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Research events

Showcasing our specialist work and welcoming visiting academics

Our events reflect the Conservatorium's commitment to creative, academic and experimental research. Everyone is welcome to attend, and most of our events are free of charge.

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Alfred Samuel Hook (1886-1963) was a practising architect who believed architecture, like music, was "an art vital to people's prosperity". He helped found the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture in 1918, from which he retired as dean in 1949. Hook's other great love was music. Hook gave lunch-hour talks on the history of music, illustrated by the University’s collection of gramophone records. He was a member of the University's choral group and, as a keen organist, was associated with installing the University’s War Memorial Carillon in 1928 and founding the Department of Music in 1948.

The Alfred Hook lecture is made possible through a generous bequest from Doreen Robson. For more information, please email series coordinator and Research Services Manager Dr Joseph Toltz.

Previous events

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These free seminars are hosted by our Music Education staff. The series is designed to spark collegial debate among the music education community, including primary, high school and tertiary music educators, pre-service (undergraduate or postgraduate) music teachers, conductors of school and community ensembles, and practitioners in preschool education, special needs education and music therapy.

Each semester we invite leading practitioners and researchers to open discussion with a 20-minute TED-style presentation on a topic of their choice followed by a facilitated Q&A. The series is as much about participation as learning so we invite attendees to contribute and stay for refreshments and a chance to explore ideas informally.


Date Presenter Topic
6 March The Ableton University Tour Ableton Live Presentation

20 March             

James Madsen

Jam on Toast
6 May Dawn Bennett Balancing Musicians' Work: Teaching and Performing
15 May Samantha Coates
You Only THINK You Can't Read Music
27 May ASME
ASME Professional Learning Evening
Previous events

Please see our past events page.

Date Presenter Topic
6 March Philip Eames (University of Sydney) Understanding X: Towards the Analysis of Universal Voice Crossing

20 March             

Eric Isaacson (Indiana University, USA)

Communicating about Music through Images
3 April                  Catherine Ingram (University of Sydney) Reflections on the significance of place for East Asian Music
17 April                Dave Wilson (Victoria University, Wellington NZ) What Makes a Jazz Scene? Cosmopolitan Pathways Converge in Skopje, Macedonia

1 May                

Lewis Cornwell (University of Sydney) Theory Teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Imported Traditions and the Challenge of Inclusiveness
15 May Alan Davison (UTS)
James Barry’s (1741-1806) painting  Mercury (1774) and the mythological tradition of music and language
Previous events

Please see our past events page.