Issue 8
Monday, 23 May 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks thanks Kathryn Ezzy for her work as a student ambassador
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks thanks Kathryn Ezzy for her work as a student ambassador

Kathryn’s mix of music and maths

By Patrick Nelson

Kathryn Ezzy has continued to combine her love for music, numbers and teaching since completing her studies at Charles Darwin University.

The Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (Music) graduate now teaches music at MacKillop Catholic College in Palmerston.

“I have an interest in the connection between mathematics and music,” she said.

“Music is mathematical in many respects. Mathematics can be a particularly abstract subject, which some students struggle with, but its application within music is very real and something they can experience in a practical way.

“Rhythm has a basis in maths, for example.”

Ms Ezzy said she was passionate about promoting music education in the Territory.

“Nearly everyone can sing but a lot of kids hold to a misconception that they can’t.

“It’s often because they haven’t had a go.”

Ms Ezzy said that while she studied classical piano at CDU, she loved playing in both classical and contemporary styles.

“I sing, write songs, play bass guitar and drums as well as the piano,” she said.

“I played in rock bands while at uni and intermittently play percussion with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra when they need an extra percussionist.”

A high-achiever, Ms Ezzy received outstanding academic achievements awards twice during her undergraduate years and also was a CDU student ambassador.

She said she was grateful for a NT Government teaching scholarship, which allowed her to offset her course fees.

“I was one of the blessed ones. It means I don’t have a debt,” she said.

Ms Ezzy graduated at a ceremony at the Darwin Convention Centre last week.