Professor Kathryn Marsh

BA(Hons) DipEd SydTeachColl PhD
Associate Professor in Music Education

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1333

Biographical details

With a PhD in ethnomusicology and a professional background in music education, Associate Professor Kathryn Marsh’s research interests include children’s musical play, children’s musical creativity, primary and elementary music education, cultural diversity in music education, the influence of the media on children’s learning and creation of music and the role of music in the lives of refugee children. She has written numerous scholarly and professional publications and is regularly invited to present the results of her research internationally. Her book The Musical Playground: Global Tradition and Change in Children’s Songs and Games, published by Oxford University Press, won the British Folklore Society’s Katharine Briggs Award and the American Folklore Society’s Opie Award and has been widely acclaimed. She is the editor of Research Studies in Music Education and a member of the editorial boards of Psychology of Music and the International Journal of Play. She is also section editor of the seminal Oxford Handbook of Music Education (2012) and has recently served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Music and Research Studies in Music Education.

Professor Marsh has been the recipient of major national research grants which have involved large scale international cross-cultural collaborative research into children’s musical play in Australia, Europe, the UK, USA and Korea. Her field recordings from this research are now held as a special collection in the British Library. Current national grants from the Australian Research Council and Office of Learning and Teaching are enabling her involvement in research and tertiary teaching projects that respectively investigate the interface between intergenerational transmission of Aboriginal performance genres and school curriculum in the Kimberley area of Western Australia and develop tertiary student cultural competence through service learning with Aboriginal communities in central Australia.

As a member of a cross-disciplinary research team, she conducted the National Review of School Music Education for the Department of Education Science and Training, exploring the status and quality of music education in Australian schools. She is frequently invited to advise on curriculum development at the state and national levels and has been a visiting fellow at the University of Washington and University of London.

Selected grants

2015

  • Music in the lives of Refugee and Immigrant children: Investigating records from the Refugee Studies Centre; Marsh K; Sydney Conservatorium of Music/Research and Conference Travel Grant.
  • Video Research Data Archiving Suite; Barwick L, Enfield N, Marsh K, Turpin M, Ingram C; DVC Research/Equipment Grant.
  • Australian Indigenous music in pre-service teacher education: Learning from and through collaboration; Webb M, Bracknell C, Barwick L, Marsh K; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2014

  • An exploratory study of music in the lives of refugee and newly arrived immigrant children in Australia; Marsh K; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2013

  • Children, Knowledge and Country: Evaluating and developing music-based strategies for teaching and learning in remote Aboriginal communities in WA; Treloyn S, Davidson J, Marsh K, Emberly A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2011

  • Enhancing Indigenous Content in Performing Arts Curricula through Service Learning with Indigenous Communities; Marsh K; Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)..../Research Support.

2009

  • An investigation of the role of music in the lives of refugee children in Sydney; Marsh K; University of Sydney/Research Support.

2008

  • Digitisation of cross-cultural field recordings for archiving, repository & publication; Marsh K; University of Sydney/Research Support.

2005

  • National Review of School Music Education.; Marsh K; DEST/Other.

2002

  • A cross-cultural study of the music play practices of children in school playgrounds; Marsh K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • A cross-cultural study of the musical play practices of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in central Australian school playgrounds; Marsh K; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).
  • A cross-cultural study of the musical play practices of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in central Australian school playgrounds.; Marsh K; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies/AIATSIS Research Grants.

2000

  • Music educators national conference, Washington, USA, 8-11 March 2000; Marsh K; Ian Potter Foundation/Research Grants.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Marsh, K. (2008). The Musical Playground: Global Tradition and Change in Childrens Songs and Games. New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Marsh, K., Dieckmann, S. (2016). Interculturality in the playground and playgroup: Music as shared space for young immigrant children and their mothers. In Pamela Burnard, Elizabeth Mackinlay, Kimberly Powell (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research, (pp. 358-368). Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Marsh, K., Young, S. (2016). Musical Play. In Gary E. McPherson (Eds.), The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development (2nd edition), (pp. 462-484). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Marsh, K. (2015). Music, social justice, and social inclusion: The role of collaborative music activities in supporting young refugees and newly arrived immigrants in Australia. In Cathy Benedict, Patrick Schmidt, Gary Spruce, & Paul Woodford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education, (pp. 173-189). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2013). Music in the Lives of Refugee and Newly Arrived Immigrant Children in Sydney, Australia. In Patricia Shehan Campbell, Trevor Wiggins (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures, (pp. 491-509). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Harwood, E., Marsh, K. (2012). Children's Ways of Learning Inside and Outside The Classroom. In Gary E McPherson and Graham F Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, (pp. 322-340). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2012). Commentary: Music Learning and Teaching During Childhood: Ages 5-12. In Gary E McPherson and Graham F Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, (pp. 317-321). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lum, C., Marsh, K. (2012). Multiple Worlds of Childhood: Culture and the Classroom. In Gary E McPherson and Graham F Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, (pp. 381-398). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2011). Meaning-making through musical play: cultural psychology of the playground. In Margaret S. Barrett (Eds.), A Cultural Psychology of Music Education, (pp. 41-60). UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2011). The Permeable Classroom: Learning, Teaching, and Musical Identity in a Remote Australian Aboriginal Homelands School. In Lucy Green (Eds.), Learning, Teaching, and Musical Identity: Voices Across Cultures, (pp. 20-32). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2009). Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Empowerment Through Music - A Commentary. In Margaret S. Barrett and Sandra L. Stauffer (Eds.), Narrative Inquiry in Music Education: Troubling Certainty, (pp. 153-156). USA: Springer Science+Business Media.
  • Marsh, K. (2007). Here, alive and accessible: The role of an inquiry-based fieldwork project in changing students' attitudes to cultural diversity in music education. In Angela Brew & Judyth Sachs (Eds.), Transforming a university: the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice, (pp. 47-55). NSW, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Marsh, K., Young, S. (2006). Musical Play. In Gary E. McPherson (Eds.), The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development, (pp. 289-310). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2005). A Cross-Cultural Study of the Musical Play Practices of Children in School Playgrounds. In Victoria Rogers, David Symons (Eds.), The Legacy of John Blacking: Essays on Music, Culture and Society, (pp. 152-166). Perth: University of Western Australia Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2005). Going Behind Doors: The role of Fieldwork in Changing Tertiary Students' Attitudes to World Music Education. In P.Shehan Campbell; J.Drummond; P.Dunbar; K.Howard + (Eds.), Cultural diversity in music education, (pp. 37-47). Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2001). It's not all black or white: the influence of the media, the classroom and immigrant groups on children's playground singing games. In Julia C Bishop and Mavis Curtis (Eds.), Play Today In The Primary School Playground, (pp. 80-97). Buckingham: Philadelphia: Open University Press.

Journals

  • Marsh, K. (2017). Creating bridges: Music, play and wellbeing in the lives of refugee and immigrant children and young people. Music Education Research, 19(1), 60-73. [More Information]
  • Bartleet, B., Bennett, D., Marsh, K., Power, A., Sunderland, N. (2014). Reconciliation and Transformation through Mutual Learning: Outlining a Framework for Arts-based Service Learning with Indigenous Communities in Australia. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 15(8), 1-23.
  • Marsh, K. (2013). Editorial. Research Studies in Music Education, 35(1), 3-5. [More Information]
  • Marsh, K. (2012). "The beat will make you be courage": The role of a secondary school music program in supporting young refugees and newly arrived immigrants in Australia. Research Studies in Music Education, 34(2), 93-111. [More Information]
  • Marsh, K. (2009). Music education ethnographic research and thick description: a response. Research Studies in Music Education, 31(1), 96-100. [More Information]
  • Marsh, K., Young-Youn, K. (2006). A Tale of Three Cities: Children's Musical Play in Australia, Korea and the USA. Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, 4(1), 3-20.
  • Marsh, K. (2006). Cycles of Appropriation in Children's Musical Play: Orality in the Age of Reproduction. The World of Music, 48(1), 9-32.
  • Marsh, K. (2005). Worlds of Play: The effects of Context and Culture on the Musical Play of Young Children. Early Childhood Connections, 11(1), 32-36.
  • Marsh, K. (2002). Observations on a Case Study of Song Transmission and Preservation in Two Aboriginal Communities: Dilemmas of a 'Neo-colonialist' in the Field. Research Studies in Music Education, 19(December 2002), 4-13. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Marsh, K. (2009). Musical understanding in the playground. Australian Society for Music Education XVII National Conference 2009, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Marsh, K. (2009). Performance in the Playground: A Cross-Cultural Study of School Children's Musical Play. 6th International Research in Music Education Conference RIME 2009.
  • Marsh, K. (2008). Cross-cultural transmission and children's musical play: Lessons from the playground. CDIME-NINE Ninth International Conference: Cultural Diversity in Music Education, Seattle, Washington: CDIME.
  • Marsh, K. (2007). Sar macka dora: A case study of cross-cultural transmission and variabillity in children's musical play. Australian Society for Music Education Inc. XVI National Conference: Celebrating Musical Communities, Nedlands, Western Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Marsh, K. (2007). Understanding children's learning and teaching processes in musical play: A view across cultures. Conference on Learning and Teaching, USA: Oakland University.
  • Marsh, K. (2006). "Playlikeness" in School Children's Musical Play: A Cross-cultural Perspective. 21st International Seminar on Research in Music Education, International Society for Music Education (2006), Hong Kong: International Society of Music Education (ISME). [More Information]
  • Marsh, K. (2006). Cross-cultural transmission and variability in children's musical play: A case study. Society for Ethnomusicology 51st Annual Conference - Decolonizing Ethnomusicology, Honolulu: Society for Ethnomusicology.
  • Marsh, K. (2005). Multiple Voices in Children's Musical Play: Learning in Context. Australian Society for Music Education XV National Conference Melbourne ASME2005, Melbourne, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Marsh, K. (2004). Worlds of play: The effects of context and culture on the musical play of young children. ISME Early Childhood Conference 'Els Móns Musical Dels Infants' (The Musical Worlds of Children). International Society of Music Education (ISME).
  • Marsh, K. (2003). Across virtualities and realities: the role of audiovisual media in song acquisition and preservation in outback Australia. SAMSPEL -ISME 2002, Bergen: Deia Centre, Bergen University College.
  • Marsh, K. (2003). Playground pedagogy: a comparison of transmission processes in children's musical play in Sydney and the Northern Territory. Australian Society for Music Education XIV National Conference, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Marsh, K. (2002). Children's Song Acquisition: an Enthnomusicological Perspective. 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC7), Adelaide, SA: Causal Publications.

Report

  • Pascoe, R., Leong, S., MacCallum, J., Mackinlay, E., Marsh, K., Smith, B., Church, T., Winterton, A. (2005). National review of school music education.

Reference Works

  • Marsh, K. (2003). Children. In J. Shepherd, D. Horn, D. Laing, P. Oliver, P. Wicke (Eds.), The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Media, Industry and Society. UK: Continuum.
  • Marsh, K. (2003). Children's music. In John Whiteoak & Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia. Currency House Inc.
  • Marsh, K. (2003). Playground songs, rhymes and chants.

Other

  • Marsh, K. (2010), Children's Playground Games and Songs in the New Media Age.
  • Marsh, K. (2010), That's the way i like it: A Children's guide to musical meaning transmission and performance.

2017

  • Marsh, K. (2017). Creating bridges: Music, play and wellbeing in the lives of refugee and immigrant children and young people. Music Education Research, 19(1), 60-73. [More Information]

2016

  • Marsh, K., Dieckmann, S. (2016). Interculturality in the playground and playgroup: Music as shared space for young immigrant children and their mothers. In Pamela Burnard, Elizabeth Mackinlay, Kimberly Powell (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research, (pp. 358-368). Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Marsh, K., Young, S. (2016). Musical Play. In Gary E. McPherson (Eds.), The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development (2nd edition), (pp. 462-484). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2015

  • Marsh, K. (2015). Music, social justice, and social inclusion: The role of collaborative music activities in supporting young refugees and newly arrived immigrants in Australia. In Cathy Benedict, Patrick Schmidt, Gary Spruce, & Paul Woodford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education, (pp. 173-189). New York: Oxford University Press.

2014

  • Bartleet, B., Bennett, D., Marsh, K., Power, A., Sunderland, N. (2014). Reconciliation and Transformation through Mutual Learning: Outlining a Framework for Arts-based Service Learning with Indigenous Communities in Australia. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 15(8), 1-23.

2013

  • Marsh, K. (2013). Editorial. Research Studies in Music Education, 35(1), 3-5. [More Information]
  • Marsh, K. (2013). Music in the Lives of Refugee and Newly Arrived Immigrant Children in Sydney, Australia. In Patricia Shehan Campbell, Trevor Wiggins (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures, (pp. 491-509). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

2012

  • Marsh, K. (2012). "The beat will make you be courage": The role of a secondary school music program in supporting young refugees and newly arrived immigrants in Australia. Research Studies in Music Education, 34(2), 93-111. [More Information]
  • Harwood, E., Marsh, K. (2012). Children's Ways of Learning Inside and Outside The Classroom. In Gary E McPherson and Graham F Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, (pp. 322-340). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2012). Commentary: Music Learning and Teaching During Childhood: Ages 5-12. In Gary E McPherson and Graham F Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, (pp. 317-321). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lum, C., Marsh, K. (2012). Multiple Worlds of Childhood: Culture and the Classroom. In Gary E McPherson and Graham F Welch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, (pp. 381-398). New York: Oxford University Press.

2011

  • Marsh, K. (2011). Meaning-making through musical play: cultural psychology of the playground. In Margaret S. Barrett (Eds.), A Cultural Psychology of Music Education, (pp. 41-60). UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2011). The Permeable Classroom: Learning, Teaching, and Musical Identity in a Remote Australian Aboriginal Homelands School. In Lucy Green (Eds.), Learning, Teaching, and Musical Identity: Voices Across Cultures, (pp. 20-32). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

2010

  • Marsh, K. (2010), Children's Playground Games and Songs in the New Media Age.
  • Marsh, K. (2010), That's the way i like it: A Children's guide to musical meaning transmission and performance.

2009

  • Marsh, K. (2009). Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Empowerment Through Music - A Commentary. In Margaret S. Barrett and Sandra L. Stauffer (Eds.), Narrative Inquiry in Music Education: Troubling Certainty, (pp. 153-156). USA: Springer Science+Business Media.
  • Marsh, K. (2009). Music education ethnographic research and thick description: a response. Research Studies in Music Education, 31(1), 96-100. [More Information]
  • Marsh, K. (2009). Musical understanding in the playground. Australian Society for Music Education XVII National Conference 2009, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Marsh, K. (2009). Performance in the Playground: A Cross-Cultural Study of School Children's Musical Play. 6th International Research in Music Education Conference RIME 2009.

2008

  • Marsh, K. (2008). Cross-cultural transmission and children's musical play: Lessons from the playground. CDIME-NINE Ninth International Conference: Cultural Diversity in Music Education, Seattle, Washington: CDIME.
  • Marsh, K. (2008). The Musical Playground: Global Tradition and Change in Childrens Songs and Games. New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

2007

  • Marsh, K. (2007). Here, alive and accessible: The role of an inquiry-based fieldwork project in changing students' attitudes to cultural diversity in music education. In Angela Brew & Judyth Sachs (Eds.), Transforming a university: the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice, (pp. 47-55). NSW, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2007). Sar macka dora: A case study of cross-cultural transmission and variabillity in children's musical play. Australian Society for Music Education Inc. XVI National Conference: Celebrating Musical Communities, Nedlands, Western Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Marsh, K. (2007). Understanding children's learning and teaching processes in musical play: A view across cultures. Conference on Learning and Teaching, USA: Oakland University.

2006

  • Marsh, K. (2006). "Playlikeness" in School Children's Musical Play: A Cross-cultural Perspective. 21st International Seminar on Research in Music Education, International Society for Music Education (2006), Hong Kong: International Society of Music Education (ISME). [More Information]
  • Marsh, K., Young-Youn, K. (2006). A Tale of Three Cities: Children's Musical Play in Australia, Korea and the USA. Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, 4(1), 3-20.
  • Marsh, K. (2006). Cross-cultural transmission and variability in children's musical play: A case study. Society for Ethnomusicology 51st Annual Conference - Decolonizing Ethnomusicology, Honolulu: Society for Ethnomusicology.
  • Marsh, K. (2006). Cycles of Appropriation in Children's Musical Play: Orality in the Age of Reproduction. The World of Music, 48(1), 9-32.
  • Marsh, K., Young, S. (2006). Musical Play. In Gary E. McPherson (Eds.), The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development, (pp. 289-310). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2005

  • Marsh, K. (2005). A Cross-Cultural Study of the Musical Play Practices of Children in School Playgrounds. In Victoria Rogers, David Symons (Eds.), The Legacy of John Blacking: Essays on Music, Culture and Society, (pp. 152-166). Perth: University of Western Australia Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2005). Going Behind Doors: The role of Fieldwork in Changing Tertiary Students' Attitudes to World Music Education. In P.Shehan Campbell; J.Drummond; P.Dunbar; K.Howard + (Eds.), Cultural diversity in music education, (pp. 37-47). Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.
  • Marsh, K. (2005). Multiple Voices in Children's Musical Play: Learning in Context. Australian Society for Music Education XV National Conference Melbourne ASME2005, Melbourne, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Pascoe, R., Leong, S., MacCallum, J., Mackinlay, E., Marsh, K., Smith, B., Church, T., Winterton, A. (2005). National review of school music education.
  • Marsh, K. (2005). Worlds of Play: The effects of Context and Culture on the Musical Play of Young Children. Early Childhood Connections, 11(1), 32-36.

2004

  • Marsh, K. (2004). Worlds of play: The effects of context and culture on the musical play of young children. ISME Early Childhood Conference 'Els Móns Musical Dels Infants' (The Musical Worlds of Children). International Society of Music Education (ISME).

2003

  • Marsh, K. (2003). Across virtualities and realities: the role of audiovisual media in song acquisition and preservation in outback Australia. SAMSPEL -ISME 2002, Bergen: Deia Centre, Bergen University College.
  • Marsh, K. (2003). Children. In J. Shepherd, D. Horn, D. Laing, P. Oliver, P. Wicke (Eds.), The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Media, Industry and Society. UK: Continuum.
  • Marsh, K. (2003). Children's music. In John Whiteoak & Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia. Currency House Inc.
  • Marsh, K. (2003). Playground pedagogy: a comparison of transmission processes in children's musical play in Sydney and the Northern Territory. Australian Society for Music Education XIV National Conference, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Marsh, K. (2003). Playground songs, rhymes and chants.

2002

  • Marsh, K. (2002). Children's Song Acquisition: an Enthnomusicological Perspective. 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC7), Adelaide, SA: Causal Publications.
  • Marsh, K. (2002). Observations on a Case Study of Song Transmission and Preservation in Two Aboriginal Communities: Dilemmas of a 'Neo-colonialist' in the Field. Research Studies in Music Education, 19(December 2002), 4-13. [More Information]

2001

  • Marsh, K. (2001). It's not all black or white: the influence of the media, the classroom and immigrant groups on children's playground singing games. In Julia C Bishop and Mavis Curtis (Eds.), Play Today In The Primary School Playground, (pp. 80-97). Buckingham: Philadelphia: Open University Press.

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