We examine music teaching and learning from a range of perspectives, in all contexts, through the various levels of primary and secondary school and university systems to studio teaching, community music activity, informal learning, music therapy and music in notated and non-notated traditions. Our specialists in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples music are working side by side those researching digital music and the technologies utilised in the music education of school students.
Our academic staff also bring expertise in wider teacher education fields, such as:
Their work is widely published in books and major international journals in music education, technology, music psychology, teacher education, popular music, ethnomusicology, and cultural studies.
Popular Music: responding to the current landscape of contemporary music, film music, with a performance focus for school based musiking.
Technology and digital music: exploring the operational aspects of global digital music practices.
Ensemble pedagogy: exploring musical and educational resources and strategies used with groups of musically-untrained children and adults.
Curriculum and Pedagogy: curriculum is the content taught, while pedagogy is seen as the way in which it is taught. Pedagogy and curriculum thus blend together as the understanding between how to teach and why we teach in a certain way.
Cognition: the scientific practice of how and why learning occurs.
Music composition: creating original pieces within musical concepts and components.
Leadership and Mentoring: as a process for a transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development, mentoring can be seen as a form of leadership.
We offer postgraduate training in many types of music teaching, learning and curriculum, placing creativity, pedagogic practices and cultural diversity at the centre of all we do. The wide range of topics available reflect our broad view of music education.
There is a tradition of hosting free seminars, About Music Education, where we invite leading practitioners and researchers to provoke discussion with a short, “TED-style” presentation on a topic of their choice. It is hoped this will return in 2022. For a showcase of this series, see our past events page. We offer professional learning for in-service music teachers on a variety of curricular and co-curricular topics.