Meet the musical family behind Music House String Publications:

Keith Sharp
FAQS at a glance:
  • Born in 1962, Yeppoon Qld
  • Early education at Emu Park Primary and Yeppoon State High Schools
  • Graduate of Queensland Conservatorium of Music – Viola chief practical study
  • Post graduate studies at South East Queensland University
  • String teacher since 1985, Education Queensland (State schools in The Gap, Brisbane)
  • 45 string orchestra publications to date available through Music House String Publications
  • Co-author of popular beginner series, Encore on Strings – Music Maestros (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass)
  • Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary)
  • Ryan Recognition award 2006 for services in music to his community
  • Immediate Past President AUSTA Queensland

About the Music:

Keith’s program focuses on ensemble and group tuition. He recognises the joy and success that inspiring and well-designed resources can bring to such teaching. This has motivated him to pursue a keen interest in composition and arrangement. He enjoys writing imaginative and appealing pieces for string students and publishes these in Australia through his own company – Music House String Publications. Many of these scores are now performed by young players around the world.

The composer’s pieces are varied in style – from fiddle pieces that tend to have an individual stamp to blues, swing, quasi baroque and renaissance miniatures, novelty pieces and dances including tangos and waltzes. Many of the works display a strong vocal quality in the writing and song-like forms – some include vocal scores. His great passion is “equity” within ensemble: almost every piece shares the principle melodies or themes across the sections so that all players experience the leading line and accompanying figures. Settings are potentially very rich and resonant in the string sound. Interestingly, Keith is an imaginative composer and teacher and always seeks a captivating or humorous story to entice young students.

A selection of the composer’s educational works is available in the US through The FJH Music Company Inc. Several of the FJH publications have been highlighted as “Editor’s Choice” in the J.W. Pepper Orchestral Music Catalog.

More about the Composer:

Keith Sharp is a string educator and composer. He grew up in Emu Park, on the Capricorn Coast of Queensland. String teaching is a tradition in his family – his mother, sister, aunt, uncle and wife have all pursued similar vocations. In fact his mother, Colleen Sharp, only recently retired at age 82, after many years of string teaching in Capricorn state schools.

Keith is a performance graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied violin with his uncle, Dr Anthony Doheny and later the viola with John Curro. In 1985, after completing his Bachelor of Music, Keith commenced teaching with the Education Queensland as a String Instrumental Instructor in The Gap, Brisbane. Later he completed a postgraduate Diploma in Further Education.

Keith continues to teach at the high school and two primary schools in The Gap as a senior teacher. He has directed a multitude of primary, high school and regional ensembles and orchestras. Keith’s dynamic and positive teaching approach is widely recognised and he works with up to 200 students in his string programme. He has toured with groups to New Zealand, Tasmania and country Queensland. His ensembles have gained consistent recognition for their high standard of performance throughout his career. Keith coordinates concerts and festivals and was central to the establishment of GRIPPS (The Gap Regional Primary Performance School – an annual instrumental music “camp”), which has had enormous influence on young musicians in the area since 1992.

He is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and in 2006 received a Ryan Recognition Award acknowledging his contribution to music education in the local community. Keith is a past President and committee member of AUSTA Queensland. He regularly appears at schools, music camps, workshops and tertiary institutions as a guest clinician, tutor or lecturer. Keith is co-author of the popular beginner series, Encore on Strings - Music Maestros.

Keith gains enormous satisfaction in passing on the gift of music through string teaching and writing.


Natalie Sharp
A performance graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Natalie is an experienced string educator and violinist. She teaches violin and viola at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and at her private studio in The Gap, where she works with students from elementary through to Diploma levels. She regularly appears as a guest clinician, conductor, tutor and adjudicator throughout Queensland and is an AMEB string examiner.

Natalie also works in partnership with her husband at Music House String Publications. She assists with design, editing, engraving and publishing of the ensemble works. She is co-author of the popular beginner string series, Encore on Strings - Music Maestros and regularly presents workshops for teachers and students.

Caroline Mager

Caroline is Keith’s sister. She has a business background and assists with the marketing of Music House so that Keith and Natalie can focus on the writing and producing of new materials.

Julian Sharp

Keith and Natalie’s son, Julian is currently a student at The Gap High School and plays the cello, piano, percussion and tennis! He provides considered critiques of the ensemble music on a regular basis.
 
Rosanna Sharp
Keith and Natalie’s daughter Rosanna enjoys travelling and playing electric violin. She has her AMEB Associate in Music Diploma (A.Mus), Trinity College Performer’s Certificate and Recital Diploma. She has always loved to play her father’s compositions and offers useful observations.

 


Music House String Publications Pty, Ltd | 8 Barkala Street, The Gap, QLD 4061, Australia
Phone: 61 (0)7 3366 7573 | Fax: 61 (0)7 3366 8793 | E-mail: info@musichouse.com.au