ANU School of Music is a leading centre for research in the fields of Australian Indigenous music, composition, ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music curatorship, music engagement and outreach, music technology, music theory and analysis, organology, historically informed performance, and popular music. We promote a vibrant research culture that actively engages with issues of social justice, sustainability and ethics, and contributes to innovation in the fields of musical creativity, scholarship and public policy. Our highly active staff works on a range of research projects to produce scholarly publications, live performances and other creative outputs, and provide expert supervision for research students working across a diverse range of topics.
In addition to this interdisciplinary research base, staff at ANU School of Music hold considerable expertise in a number of specific fields of inquiry.
Each semester, we also convene a robust series of ANU Music research seminars, which is the premier forum for academic staff, invited guests and postgraduate researchers of the ANU School of Music to present their work.
External research grants
Academic staff, honorary fellows and postgraduate students of the ANU School of Music have also forged a strong track record of building our research programs through a range of highly competitive external grants through peak bodies such as the Australian Research Council and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Music conferences and festivals
ANU School of Music regularly hosts conferences and festivals that offer valuable opportunities for research development and professional networking among staff, students, visitors, and government and industry partners. These include meetings of bodies in which our academics hold prominent leadership roles. Former Adjunct A/Prof Stephen Wild was Secretary-General of the peak UNESCO body, the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM), before being elected Vice-President in 2011. ANU School of Music was the 2015 host for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) ANZ branch conference, and in 2016 hosted the International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD) conference as well as the International Colourstrings Conference. In 2017 it hosted the Women in the Creative Arts International Conference, and in 2019 it will host the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) biennial conference.
Music research resources at ANU
Research within the ANU School of Music is supported by the extensive collection of musical scores and recordings in our Art and Music Library, and by our vast collection of musicial instruments and music technology from throughout history and around the world. Research students based on our Acton campus enjoy ready access to Australia's finest national libraries and collections, and can also be eligible to make use of ANU's Melbourne, Kioloa and Darwin campuses.