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Written by on 31/03/2023

Charles Darwin University (CDU)’s new Lecturer in Contemporary Music, Dr Vincent Perry once busked on the streets of Queensland to pay his TAFE tuition but now is an accomplished percussionist with Darwin Symphony Orchestra and bringing his skills to the classroom in his new role at CDU.

Dr Perry, who grew up in Southeast Queensland, is passionate about music-making. He has a particular love of soul music and vintage music gear, including vintage drum kits, and has spent many years as a drummer in a wedding band.

After studying music at TAFE Dr Perry went on to complete a PhD before finding his passion for teaching and has spent the past 10 years in the tertiary education sector teaching the history of music and nurturing young musicians.

“I am passionate about music. I feel like I am a young guy with an old soul who is obsessed with vintage gear and technostalgia,” Dr Perry said.

“I really love teaching, and seeing how passionate students are makes me work harder to ensure that they successfully contribute to and maintain the quality of the Darwin music scene.”

Since moving to Darwin around six months ago, Dr Perry has joined Darwin Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist, plays in multiple bands and is a supporter of the Darwin music scene, which he said is unlike any other city.

“Darwin as a music scene certainly punches above its weight considering how small a city it is. There is such a high calibre of musicians and everyone is so multi-talented,” Dr Perry said.

For the full story as well as details on CDU’s revamped Certificate III, and IV in Music, click here.

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