West Moreton Anglican College
Life is all about music for Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University student Nathan Walton.
‘Music started taking over my life in Years 11 and 12. With practising, rehearsals, and performances, 14 hour days were the norm for me.’
‘I was effectively living in my school’s music department. I almost spent more time there than at home!’
Not surprisingly, Music Extension was Nathan’s favourite subject at school.
He says: ‘The hands on approach to learning music was a perfect match for me. I enjoyed the freedom to customise my assessment goals around my playing and I loved exploring further research into the field that I would eventually move into.’
Nathan was successful in gaining not only a QCE and high OP while at school but also an Associate Diploma in Music.
Since finishing Year 12, he has been studying classical flute full-time at the Queensland Conservatorium while leading a ‘second life’ as a professional classical musician and singer. This has enabled Nathan to tour interstate and overseas.
He says: ‘I love that I can travel and see the world while I work. As a musician you can set up shop anywhere.’
‘In the future, I plan to be a professional orchestral musician and freelancer. Ultimately, I’d love to be a guest soloist travelling the world performing in front of orchestras or in my own recitals.'
Subjects: Drama, English, Maths A, Music, Music Extension, Information Technology Systems
Career goal: To work as a professional orchestral musician
Last updated: 09-Feb-2016