Dr Brad Merrick
Director of the Barker Institute 


As well as being the Director of the Barker Institute, Brad is the Director of Research in Learning at Barker College. As a music teacher, he has a passion for learning and enjoys teaching, conducting ensembles and performing. He has a keen interest in emerging technologies, professional learning and creative approaches to teaching and learning. His PhD explored the relationship between student self-efficacy and self-regulation in creative learning environments. He is passionate about motivation and why this is such a powerful factor in all that we do. Brad has published widely and presented at many national and international conferences.

Beyond the classroom, Brad has also held casual academic roles at the University of Sydney, University of NSW, Western Sydney University and the University of Queensland. He is the immediate past National President of the Australian Society for Music Education and is a Commissioner on the International Music in School Teacher Education Commission for the International Society for Music Education. Brad's most recent publication in 2017 was a chapter in The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology and Education. He also contributed to the Oxford Handbook for Music Education as well as authoring several textbooks used widely in schools.


Dr Greg Cunningham
Director of Teacher Development and Accreditation


Greg has a special research interest in visual literacy having completed a doctorate in this field. He was also a post-doctoral scholar at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. A passionate teacher of English, Greg has presented research on emerging practices in the English classroom at conferences in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. He lead the team that introduced the Teaching for Understanding framework at Barker and he has been a research collaborator with Harvard University. Greg also represented the independent school sector on the NESA Professional Learning and Advisory Committee. In this capacity, he has also served as an assessor and consultant on accreditation processes and professional development in NSW.