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Dawn Bennett is John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative with Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Her research focuses on the development of employability within higher education, including identity and the nature of graduate work. A viola player, Dawn retains a special interest in careers in the creative industries and continues to engage in practice-based research. She is also a passionate advocate for the inclusion of Indigenous cultural competencies within higher education. Dawn is a National Senior Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom. She serves on several editorial boards, convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows’ national network and is Vice-Chair Australia for the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows. Dawn serves on the board of directors for ISME and as a commissioner with the ISME Commission for Education of the Professional Musician. Publications are listed at

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Key words: creative workforce, career, graduate attributes, higher education, creative industries


Associate Professor Sally Macarthur is a musicologist and musician whose research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century music in the western classical tradition, and investigates the representation of women’s music in modern concert venues. She is the author of Towards a Twenty-First-Century Feminist Politics of Music (Ashgate, 2010), and lead co-editor of Music’s Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies (Routledge 2016). Her earlier books, Feminist Aesthetics in Music (Greenwood Press, 2002) and Musics and Feminisms (AMC, 1999), continue to be widely cited. She is Director of Academic Program, Bachelor of Music and Master of Creative Music Therapy, at Western Sydney University.

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Key words: music composition, musicology, tertiary music training, poststructuralism, feminism


Karen Burland  has research interests in musical development focusing on the environmental conditions leading to childhood musical success and the professional development of musicians during career transitions; cross-cultural comparisons of musicians preparing for performance careers; jazz audiences and their engagement in live performances in different contexts; and professional and amateur musical identities and how they are presented in performance. Karen is a University Student Education Fellow and is investigating the ways in which undergraduate and postgraduate students engage with, and perceive, employability activities during university and beyond. Karen is currently Head of the School of Music at the University of Leeds, UK.


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Keywords: HE Music, identity, transition, employability


Helena Gaunt, PhD, MBA (Distinction), LGMS(PCS), BA Hons (Cantab), FGS, FRSA
Professor Helena Gaunt is Vice Principal and Director of Academic Affairs at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, providing strategic leadership in academic development, research, enterprise and internationalisation. She is a National Teaching Fellow (2009) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Having been a professional oboist and member of the Britten Sinfonia, she has more recently developed research expertise and has published widely. Current interests focus on ensemble practices in the performing and fine arts, creative entrepreneurship, and the potential for the arts to contribute to education and development practices more widely. Helena is the Chair of the Innovative Conservatoire (ICON) partnership, providing pioneering professional development internationally for conservatoire teachers.


Keywords:  creative entrepreneurship; collaborative learning; community of practice; professional development; mentoring and coaching.


Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley currently lectures Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM) and co-ordinates the professional placement program for SCM students into the Arts industry, regional conservatoriums and schools. She is particularly interested in the areas of identity development; gifted musicians’ talent development; and the impact of the electronic Portfolio for fostering enhanced work readiness. Jennifer is committed to musician’s professional learning and how individual cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural needs of all learners can be met in a diverse range of educational settings.


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Keywords: professional practice; musical identity; internship; practice-based learning.


Gary E. McPherson is Ormond Professor and Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. His most important research examines the acquisition and development of musical competence, and the motivation to engage and participate in music from novice to expert levels. With a particular interest in the acquisition of visual, aural and creative performance skills, he has attempted to understand more precisely how music students become sufficiently motivated and self- regulated to achieve at the highest level. He is on the editorial boards of over 20 journals and has published well over 200 publications, including five edited volumes for Oxford University Press.

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Post-secondary education and training in the creative industries
Practice-based research.

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Key Words:  Motivation, Performance Science, Motivation, Self-Efficacy, Musical Practice, Musical Development.


Diana Blom is a composer, pianist and academic whose music practice informs her research through practice-led paradigms (live performing/recording studio performing, collaboration in the composer/performer relationship), plus publications on tertiary performance, composition, ePortfolios and the artist as academic. Published scores and CDs are released through Orpheus Music, Wirripang Pty. Ltd. and Wai-te-Ata Press.  Diana is co-author of Music Composition Toolbox (Science Press) a composition text. She is Associate Professor in Music at Western Sydney University.


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Keywords:  artistic research paradigm; composer-performer-researcher-teacher nexus; historical autoethnography.


Prof Cat Hope has an active profile as a researcher, composer, sound artist, musician and artistic director. She is the co- author of ‘Digital Arts – An introduction to New Media’ (Bloomsbury, 2014) and director of the Decibel new music ensemble. She was the lead CI on the ARC Linkage project, the Western Australian Music Archive, based at the State Library of WA ( She is a Churchill and Civitella Ranieri Fellow. She is Professor of Music and Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University.

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Keywords: music performance; music composition; digital archives.


Rachel Robertson is a senior lecturer in professional writing and publishing at Curtin University, Western Australia. She is the author of the memoir Reaching One Thousand, co-editor of Purple Prose, and her creative work has been published in international journals and anthologies. Rachel’s academic research interests include critical disability studies, Australian literature, creative writing pedagogy, maternal studies and creative non-fiction. She is the Reflections Editor of Life Writing and consultant prose editor for Westerly.


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Keywords: creative writing – pedagogy – careers – editing –  publishing – practice-based research.


Associate Professor Anne Power’s research is in two broad streams: the first encompassing cultural diversity in music education and musical creativity. She is a co-editor and author of Engaging First Peoples in Arts-based Service Learning. She led Evaluation of early childhood schools and the Koori preschool program:For the Australian Capital Territory Education Directorate. The second addresses international service learning and research into equity in education. She is a co-author of Enhancing Programs to Integrate Tertiary Outbound Mobility Experiences (EPITOME), has a book chapter in Contemporary Issues of Equity in Education and a forthcoming chapter in Resisting Educational Inequality.

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Keywords: arts-based service learning, musical creativity, critical reflection.


Dr. Janis Weller serves as Associate Dean and head of Liberal Arts at McNally Smith College of Music, in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, also teaching a capstone course, Creating a Life in Music, and flute. As a teacher, researcher, consultant and author, Dr. Weller focuses on the intersections of personal and professional development in helping artists navigate transitions and build sustainable careers, academic assessment, supporting student success, and the role of a liberal arts education for professional artists. As a flutist, Janis has premiered more than 100 new works, ranging from traditionally notated pieces to graphic notation and sculptural scores.


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Keywords:  creative personality, artistic identity, career transitions.


Talisha Goh is PhD (Musicology) student at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University) under the guidance of Dr Helen Rusak and Professor Cat Hope, and the focus of her dissertation is contemporary Australian women composers. She completed a Bachelor of Music (Musicology) with First Class Honours in 2014 with a thesis on the music of South Australian composer Elsie Hamilton, and has also completed Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia. In 2016, Talisha was awarded a Norman McCann National Library of Australia Summer Scholarship to undertake a period of study at the National Library in Canberra. Her research interests are broad, and include Australian music, music by female composers, biographical and historical research, and cross-disciplinary studies involving music and science.


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Keywords: gender and the creative workforce, music composition, minorities in the creative arts.


Sophie Hennekam is an associate professor in Human Resource Management at ESC La Rochelle School of Business in France. Her research focuses on identity and more precisely identity transitions, employability, gender equality, work-life balance, older workers, diversity management and the creative industries. She has published in a wide range of referenced journals such as Human Relations and Personnel Review.


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Keywords:  careers in the creative industries; women in the creative industries; identity of creative workers; the employability of creative workers.


Professor Gemma Carey is Deputy Director (Learning and Teaching) and Head of Pedagogy at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.  Gemma’s expertise and research interests are in the area of Performance Pedagogy, Curriculum and Learning and Teaching.  She is an OLT Grant recipient and was awarded an Australian National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016 and a Griffith University Citation for significant contribution to curricula design in 2012.

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Keywords:  professional development; collaborative reflection; transformative pedagogy; tertiary music education; 1-2-1.


A Fellow on the ‘Making Music Work: Sustainable portfolio careers for Australian musicians’ ARC Linkage, Christina has a solid background in the music, media and arts sectors, with particularly strong experience in print journalism and community radio. Her research broadly examines the relationship between music and place, including aspects such as creative and cultural capital, business and career development, popular music culture and policy, and creative and cultural clusters.

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Keywords: creative careers; creative economies; cultural policy; music and place.


Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and Deputy Director (Research) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Australia. She has worked on a range of national and international projects in community music, arts-based service learning with Australian First Peoples, arts programs in prison, and global mobility. Many of these projects have been realized in partnership with a wide range of NGOs, arts and community organizations, and colleagues across Australia and the Asia Pacific. She has worked on four successive ARC Linkage projects, led a major OLT Innovation and Development project, secured over a millions dollars in research funding, and produced well over a 100 research outputs. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year. She served as Co-Chair of the International Society for Music Education¹s Community Music Activities Commission, is co-founder of the Asia Pacific Community Music Network, and serves on the Board of Australia¹s peak music advocacy body, Music Australia.


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Keywords:  The creative workforce; Post-secondary education and training in the creative industries; Community music.


Dr Rosie Perkins is Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Centre for Performance Science, a partnership of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. Rosie¹s research focuses on the arts and mental health as well as performers¹ career development. From 2008-14 Rosie was a board member of the International Society for Music Education¹s Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician; she is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health University of Nottingham and a Fellow of the UK¹s Higher Education Academy.


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Keywords:  Higher education; conservatoire; career; mental health; performance science.


Paul Draper is professor of artistic research and a founding member of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre. Prior to tenure at Griffith University he comes from a 25-year career as a professional musician and record producer. He subsequently designed and realised the Conservatorium’s recording studios, computer laboratories and networked audio-visual environments. He has developed and led undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards in these areas. He held the university Chair in Digital Arts from 2006-2012 and has served as Conservatorium research dean from 2009-2012.

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Keywords: artistic research, digital arts, e-portfolios, music technologies.


Professor Jane Ginsborg, Associate Director of Research at the Royal Northern College of Music, won the British Voice Association’s Van Lawrence Award in 2002 and was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education award in 2013 for research on singers’ memorizing strategies and musicians with hearing impairments, respectively. She has published widely on expert musical performance. Managing Editor of Music Performance Research, she also fulfils editorial responsibilities for Musicae Scientiae, Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, Psychology of Music and Performance Science (Frontiers in Psychology).  Between 2012 and 2015 she was President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music.

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Keywords:  conservatoire education practice-based researcher singer


David Wright is an academic working in the area of Social Ecology and Transformative Learning. To these areas he brings his learning in the power of creative thought and practice to influence social-ecological relationships and understandings. David has a background in writing for performance. His PhD addressed embodiment in creative communication and his academic career  has sought to balance inquiry with depth of creative communication. He argues that practice based research (and research based practice) admits understanding derived from encounters with personal experience that offers considerable insight into the construction of knowledge.


Keywords:  Artist academic, creative communication, ecological understanding, relationship based knowing.


Assoc. Prof Ghaziah Mohd Ghazali earned her PhD in music education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She was Deputy Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Music at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia and is currently Head of Strategic Planning at the faculty. She teaches voice, aural training and research methodologies to both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her research work and publications in conference proceedings, journals and book chapters include areas in research methodology, music teacher training, motivation in music teaching and learning, music education in higher education and music graduate employability.


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Keywords:  Music graduate employability, music teacher training, motivation in music learning, music in higher education.


Catherine Murray is Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Enrolment in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
She researches cultural work, gender, race and creative labour policy and political communication. She is currently co-investigator in a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant with Rebecca Sullivan, University of Calgary, and Zoe Druick, SFU on valuing feminist documentary film practice across generations in the project ” The Legacy of Studio D at the National Film Board for Canadian feminist media activism”.


Jane Coffey is a multidisciplinary researcher within Curtin Business School, Curtin University.  Jane has published in the areas of graduate employability, career aspirations and experiences of dancers, employment discrimination, precarious work and the creative workforce.  She also publishes texts in the area of Human Resource Management.


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Keywords:  Employability, graduates, careers, aspirations, work


Bonita Mason teaches first-year journalism, feature writing and specialist Indigenous reporting at Curtin.

She has published in books and magazines, and is a Walkley award-winning freelance journalist. Bonita previously worked as a media studies tutor at the University of Technology, Sydney, as a researcher and assistant editor at the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, and as a policy adviser and speechwriter for government and as a media and policy adviser and writer for Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley and elsewhere.

She has an MA in journalism (coursework) from UTS and, in 2013, was awarded her PhD, A Death in Custody Story: Critical reflexivity in journalism and writing, from Edith Cowan University.


Keywords:  journalism, Indigenous, Aboriginal, service learning, Bourdie


Eddy CHONG is currently the Assistance Dean for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education programmes at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore. As an Associate Professor, he conducts courses primarily related to music theory and analysis at the diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels. In teacher education, he focuses on the training of secondary level music teachers. He regularly conducts in-service workshops/courses for school music teachers, and has served as a consultant to a number of schools on music-curricular matters as well as contributed as a panel member in syllabus-review committees at the invitation of the Ministry of Education (Singapore).


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Keywords:  Pedagogy, curriculum planning, technology, multiculturalism, music theory


Dr. Glen Carruthers has been Dean of the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, since 2010. Earlier in his career he was Dean of Music at Brandon University and founding Chair of Music at Lakehead University. He has published extensively in the field higher music education in such journals as Arts and Humanities in Higher Education and International Journal of Music Education. He is a contributor to several books published in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia, and has presented conference papers and guest lectures in over fifteen countries.


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Keywords:  higher education; leadership; musicians in society; curricular reform; community music


Heidi Westerlund is professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. She has published widely in international journals and books and she is the co-editor of Collaborative learning in  higher music education (Ashgate) as well as the Editor-in-chief of the Finnish Journal of Music Education. Her research interests include higher arts education, music teacher education, collaborative learning, cultural diversity and democracy in music education. She is currently leading two research projects funded by the Academy of Finland: The arts as public service: Strategic steps towards equality (2015-2020) and Global visions through mobilizing networks: Co-developing intercultural music teacher education in Finland, Israel and Nepal (2015-2019).

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Keywords: higher music education, collaborative learning, communities of practice.


Dr Angeliki Triantafyllaki is a social science researcher and academic based in Athens, Greece. After graduating from the School of Philosophy, University of Athens (BAHons) and the National Conservatoire of Athens (Performance), she completed her PhD in Education at the University Cambridge in 2008. Her postdoctoral work on teacher’s and musicians’ careers, knowledge, creativity and learning, has been conducted through funding by the British Academy and the Greek State Scholarship Foundation. Between 2010-13, she worked as postdoctoral researcher on the EU funded ICT project MIROR, from which a recent monograph has been published (2016, Routledge, UK). She currently heads the MA Education at Mediterranean College Athens, teaches at the University of Athens, the Open University and the University of Nicosia.

Keywords can be music, creativity, learning, education, teaching practice, career.


Peter Petocz is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Statistics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His research interests include applications of statistics in a wide variety of disciplines – both humanities and scientific – and statistics pedagogy. He is widely published in these areas (selected publications are given on the website below). He is a previous editor of the Statistics Education Research Journal and an active participant in statistics education internationally. Currently he is enrolled for a research masters degree in music performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music investigating the notion of sustainability in music.


Key words can be music, statistics, pedagogy, sustainability.