Researcher biography

I am an experienced performer, researcher and tertiary lecturer with extensive industry experience. My 30-year professional music career to date has combined extended periods working in both the freelance and tertiary sectors in WA, ACT, NSW and Queensland, which has provided me with valuable perspectives on the relationship between academic knowledge, artistic expertise, and skills required by the music industry.

My professional life in music is a successful example of a portfolio career. Having commenced as a performer and instrumental teacher, I developed into a tertiary academic, researcher and research manager. I bring a multicultural perspective to music education, having begun my studies at the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Kharkov, Ukraine. After migrating to Australia as a teenager, I completed undergraduate studies at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide (BMusHon, 1st class), followed by a Masters degree in Performance at the renowned Juilliard School of Music, New York, as a recipient of an ITT International Fellowship. My PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2005 focused on one-to-one instrumental pedagogy at the tertiary level, while my academic lecturing is informed by professional development through completion of a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) at the University of Sydney. I have recently completed a four-year postdoctoral research project at the University of Queensland, where I concurrently lectured in various subject areas.

In Australia my reputation as a fine performing musician is firmly established. I have performed numerous concertos with professional and student orchestras, and presented many solo and chamber music recitals, partnering with some of Australia's finest string players in Sydney and Canberra. Since moving to Brisbane in 2009 I have appeared in several chamber concerts with the Brisbane Winds. My specialist interest in Australian music is evidenced by my three solo CDs and my editions of Wirripang Australian Piano Anthology (2011) and Australian Women Composers' Piano Anthology (2015).

My publications on gender issues in instrumental music teaching, sight-reading, application of theories of teaching and learning to the studio setting, and performance as creative practice appear in 12 journal articles in high impact international journals such as Psychology of Music, Musicae Scientiae, International Journal of Music Education (Research and Practice issues), British Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, Australian Journal of Music Education and also in three book chapters. I have presented 29 papers at the ISME, ICMPC, Reflective Conservatoire, Performer's Voice, RIME, ASME, and APPC Conferences. I am currently serving on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Music Education: Research and Frontiers in Psychology.

Prior to being appointed as a Research Fellow in Performance at the University of Queensland, which included a 25% teaching workload, I have taught a wide range of subjects at the Sydney, Queensland and Western Australian Conservatoriums. The excellence of my teaching was recognised by the Sydney Conservatorium Teaching Award in 2003. In the past seven years I have taught large music theory classes, music literature and research, receiving three nominations as an Outstanding Academic teacher at the University of Queensland, where I was short-listed for a Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2015.

Drawing upon my extensive experience as a professional performer whose skills have been honed in a range of working contexts, my research naturally led me to my recent focus on the critical skill of sight-reading. Evidence of the standing of my research into pre-professional training of musicians includes nearly $100,000 in grant funding to date. My current research interests lie in the area of skills for classical music careers and musicians' wellness.

Featured projects Duration
Improving employability of music undergraduates
Research Grant
20152016
Being and becoming musical
Research Grant
20132016
National Music Teacher Mentoring Program Evaluation
Research Grant
20152016
Translational Research in Creative Practice
Research Grant
20152017
Creative Collaboratorium
Research Grant