Professor Margaret S. Barrett

Professor Margaret Barrett is Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University. She is a leading figure in music education nationally and internationally and has served as President of the Australian Society for Music Education (1999- 2001), President of the International Society for  Music Education (2012- 2014), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (2009 - 2011), and Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education (2013 - 2015). She is currently a Director of the Boards of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Music Festival, and the Australian Music Centre. Margaret has led six ARC Discovery grants and 2 ARC Linkage grants and been Co-CI on two further ARC grants. She has led industry research partnerships with the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australia Council for the Arts, and Musica Viva. Her research encompasses the investigation of Music and the Arts in human cognition and social and cultural development. Margaret’s research has addressed problems in aesthetic decision-making, the meaning and value of Arts engagement across the lifespan, young children’s musical thinking, young children’s identity work in and through music, and the pedagogies of creativity, collaboration, expertise and enterprise. She has received excellence awards for HDR Supervision (2016), Research Engagement (2016), and Teaching (2003). She has been awarded prestigious Fellowships including a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (2019), Beaufort Visiting Scholar at St John's College, University of Cambridge (2019), Research Fellow for the Fondation de Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Musique) Paris (2019), and a Creative Residency at the Britten Pears Foundation Snape Maltings (2020 deferred).

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