Supervision

Staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students across a very large and diverse range of musical subjects, periods and genres. We have a reputation for encouraging students to be imaginative and to embrace research that is interdisciplinary and transformative.

Our supervisors are:

Composition and Music Technology

Professor Cat Hope

Professor Cat Hope

Cat Hope has strengths in supervising projects that engage artistic research and working with industry partners across performance, composition and music technology.

Associate Professor Thomas Reiner

Associate Professor Thomas Reiner

Thomas Reiner is a composer of highly engaging music that is concerned with questions of meaning, emotion, symbols, musical time, psychoanalysis, human existence and artistic freedom in a postmodern world.

Ethnomusicology and Musicology

Dr Joel Crotty

Dr Joel Crotty

Joel Crotty supervises across traditional musicology and classical performance at both the research Masters and PhD levels.

Professor John Griffiths

Professor John Griffiths

John Griffiths’ research interests revolve principally around Renaissance instrumental music, music of Spain, urban music history and digital humanities.

Professor Margaret Kartomi

Professor Margaret Kartomi

Margaret Kartomi’s research interests include the history and ethnology of traditional musics of the world, especially Southeast Asia; the study of musical instruments; diaspora and culture contact studies; martial arts and body percussion music; and practice-based research.

Dr Jonathan McIntosh

Dr Jonathan McIntosh

Jonathan McIntosh’s research focuses on issues of identity, movement and music in ethnomusicology and anthropology.

Dr Adrian McNeil

Dr Adrian McNeil

Adrian McNeil’s interest in music research is centred on an interdisciplinary approach to ethnomusicology.

Dr Paul Watt

Dr Paul Watt

Paul Watt is an experienced supervisor with expertise in Nineteenth-century music especially popular music, Music of the First World War especially Australian music, Music Criticism, Biography and life-writing, Street music and busking.

Performance

Associate Professor Robert Burke

Associate Professor Robert Burke

Rob Burke’s area of expertise is in practice-based artistic research in performance and composition focusing on methodology, analysis and investigation into what happens in the moment of performance – specifically improvisation.

Associate Professor Kenji Fujimura

Associate Professor Kenji Fujimura

Kenji Fujimura pursues a number of research areas including music performance and composition, music education, and music and health.

Dr Elizabeth Sellars

Dr Elizabeth Sellars

Elizabeth Sellars is fascinated by all leading performance practice for violin including historically informed performance of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the interpretation of Australian, English, Italian, Romanian and French violin music.

Dr Paul Williamson

Dr Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson’s research interests lie in the areas of jazz studies, contemporary music studies, flow, audiation and idea generation, ensemble interaction within improvised performance and jazz composition (fixed and non-fixed materials).