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Karen Dawson is a qualified piano teacher who studied through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is registered through the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).  Having taught for over twenty years, in 2009 Karen recognised the ongoing frustration of her students in grasping the complexities of reading music, and developed a now-tried-and-true method known as “The Dawson Method of Reading Music”.  As her search for a comprehensive game-based theory program failed, she decided to write her own based on many years of experience with students of all ages.  Thus, “Nifty Notes – The Dawson Method of Reading Music” was born. 

Initially a card-based system, a search for a software developer began and she joined forces with the talented team at Symbill, headed by Regan Campbell.  Regan and brilliant Web-Designer Aaron Dixon have turned technology on its end with the specifications they were given, and have re-written the information technology books very successfully to develop a learning tool like no other.

Together, Karen, Regan and Aaron have come up with an incredible mix of professional musicianship and talented software development to bring this state of the art program to the music world.


Creator & Author: Karen Dawson, Director, The Music Treehouse
Software Developer: Regan Campbell, Managing Director, Symbill
Web Designer: Aaron Dixon, Symbill
PM, BA, Tester: Jan Wijninckx, Symbill
Graphic Designer: Giles Evans
Animator: Ben Joffe, Giles Evans
Additional Support: Alan Dawson, Mike & Cheryl Bailey

With extra special thanks to the
Voice of “Nifty Nev”:

Oscar Elwin

Most importantly, I must express my very grateful thanks to my wonderful husband Greg and daughter Sarah for their patience, love and support.