamma Mia, The Bodyguard and Kinky Boots, and is currently rehearsing for Beautiful; a musical about the life and music of Carole King.

“Like most teachers at TAFE Queensland, I love being able to balance a part-time teaching role with professional gigs in the music industry. It’s great to be able to inspire young musicians at an influential point in their careers and have a hand in their development, while still performing myself,” Toby says.

What Toby loves about TAFE at School

Music industry facilities at TAFE QueenslandNot only does Toby enjoy sharing his knowledge and industry experience with his students, but he loves fulfilling a mentoring role too.

“Helping students to form bands and evolve their personal music styles is a definite perk of the job. TAFE at School can give students a bit of a break from the daily grind and it’s great to see the students connecting with what they really enjoy. I also mentor my students a little through some of their challenges in getting started in the music industry.”

“Quite a few of my TAFE at School students have continued into the diploma program and you really notice the difference in their approach to their creative output, from the students who start fresh in the diploma. And I know quite a few ex-students who still play in the bands they created at TAFE Queensland.”

Reasons to study TAFE at School

Music industry facilities at TAFE Queensland
The music facilities at TAFE Queensland are industry standard

If there’s one thing we understand in our 135-year journey at TAFE Queensland, there is no such thing as a one-size fits all education option. And while high schools do an amazing job in providing quality education to their students, some students require additional opportunities to find their calling in life.

Something we commonly hear from our TAFE at School students is how much they enjoy spending one day a week in an adult-learning environment. For some students, having a little more autonomy to drive their own projects in a creative direction, or having the opportunity to get started on their future career is a hands-down winner.

Toby can attest to all of the above. “Our TAFE at School students come from all walks of life, and for many, coming to TAFE once a week is a breath of fresh air, a break. I’ve seen numerous students flourish on the program and thrive in an adult-learning environment, because they’re ready to take the next step.”

For more information about the TAFE at School program at TAFE Queensland, visit our website or call 1300 308 233.

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