The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash is consistently ranked among the best music schools in Australia according to data provided by the Australian Research Council and the ‘Group of Eight’ consortium of research-intensive Australian universities.
Our research is undertaken in three specialist areas:
- Ethnomusicology, including music of Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Southeast Asia generally as well as Jewish music
- Musicology, including music criticism, aesthetics, biography and music from Western and Eastern Europe, particularly Britain and Romania
- Practice-based Research: Composition/Performance, New commissions; premieres; recordings and broadcasts; publication of scores; recitals; invited performances (e.g. at festivals and for touring companies) of new works (including new arrangements of existing works).
In addition to the above areas, many staff are involved in studying Australian art music as well as popular music and its social and cultural contents in Australia and overseas.
The School’s Research Groups promote individual and collaborative research between our staff, students and adjuncts in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology and performance.
Staff in the School are currently undertaking Research Projects in a wide range of areas and topics.
Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU)
The Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) contains valuable research materials from Southeast Asia (including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines), South Asia (including India and Sri Lanka), East Asia (including China and Japan), Aboriginal/Indigenous Australia (especially the Pitjantjara area) and Jewish Asia and Australia.
During semester, seminars are given by staff, postgraduate students and visiting scholars. For semester 2 the Seminars will be held in Building 55.
1 August, Georg Corall, University of Western Australia
The eloquent hautboy: Rhetoric and diction for singers and instrumentalists in the 17th and 18th centuries
8 August, Rob Stove, Monash University
Whom the gods love, die young: An introduction to Guillaume Lekeu
15 August, Margaret Kartomi, Monash University
How do the musical arts reflect the fragile relationship between the Malay boat-dwellers and the settled Malay populations of the eight-year old province of the Riau Islands in Indonesia?
22 August, Paul Watt, Monash University
Australian songs of war, 1914–1918: Text, music, meaning
29 August, John Garzoli, Monash University
Thai tuning and the myth of 7 tone equal temperament
5 September, Sarah Collins, Monash University
The beauty of bravery: The artistic self in the autobiographical writings of Percy Grainger
12 September, Fintan Vallely (courtesy Culture Ireland / Cultúr Éireann)
‘Compánach’ – Companion: Interpreting the history and revival of Irish Traditional music in images, text and music
19 September, Mirko Guerrini, Monash University
26 September, Nino Tsitsishvili, University of Melbourne
Examining origins of love song as an evolutionary and cultural practice: From a theory of music as sexual selection towards a theory of love song as sexual frustration and idealization
10 October, Paul Williamson, Monash University
Developing physiological control, ensemble interaction, and flow within jazz performance
17 October, Nadia Widyawati Madzhi, Monash University
Changes in the traditional ceremonies, music and dance of the Melanau people of Sarawak, with particular reference to the period 1983–2013
24 October, Mohd Hassan Abdullah, Sultan Idris Education University
Kompang, a Malay frame drum
Blurb and link to Music Archive Information
The Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) contains valuable research materials from Southeast Asia (including…
Research Groups – Introduction
The School’s Research Groups promote individual and collaborative research between our staff, students and adjuncts…