Music Education Research in Australia-2009-2010

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The BAMER (Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research) database has recently been fully revised and updated, and all current information has transferred to a new BAMER website at . The BAMER website is part of the larger 'Australian Music Education Information and Resources' website at which has been developed as a service to music educators and music education researchers, both in Australia and overseas, and focuses on various aspects of Australian music education mainly from a scholarly research perspective. This website also include links to the 'History of Australian Music Education' and 'The Curwen Method' websites which are currently hosted at the Deakin University website but will be progressively re-located to the 'Australian Music Education Information and Resources' website.

The new BAMER website at includes a downloadable EndNoteX3 library (as a zip file) of all entries in the BAMER database as well as downloadable EndNote 'output' styles. Many Australian universities now have an EndNote X3 user license available to staff and students, but for those who may not have access to the EndNoteX3 program, a printout as an rtf document (readable by all word processors) of all BAMER entries is available for download. In addition, there are links to other useful databases including the Australia and New Zealand Postgraduate Music Research Thesis Register's 'Education and Pedagogy' listing at and the Australasian Digital Theses Program at .

The total number of entries in the BAMER database is now 587 entries. There are 497 'completed' research studies of which 144 are completed doctoral theses/dissertations. Additions to the database since the last report are listed below in 'Recently Completed PostGraduate Research Studies in Music Education'.

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) has a new website which can be accessed at http:// www.anzarme.org. The new website includes details of ANZARME's XXXIIIrd Conference which will be held at the Crowne Plaza on the Gold Coast in Queensland from 6 to 8 July 2011. Participants are invited to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at the conference by the closing date of 1 March, 2011. Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation with an extra 5 minutes for questions and discussion. For further enquiries and submission of abstracts, please contact Kay Hartwig .

The appointment of music education and early childhood education specialist Susan Wright to the Chair of Arts Education at The University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education was announced recently. Susan comes from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore where she was professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Special Needs Education. Together with the appointment to professorial chairs of Gary McPherson (Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne), Margaret Barrett (Head of the School of Music at the University of Queensland), and Huib Schippers (Director of Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University) over the last couple of years, Australian music education is now well served in terms of research leadership. In addition, there are now well experienced music education researchers in place in Schools/Faculties of Music or Education at most of Australia's thirty nine universities. Many of these music education researchers are able to undertake supervision of higher degrees by research and/or research papers for coursework higher degrees. For music educators who may be interested in undertaking a research study for a higher degree, it would be well worth browsing through the EndNoteX3 library or the listing of entries (in the downloadable rtf document) of the BAMER database to identify universities and supervisors who may best be able to supervise in your area of research interest. …