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Mrs. L. Gander

L. Gander

Music Teacher

Leah Gander is an experienced educator of over 20 years and has led music departments in her last 4 schools, three of them internationally. She is currently Head of Music at International School Brunei. She loves the process of taking students all the way from beginning to play an instrument to polished performance. 

Leah lectured in the Bachelor of Sound and Music degree at University of Technology, Sydney in 2013 and in the Bachelor of Primary Education degree at Notre Dame University, Sydney in 2012. 

Prior to this, from 2009 to 2012 Leah was Head of Music at the International School Manila, Philippines - one of Asia’s top schools, with over 2000 students. Here, Leah oversaw a busy performing schedule working with 23 ensembles, ranging from string orchestra to jazz stage band and choir. In her role of curriculum developer, she created a new song-writing course, Rock 101, which traced the development of Rock music and taught composition skills through analysis and performance of the genre’s best examples. 

Before Manila, Leah was Director of Performing Arts at International School Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2007 to 2009. During her time there she staged Dhaka’s first performance of the musical Grease. The acclaimed production featured rickshaws instead of cars, with Leah functioning as co-director, musical director and pianist. She also participated in the school’s International Baccalaureate 3 year review and the Council of International Schools 5 year review. 

During her time as Director of Music at Waverley Christian College, Melbourne (2004 to 2006), Leah composed the music to a new musical, Emperor, first produced in 2006. She conducted the jazz band and developed concerts and talent shows at the school, and also worked for the Board of Studies, marking the Victorian Certificate of Education matriculation exams in music. 

Leah received a Bachelor of Music Education, with a piano major, from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University and has also completed studies in ESL. Recently Leah has been completing online coursework, through Duke University, in Logic, Reasoning and Analysis and Data Analysis, due to her interest in researching and documenting the effects of music on student results. 

Leah continues to write instrumental music and songs for her own jazz quartet, as well as arranging band charts for the groups she conducts. In her spare time, Leah is an avid tennis player, reader and cook, and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.