Professor Margaret Barrett appointed to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University is delighted to welcome Professor Margaret Barrett as Professor from July 2020. The announcement comes following the appointment of soprano, composer and educator Professor Deborah Cheetham AO as Professor of Practice, as well as staff members to the Classical department, Aura Go (piano), Dr Nicole Canham (clarinet), Dr Louise Devenish (percussion) and Dr Anna McMichael (violin).

'Professor Barrett is an an outstanding leader, research collaborator and colleague,' said Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts.

‘This appointment is an exciting development in research growth and development at the School of Music, creating a powerful Professoriate to lead a new generation of music makers and thinkers,' said Professor Cat Hope, Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

Professor Barrett has most recently served as Head of School at the University of Queensland and is a leading figure in Australian and international music education. Among her many achievements Professor Barrett was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in 2018 to undertake preliminary investigations of children’s singing and song-making in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute, and the Library of Congress (Washington DC) and was elected Beaufort Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College University of Cambridge in 2019. She has just returned from research residency funded by the Foundation de Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics /Musique) investigating creative pedagogy and transmission practices.  She was awarded the Fellowship of the Australian Society for Music Education in 2011. Professor Barrett has held six ARC grants in addition to numerous other funded research projects and led the development of the Creative Collaboratorium at the University of Queensland.

Currently, Professor Barrett holds positions as a Director of the Australian Music Centre, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Music Festival. She has served as President of the International Society for Music Education (2012-2014), Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education (2013-2015), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (2009-2011), board member of the International Society for Music Education (2008-2010), and National President of the Australian Society for Music Education (1999-2001).

In addition, Professor Barrett has been an advisor for arts and educational bodies nationally and internationally, including the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority, and the United Kingdom Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Her research encompasses the investigation of the role of Music and the Arts in human cognition and social and cultural development. Her research has addressed problems in the areas of aesthetic decision-making, the meaning and value of Arts engagement for young people, young children's musical thinking, young children's identity work in and through music, teaching and learning practices in the arts, and the pedagogy and practices of creativity. A key aspect of her work has been the development of innovative arts-based inquiry and expertise in music and music education.