The stately architecture and sweeping waterways of Chicago, Illinois, are magnificent to behold, especially at this time of year.
And Rob Cannon, AIM’s very own creative genius and Head of Production & Stagecraft, did just that.
Rob has recently returned from a fast and furious jaunt across the Pacific where he was one of only three Australians invited to take part in the 2017 Educators Summit held by the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).
MEIEA was formed in 1979; it is a non-profit international organisation which brings together educators with leaders of the music and entertainment industries, with the main goal being to properly prepare students for successful careers in the music and entertainment industries. This year, approximately 80 educators from around the world attended the 3-day event.
Rob wrote and presented a paper entitled Teaching Creativity: An Alternative Approach
, which explores the theories of behaviour implementation designed to stimulate creative thinking, and hurdles we manifest – such as fear of failure – which hamper our ability to access creative thoughts.
“It was a fantastic event. Being able to discuss the creative aspects of teaching with educators from all over the world was very beneficial for everyone. The Q&A sessions at the end of each presentation were really eye-opening, and helped us gain new perspectives on topics.”
Rob’s experience in music and creative arts is extensive. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and a Masters in Music Business, has played in rock and jazz bands as a guitarist and pianist, and has worked on the business side of the music industry at major record labels alongside Rogue Traders, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys and Guy Sebastian (to name just a few).
A man of many talents, he specialises in creativity at AIM, teaches Arts & Entertainment Management, and supervises research projects.
Congratulations, Rob, for a stellar presentation in Chicago.