In 2015, with assistance from the Creative Collaboratorium Fellowship, Katie Zhukov began a collaborative project between UQ and the Royal Northern College of Music that involves embedding sight-reading training into undergraduate music curricula.

At both institutions, students undertaking sight-reading training and a control group are being tracked over one semester through weekly activities diaries and end-of-semester questionnaires to evaluate the impact of improved sight-reading skills on the educational pathways of music students.

In addition, Dr Zhukov is currently interviewing Australian classical pianists about their careers with the aim of identifying skills needed for successful music careers.

“The semi-structured interviews are focusing on acquisition of musical literacy, musical education, career paths, skills that contributed to their success and skills needed by piano undergraduates for the 21st century, Dr Zhukov said.

Dr Zhukov’s second collaborative project with Wirripang produced Australian Women Composers’ Piano Anthology (2015) – a collection of 15 new works by established and emerging women composers for intermediate-advanced piano students – that was launched at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Melbourne in July 2015. 

Cover of Australian Women Composers' Piano Anthology, by Dr Katie Zhukov

Project members