Associate Professor Denis Collins is an internationally recognised historical musicologist and music theorist. He studied music at University College Dublin and was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, USA, where he was awarded MA and PhD degrees in musicology. His publications have appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and edited collections of essays, and his research on canonic techniques in Western art music has been supported by major national competitive grants from the Australian Research Council. An enthusiastic and committed teacher, Denis coordinates and teaches courses in musicianship, counterpoint, music history and research methods. He supervises Honours and postgraduate students on a wide variety of topics, and he has held the posts of Director of Teaching & Learning, Research and Research Training and Acting Head of School.

Researcher biography

Denis Collins is a world authority on the history of compositional techniques, especially counterpoint, in Western art music from the late Middle Ages to the time of J.S. Bach. He has been Lead Chief Investigator on two Discovery Projects awarded by the Australian Research Council: "Canonic techniques and musical change from c.1330 to c.1530" (2015-17) and "The art and science of canon in the music of early 17th-century Rome" (2018-20). He was an Associate Investigator at the ARC's Centre for the History of Emotions in Europe, 1100-1800. He has published extensively in Australian and international music journals and he presents the results of his research regularly at international conferences and symposia.

Featured projects Duration
Canonic Techniques and Musical Change
Research Grant
Creative Collaboratorium
Research Grant

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