Miriam Morris teaches the cello and viola da gamba to students ranging from primary to tertiary level. Many of her students have successfully auditioned for scholarships to private schools and tertiary institutions and have been awarded distinctions and awards at diploma level in AMEB examinations. Other successes have included achieving top results in VCE practical music examinations.
Miriam has taught and examined for the AMEB from Preliminary to LMusA, including examining as the cello specialist for LMusA for many years, and was recognized at a recent diploma ceremony for her outstanding contribution.
Her private students include both children and adults. She is on the staff at the University of Melbourne teaching the viola da gamba and has also taught the cello at the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide, Monash and the Victorian College of the Arts (secondary and tertiary levels).
Miriam pioneered the teaching of viols in primary and secondary schools and has run programmes at North Adelaide Primary School, VCASS (Victorian School of the Arts Secondary School) and Presbyterian Ladies College, Burwood.
She has a great interest in pedagogic writing having written the previous Australian Music Examinations Cello Syllabus and the previous and present Technical Workbooks. Other publications include The Key Approach to Cello Playing published by Chappell and Co. (London). She is at present writing a tutor for the viola da gamba to be published by Saraband Music.
As a performer, Miriam specialises in Early Music. She plays with the Melbourne-based ensembles, Consort Eclectus, and the viola da gamba duo, Convivio in addition to freelance playing. Miriam has recorded for ABC classics and Move Records and has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, England, Sweden and the US.