Music Education

Music education research at Sydney Conservatorium of Music is informed by specialist knowledge of the music of Southeast Asia, Melanesia and Indigenous Australians. Research is interdisciplinary, combining the methodologies of education with those informed by ethnomusicological, sociological, psychological, historical, and cultural studies influences. Research examines music teaching and learning from a range of perspectives, in all contexts, from early childhood through various levels of school and university systems, to studio teaching, community music activity, popular music, music therapy, and music in notated and non-notated traditions. Our staff also brings expertise in wider educational fields, such as gifted education, educational psychology, social foundations of education, e-learning and behaviour management for adolescents. Their work is widely published in books and major international journals in music education, ethnomusicology, music psychology, popular music and cultural studies.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers postgraduate training in many types of music teaching and learning, placing creativity and cultural diversity at the centre of its pedagogy. Research students undertake topics that reflect the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s broad view of music education.

About Music Education is a free public lecture series hosted by  Music Education staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. 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 educators, conductors of school and community ensembles, and practitioners in related fields such as preschool education or special needs education and music therapy.

Each semester we invite leading practitioners and researchers to provoke discussion with a short, “TED-style” 20-minute presentation on a topic of their choice. Because the series is as much about participation as learning, each of these presentations is followed by a chaired discussion or Q & A where all visitors are invited to participate in, and time afterwards for refreshments and a chance to explore ideas more informally.