Dr Jonathan McIntosh

Jonathan McIntosh welcomes applications from potential postgraduate and honours students interested in working on music, identity, place, diaspora, ethnography, ethnomusicology, dance, Asian performing arts, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Bali, popular music, applied ethnomusicology and community music-making. He has also supervised Western art music and ethnomusicology students focusing on the topic of ‘performance as research’.

Currently, Jonathan is supervising the following projects:

Doctor of Philosophy
  • Deshon-Healy, Janet. 2015-present. ‘Fame, Fortune or Failure: Musicians Surviving Political and Social Turmoil in Revolutionary France (1789-1870) during the Romantic Era’ (associate supervisor).
  • Burslem, Megan. 2015-present. ‘Experiencing Learning in Undergraduate Music Education: An Ethnographic Study of the Transmission of Musicology in Australia’ (main supervisor).
  • Freer, Nicholas. 2014-present. ‘Allan Holdsworth:Constructive Dissonance, a Syntactic Approach to Harmony and Improvisation’ (main supervisor).
  • Schattenkirk, Kevin. 2012-present. ‘Memorial Songs as Protest Songs: Popular Music and the Murder of Matthew Shepard’ (main supervisor 2013-2014; external supervisor for The University of Western Australia 2014–present).

Master of Arts

  • Scarfe, Brigitta. 2016-present. ‘How Participation in the Moonrise Rock Festival in Derby, Western Australia, Contributes to Individual, Social and Cultural Wellbeing’ (main supervisor).
Honours Dissertations (15,000 to 18,000 words)
  • 2017. ‘The Organ Compositions of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’.


Jonathan has also supervised the following research projects to completion:

Doctor of Philosophy
  • Priest, Sean. 2016. ‘The French Orchestral Trumpet Tradition in Nineteenth-century Paris: Competing Claims of Francois Auguste Dauverne and Jean-Baptiste Arban, 1820-1880’ (associate supervisor).
  • Bracknell, Clint. 2015. ‘Natj Waalanginy (What Singing?): Nyungar Song from the South-West of Western Australia’ (main supervisor 2013-2014; external supervisor for The University of Western Australia 2014-2015 ).
  • Monoharn, Pravina. 2015. ‘Tamil Hip-Hop in Malaysia: The History, Politics, and Sounds of Diasporic Identity’ (associate supervisor).
Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Schreiber. Karen Elizabeth. 2014. ‘Srimaya’s Fall: A Work of Javanese Theatricality, and Intercultural Arts in Practice’ (main supervisor).
Master of Music (Research)
  • Lombardi, Marco. 2014. Romanticism in Two Musical Repertoires: A Comparison of the Music of Frederic Chopin and the Rock Group Nirvana’ (associate supervisor).
  • Smout, Naomi. 2014. ‘Confessions and Reflections on Performing Contemporary Argentine Piano Music’ (main supervisor).

Master of Music (Performance)

  • Felten, Stella. 2015-present. ‘Playing with Autobiography’: The Performer as a Re-Biographer of Viktor Ullmann’s Piano Sonata No. 7 (1944)’ (associate supervisor).
Honours Dissertations (15,000 to 18,000 words)
  • 2016. ‘Feminism in Australian Popular Music’.
  • 2016. ‘”Something that … matches with me”: Music, Technology and Identity in the Everyday Lives of Adolescent Girls’.
  • 2015. ‘Women’s Voices in Kepri, Indonesia: Representation, Innovation and Agency’.
  • 2013. ‘An Investigation of Steel Pan Music in a Secondary School of Western Australia’.
  • 2012. ‘Glocality and the Music of Conversion: Intercultural Exchange on the Jesuit Mission to Japan’.
  • 2012. ‘Scottish Fiddling in Australia: Revival, Appropriation and Community’.
  • 2010. ‘Teaching Boys in the Secondary Music Classroom’.
  • 2009. ‘The Performance, Composition and Appropriation of Popular Music in the Lives of Women in Perth, Western Australia’.
  • 2009. ‘Expressing, Sharing and Fostering a Sense of Musical Identity Among the Chinese Community in Perth, Western Australia’.
Honours Projects (7,500 to 9,000 words)
  • 2015. ‘Suite for Ma Dukes Orchestra: Genre Authenticity in Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Cross-Musical Approach to Orchestral Hip-Hop’.
  • 2015. ‘The Influence of Jazz Improvisation Approaches in Hip-Hop Performance’.
  • 2014. ‘A Composer at Heart?: An Investigation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Musical Career in the US’.2012. ‘Opera Singers Performing Popular Music Styles’.
  • 2012. ‘Re-reading Kkonminam: A Study of ‘Flower Boys’ in K-pop Music Videos’.
  • 2012. ‘Barbershop Music in School: How to Maximise its Appeal and Benefits to High School Boys’.
  • 2011. ‘Jacques Hotteterre’s Principes de la Flûte Traversiere: The Foundation of Modern Flute Pedagogy’.
  • 2010. ‘The Violoncello in the Modern Chinese Orchestra’.
  • 2010. ‘”It’s Like a Chinese Lesson”: Karaoke Television and the International Students of Beijing, China’.
  • 2009. ‘”Lost Between the Notes”: Musical Embodiment and Idiosyncrasy in the Performance of Thom Yorke’.
  • 2009. ‘The Flute Music of Andre Jolivet’.
  • 2007. ‘Bossa Nova: “A Clean, Washed Samba”‘.
Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Dissertation (15,000 to 18,000 words)
  • 2012. ‘Southern Noongar Language Songs: An Examination of Aboriginal Vocal Music from the South Coast of Western Australia’.
Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Project (7,500 to 9,000 words)
  • 2011. ‘This is My Tango: Experiences Within the Tango Community in Perth, Western Australia’.

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