PhD, MA (University of Kent at Canterbury, UK)
BMus (University of Durham, UK)
Performance diplomas: FTCL (Trinity College of Music London), DSCM (Newcastle Conservatorium of Music), LMusA (Australian Music Examinations Board)
My research and teaching are related to musical performance and studio pedagogy.
My monograph, Studio-based instrumental learning, was published in 2012 by Ashgate, as part of the Psychology of Music series sponsored by the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE). I have also published research studies investigating teaching and student behaviour in instrumental lessons, and student approaches to individual practice.
After completing my first degree in Australia, I studied piano with Ronald Smith in the UK, and performed particularly as an accompanist and chamber musician, in UK, Canada and the Middle East. With further degrees in composition and performance, I completed my PhD with a thesis investigating instrumental teaching and learning in Higher Education. As a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, I established and led undergraduate and postgraduate courses in music performance and pedagogy, before coming to UNSW to establish the specialist BMus pathway in music studio teaching.
Much of my research has been empirical, investigating studio lesson behaviours and student approaches to practice through filmed observations, interview and questionnaire studies. I have become increasingly interested in more theoretical aspects of studio pedagogy: the 'apprenticeship' model, authoritative discourse in the studio, and the isolation of studio practices. I am currently investigating power relations in music teaching and learning, the nature of authority, and the potential of coaching.
In July 2018 I was Sydney Hub Co-organiser for the 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) combined with the 10th triennial conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), at UNSW. The innovative conference format had live and virtual presentations streamed among hubs in Australia, Austria, Canada and Argentina.
My research publications include papers in the International Journal of Music Education, Arts & Humanities in Higher Education, Musicae Scientiae, British Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Music Education Research, Orfeu, and Scientia Pedagogica Experimentalis.
Music pedagogy stream in the Bachelor of Music programme: