Joanne completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre and a Post Graduate Diploma of Education through Queensland University ( 1981). Joanne spent several years teaching classroom music in Queensland and NSW. Joanne moved to Wagga Wagga in 1986 where she taught at the Riverina Conservatorium (1986-1991) and started the HSC music program at Trinity Senior High School, ( now Kildare College) 1987. During this time she completed an AmusA in Piano ( AMEB), an ATCL and LTCL in piano pedagogy through Trinity College and was very involved with HSC Music including marking HSC papers, and setting trial HSC papers.
In 1999 Joanne returned to teach at the Riverina Conservatorium becoming Head of Keyboard and Music Craft in 2004. Joanne was part of the committee for the 10th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held in Wagga Wagga. In 2011, she became a Wirripang Composer and a variety of educational music resources have been published.
Joanne continues to have music teaching resources published by Wirripang, provide piano pedagogy workshops for music teachers, and perform when time permits. Joanne is currently researching piano teaching in Australia, as part of a Masters of Education through Central Queensland University.