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Research events

Showcasing our specialist work and welcoming visiting academics

Our events reflect the Conservatorium's commitment to creative, academic and experimental research. Everyone is welcome to attend, and most of our events are free of charge.

Alfred Samuel Hook (1886-1963) was a practising architect who believed architecture, like music, was "an art vital to people's prosperity". He helped found the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture in 1918, from which he retired as dean in 1949. Hook's other great love was music. Hook gave lunch-hour talks on the history of music, illustrated by the University’s collection of gramophone records. He was a member of the University's choral group and, as a keen organist, was associated with installing the University’s War Memorial Carillon in 1928 and founding the Department of Music in 1948.

The Alfred Hook lecture is made possible through a generous bequest from Doreen Robson. For more information, please email series coordinator and Research Services Manager Dr Joseph Toltz.

COVID-19 has restricted the presentation of the Hook Lecture series. We welcome you to join us in 2021 for in-person Hook lectures.

Previous events

Please see our past events page.

These free seminars are hosted by our Music Education staff. The series is designed to spark collegial debate among the music education community, including primary, high school and tertiary music educators, pre-service (undergraduate or postgraduate) music teachers, conductors of school and community ensembles, and practitioners in preschool education, special needs education and music therapy.

Each semester we invite leading practitioners and researchers to open discussion with a 20-minute TED-style presentation on a topic of their choice followed by a facilitated Q&A. The series is as much about participation as learning so we invite attendees to contribute and stay for refreshments and a chance to explore ideas informally.




24 May 2020

Ethan Hein

Hip-hop creativity, pedagogical remixing, and the dissertation mixtape

Previous events

Please see our past events page.




4 March

Genevieve Campbell

Tiwi song: far more than meets the ear

18 March

Toby Martin

Historical silence, musical noise: Slim Dusty and Aboriginal/colonial history

1 April

David Larkin

Prima la musica? C.S. Lewis and Edwardian Wagner reception

22 April

James Wierzbicki

Rapt/Wrapped Listening

13 May

Simon Polson

Meeting the Musicians of Late Medieval London

27 May

Michael Webb

Choral Islands: The Impact of Protestant Hymnody in the Southwest Pacific from 1840

2 September

Charles Fairchild

Ideology and the pop star

16 September

Michael Webb

“The whole being sings”: Choralism, colonialism and mimetic desire in Fiji from 1835

30 September

Rachel Campbell

A Spectacle of Otherness: Musical ‘Primitivisms’ in John Antill’s Corroboree

14 October

Erin Helyard

Clementi: The Father (Also) of French Pianism

28 October

Toby Martin

Historical silences, musical noise:  Slim Dusty, Country Music and Aboriginal/Colonial history

11 November

Angharad Davis

Triangulating Ballet Mécanique: Techno-Primitivist Politics in Jazz Age America

Previous years

Please see our past events page.





11 March 2020

Professor Françoise Dussart and Dr Georgia Curran

Warlpiri Song

8 May 2020

Associate Professor Michael Webb and Mr Steven Gagau

Tolai music and collaborative archiving

2 June 2020

Associate Professor Hong Yan and Jean Wong

Music in and from China