PhD Scholarship in Music

Signature pedagogies for creative collaboration: Lessons for and from music

Job No.: XXXX

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $29,500 per annum 2021 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at:

The Opportunity

This PhD scholarship is an important part of the Australian Research Council funded project Signature pedagogies for creative collaboration: Lessons for and from music. A team led by Professor Margaret Barrett (Monash University), Professor Andrea Creech (McGill University), and, the successful PhD candidate will undertake the study over the next 3 years.

This project aims to develop a model of the signature pedagogies and environmental supports that foster the 21st century skills of creativity, innovation, collaboration and cooperation. The project's significance lies in its unique focus on pedagogies of expert creative collaborative practice in four internationally renowned chamber music training environments. These are characterised by individual risk in performance, intensified need for collaborative exchange, and the capacity to juxtapose individual accountability within collaborative practices. Expected outcomes and benefits of the project include a model that has translational application and impact for those professions that rely on generating new knowledge in collaborative settings. The research aims to:

  1. Identify the signature pedagogical strategies that promote and support expert creative collaboration;
  2. Identify the environmental affordances and constraints that support and underpin expert creative collaboration;
  3. Develop a pedagogical model of expert creative collaboration that has translational impact beyond music disciplines;
  4. Provide policy makers and educators with new knowledge of pedagogical processes and practices that stimulate expert creative collaboration in music and the translational possibilities of such knowledge.

The successful applicant will join the research team and will undertake a PhD project within one of the Chamber Music settings (Speak Percussion, Melbourne, Australia) that aligns with the above project aims. The PhD candidate will undertake data generation in the case study, be mentored in archival research, ethnographic methodology, research design, ethical knowledge and practice, data collection and analysis, literature reviews and development of publications.

Undertaking this PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages. First, the successful candidate will be integrated into a prestigious and competitive Australian Research Council funded project and will have access to funding to support fieldwork, travel, and conference attendance. Second, the candidate will receive expert supervision from research leaders in music education, creativity, and cultural psychology. Finally, the candidate will benefit from collaborative opportunities such as co-authored publications, interviews, and connections with industry, including an industry round table conference as part of the project.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide, with Monash Performing Arts ranked equal 20th in the world in the QS Top Universities rankings. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne within the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Music at Monash is diverse and vibrant, with a strong cohort of researchers working in jazz performance, education, artistic and practice-based research, career development, Australian music, and gender studies. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognised scholars who attract national and international competitive funding.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an outstanding academic track record and demonstrable interest in Music Education, Creativity and Collaboration. Demonstrated expertise in the following: qualitative research methods, education, creativity, collaboration, and chamber music performance are desirable.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that respects and embraces differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University, which includes English language proficiency skills. In its assessment, the Committee will prioritise applicants who hold an Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with first class honours or qualifications (including international) and/or research experience deemed equivalent by the University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by 1 June 2021.  However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Professor Margaret Barrett, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music:

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A research proposal (not exceeding 750 words) that aligns with the project aims and objectives, and demonstrates some understanding of the research area
  • A curriculum vitae, including a full list of any publications, non-traditional research outcomes such as performances, recordings and broadcasts, conference presentations and any relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

EOIs should be sent in the form of a single attachment to an email, to Ms Kinda Say, Faculty of Arts, at the following email address  State “EOI [your name] - PhD Scholarship in Music – Signature Pedagogies of Creative Collaboration -  in the subject heading of the email.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (by video call if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English and audio recorded.

Closing Date

Monday 15th March 2021, 11:59pm AEDT