TTTV025: Behind the Scenes @ Hal Leonard Australia

behind the scenes hall leonard australia

behind the scenes hall leonard australia

Have you ever wondered where all those piano books you buy come from? What the inside the world’s major music publishers looks like?

Hal Leonard is the world’s biggest music publisher, and Hal Leonard Australia is an important part of bringing those books (and other publisher’s books) to Australia. Under the direction of Gina Wake, the piano department has been a fantastic force for good, connecting teachers all over Australia and providing them with resources and professional development. Gina Wake started ‘The Piano Teacher’  as a way to provide teachers with great content, articles and tips.

The 40 Piece Challenge also grew from Hal Leonard Australia, with the help of Elissa Milne. This challenge has spread wider than they could have ever imagined, with teachers all over the world embracing the idea of students learning lots and lots of repertoire at varying levels.

Take a listen to today’s podcast to get a peek inside the publishing world!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The inner working of Hal Leonard Australia
  • What projects are coming up in Hal Leonard
  • How the 40 Piece Challenge began
  • Where the idea for ‘The Piano Teacher’ magazine came from

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Were you surprised to find out how varied Hal Leonard is?

Was there any aspect of the business that you didn’t expect? Did you wish you could have a warehouse like that as your music library? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you have any questions specifically for the guys at Hal Leonard Australia, you can email

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