Founded by Emily Gann in 2018, Connecting the Dots in Music is a progressive organisation that serves as a connector between the arts, education and community sectors. As project leaders, educators and consultants, we pride ourself on supporting and developing world-class music programs through a process of deep community engagement and collaborative leadership.
Our areas of specialist knowledge and experience includes:
Music for Social Impact initiatives
Community Engagement programs for arts organisations
Music education models and training
Creative music projects
Partnership working and collaborative leadership structures
Teaching Artistry training and development
With a commitment to “building connections for a better world”, we harness the power of music for the benefit of all people. By applying systems-level thinking, we strategically build partnerships to build and support creative programs of exceptional quality.
Connecting the Dots in Music "consistently seeks to break new ground artistically, while positively impacting the lives of all those involved"
Our flagship projects, consultancy services and artist training programs have been recognised internationally for their quality, innovation and outcomes. We are proud to demonstrate a progressive way of working in the arts that is proving to build stronger communities, empower artists and participants, and grow international connections and opportunities.
A creative producer, arts leader musician and music educator, Emily is committed to harnessing the power of music to achieve positive social impact through deep community engagement. As Founding Director of Connecting the Dots in Music, Emily has established a growing portfolio of creative music projects that sit at the intersection of the arts, education, community and health sectors. As Founder of Lullaby Project Australia, Emily works in close partnership with Carnegie Hall and builds unique cross-sector collaborations to establish high impact projects in diverse settings. She is past member of the Global Leaders Program in 2020-21 and was awarded an Arts SA Ruby Award in 2020.
Hilary Kleinig is a multidisciplinary musician who works as a cellist, composer, creative producer and educator. She is passionate about creating new work with artists and communities that tell vital, current and courageous stories and works to empower people through collaborative creation.
Hilary enjoys playing cello in live and recorded performance and has performed in festivals in Australia and overseas with leading musicians and bands, has had much experience in playing and commissioning contemporary music and also in producing and curating complex multi-artform collaborations.
Thea is a teaching artist and violinist seeking to invite their community into artistic experiences through a creativity and participatory-centred pedagogical practice. They hold a Bachelor of Music (Advanced) Majoring in Music Education and Pedagogy from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and created the collaborative composition workshop series A Room of Her Own Workshops. As a violinist, Thea has collaborated on improvised music projects with dancers, theatre artists and musicians across genres of contemporary classical/art music, experimental, jazz and post-rock.