Allen talks about navigating the cultural landscape (1:48)

In terms of the VET course, you were saying that often you’re really organised, you get a time frame on what you want to do but things don’t pan out that way.  How would you – like if you were talking about a funeral that closes things down how would you deal with that as a VET lecturer?

I think just keep communicating with people, make sure that there are a few key people that you can talk to about those things, whether it be the – you know nine times out of ten a person who is in a music group is singing or learning about music, his family is probably someone who is in an advisory role, so I would just make sure there’s a few people that you could speak to and ask them – just don’t be afraid to ask. 

Is it okay if we make music today or don’t you think it’s a good idea, you know, ‘cause sometimes you’ll just be quiet and I’ve had where you walk in the latter half, people say – people on the hand say, ‘No, no, no, no. It’s alright. It’s alright.’  Who is to choose?   I’ve been on both sides of that one and then we play and I’m to blame for not honouring what is happening. Then we stop and it’s like well come on, you know...

So how do you deal with that?

Well you just deal with it the best you can and then if you are confronted with something, just say oh look – just assure people that you’re just trying to do the right thing and that you know, you meant no disrespect.  I mean I think it’s commonsense really.  I mean it’s more similarities than differences. I think you know people are people.