Jodie Blackshaw (b. 1971) grew up in the south-east of rural Australia and formed a very personal relationship with music early in life through the creative application of her imagination to musical colors and movement. Today, she continues to seek creative experiences for students through her teaching and composing so they, too, may enjoy the personal relationship she discovered in her formative years. This includes the launching of her very own four-volume series “Teaching Performance Through Composition.”
In 2020 Blackshaw completed her PhD in Composition with Dr. Christopher Sainsbury at the Australian National University. In addition to composing and presenting music education workshops, Blackshaw is passionate about fostering equality in concert programs, including schools. In 2018 she curated the website www.colourfullmusic.com to share diverse wind band programs created by leading conductors with the global wind music community. She has presented at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago several times and in June 2022 launched her "Conservation Series," an infinitely growing set of works that will raise funds and awareness surrounding climate change and endangered species.