It wasn't until his mid-40s that John recognised the wisdom contained in the farming-related ethics he grew up with, to appreciate what his father tried to share by exposing the family to life in the country. The saying 'make hay while the sun shines' reflects the notion that 'if you have an opportunity to do something, do it before the opportunity expires'.
Dr John Coulter is a Senior Lecturer of Composition and the Coordinator of Sonic Arts Programmes at the University of Auckland's School of Music. As a teacher working in the composition area, he spends much of his time focused on facilitating the needs of the '21st- century musician' – supporting men and women who compose, perform, fabricate, innovate and make use of technology; who study and research the language of music and sound; and who use their individual and collective heritage as a source of musical inspiration.
John is a member of several international organisations that uphold this holistic approach to music-making, and has presented both academic papers and creative works in several countries throughout the world including Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States of America.