Music in Australian Society is a multi-faceted Research Group that intersects with the Jewish Music Research Group and with elements of the School’s Performance and Composition streams.
Four scholars have established voices of commanding authority in this field:
- Margaret Kartomi, with a wide range of publications stretching back forty years;
- John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell as contributing general editors of the monumental Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia (Strawberry Hills, Currency Press, 2003); and
- Graeme Smith as author of Singing Australia: A History of Folk and Country Music (Pluto Press, Melbourne, 2005).
Monash-affiliated contributors to the above-mentioned Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia (2003) included Georgina Binns (Music Librarian), Joel Crotty, Kay Dreyfus, Bronia Kornhauser and Graeme Smith.
A larger colligation (also including the work of Gay Breyley, Kay Dreyfus, Marcello Sorce Keller and Wang Zheng Ting) is the study of the musical results of migration and multiculturalism in the Australian context.
The editorial team of Dreyfus and Crotty produced a themed issue of the Victorian Historical Journal (Music, Migration and Multiculturalism, v.78, no.2), in November 2007, including articles by seven Monash authors.
Gay Breyley’s research includes the study of memory and mourning in Australia’s indigenous communities. Wang combines his research focus on the history of Chinese music-making in Australia with an international career as a master performer on the sheng [Chinese mouth organ] and composer.
Joel Crotty maintains an ongoing interest in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Australian ‘art’ music and its composers, facilitating performances and supervising higher degree research in this area. Crotty is also responsible for the annual Monash Australian Composers Series, now in its seventeenth year.
An ARC Linkage project with the Australian Youth Orchestra (2004–7) resulted in a volume of multi-authored essays, Growing Up Making Music: Youth Orchestras in Australia and the World, Margaret Kartomi and Kay Dreyfus eds (with David Pear), Australasian Music Research 9, University of Melbourne, Lyrebird Press, 2007.
Participants and Publications
Jazz, Improvisation and Creativity: Practice, Scenes and Society
This research group seeks to nurture research in the many elements of the creation and understanding of improvisation. This includes investigation into environments conducive to improvisation, composition, innovation, experimentation, collaboration, the ephemeral moment of improvisation and identity.
Monash–Leeds Music Research Partnership
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University and the School of Music … Continue reading Monash–Leeds Music Research Partnership
Musical Biography Research Network Convened by Paul Watt (Monash University) and Christopher Wiley (University of … Continue reading Musical Biography
Music in Asia
Convenor: Dr Adrian McNeil The research group has a legacy of five decades of internationally … Continue reading Music in Asia
Music in Britain: Reclaiming Forgotten Repertory
We concentrate on publishing works by or about largely forgotten composers and musicians including Joseph … Continue reading Music in Britain: Reclaiming Forgotten Repertory
Music Notation Research Group
Convener Professor Cat Hope Participants Assoc Prof Thomas Reiner Dr Ryan Ross Smith Aaron Wyatt … Continue reading Music Notation Research Group
Nineteenth-Century Studies Research Unit
The Nineteenth-Century Studies Research Unit is a locus for research in all aspects of the … Continue reading Nineteenth-Century Studies Research Unit
This Research Group studies street music in all its forms, historical and contemporary. We … Continue reading Street Music
20th and 21st century Romanian Musical Culture
This research cluster has forged a Memorandum of Understanding with the National University of Music, Bucharest and an informal relationship with Spiru Haret…