Artistic Research in, Through and for Music is a collaborative symposium between The University Queensland School of Music and The Queensland Conservatorium. As part of the symposium, the UQ HDR cohort will present their current research that spans across multiple fields including creative pratice-based research. 


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Margaret Hoey

Margaret Hoey presents on her topic: "Singing enhances learning: applications for the classroom"

Margaret Hoey is a teacher with the Department of Education. For thirty years she has worked as a primary teacher, an instrumental music teacher and classroom music teacher. She has witnessed how music, in particular singing, can transform students learning. 


The voice is the primary instrument for human beings, the first access to music making. Singing is a cohesive cultural force, a socially appropriate way to share emotion. How singing affects people has been the subject of brain research over recent years.  How can this research be harnessed for use in the classroom?


This proposal explores the possibilities for using singing to enhance learning in primary schools. The mixed methods study will review current research and use it to design an action research project in primary classrooms. Through collaboration, teachers will devise and implement a program, which will be analysed narratively. The results will inform how singing may assist general primary teachers to improve student outcomes.

About Higher Degrees by Research Seminar Series

The seminar series showcases our Higher Degree by Research candidates’ work. The seminars are open to the public, and we regularly have visiting scholars attend and present their research. Please register by following the link in the session below that you wish to attend.


Zelman Cowen Building (51), UQ St Lucia
Room 460