Vivien studied piano with Dr Colin Kingsley (Edinburgh University) and subsequently at the University of Western Australia. Inspired by the example led by her first singing teacher, Molly McGurk (Western Australia), she puts her piano skills to good use in her teaching.
Vivien is currently on staff at The University of Melbourne where she teaches performance students (Voice) in the Bachelor of Music degree program as well as running courses in Instrumental Teaching for Bachelor of Music Education degree. Vivien is also the Musical Director of the Early Voices vocal ensemble at the Early Music Studio, The University of Melbourne.
Vivien has also worked as Lecturer in Voice at Monash University where she directed the Monash Women's Choir, tutored Viva Voce (SATB choir) and lectured in performance for the Bachelor of Performing Arts Course. She also has an association with the Victorian College for the Arts for whom she has taught singing for both the Bachelor and Masters Degree programmes.