Watercolour Portrait of Joanna Funk as a child by artist and illustrator Mary Funk Butterworth London


[Watercolour by Mary Funk.]

Welcome to my blog, which is mostly about playing music, teaching piano, and living in the Scenic Rim. I also write about work in television, film and photography and about some people I meet. Occasionally I post some music reviews.

I loved to play the piano when I was growing up in England. But I didn’t work with music in my early career. It wasn’t until my mid-forties, when I took voluntary redundancy from ThomsonReuters in London, that I took a big step off the treadmill which was my life and returned to my first love.

I travelled, became a pianist in a hotel, and wrote my first blog which later became a book. By the time I moved to Australia with my family, I knew I wouldn’t work in an office again. My life has become a gig, and it’s nice.

Thank you for visiting.


    1. Joanna

      Yes, Queensland really is the beautiful country. Can’t help but feel lucky being here. Thanks for your good wishes Kim, continue blogging your beautiful photography.

  1. Ruby Yeh

    Dear Joanna, Thank you for sharing your life journey and it’s inspiring to see that it’s never too late to accomplish anything. I’m in my mid 20s. I played piano since I was 7 and got my AMEB grade 8 when I was 15. I love music, but I didn’t pursue it as my career. I have been studying and working in scientific research but recently going through a change and studying postgrad diploma to become a secondary science teacher. Earlier this year an ex-colleague offered for me to teach her 7 years old and 12 years old piano and just like you said, it has been very rewarding watching them improve just over the course of a few months! I am still not confident enough about music pedagogies and whether I am good enough to be accepting more students. It would be good if I could learn from your experiences! Thanks for reading my long introduction!

    1. Joanna

      Hi Ruby, being in your mid-20s you have plenty of opportunities to find your calling πŸ™‚ You may end up doing several things well, or change directions a few times in the course of a lifetime. Sound like you are interested in working with students whether in a science or music capacity. It’s great that you have options.

      It looks like you are based in Brisbane. Perhaps we could meet over coffee one day πŸ™‚

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