About Associate Professor Kathryn Marsh

Associate Professor Marsh is particularly interested in the ways in which children teach, learn and create music in a contemporary environment that reflects global and media-related influences.

Associate Professor Kathryn Marsh is Chair of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. With a background in both ethnomusicology and music education, her research interests include children’s musical play, children’s creativity, oral transmission, cross-cultural teaching and learning, primary and elementary music education and cultural diversity in music education.

Associate Professor Kathryn Marsh is Chair of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, where she teaches subjects relating to primary and elementary music education, cultural diversity in music education and music education research methods. With a PhD in ethnomusicology and a professional background in music education, her research interests include children’s musical play, children’s musical creativity, primary and elementary music education, multicultural and Aboriginal music education and the influence of the media on children’s learning and creation of music. She has written numerous scholarly and professional publications, including The Musical Playground: Global Tradition and Change in Children’s Songs and Games, published by Oxford University Press and has presented the results of her research internationally on a regular basis. She is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Music Education and Research Studies in Music Education and 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. As a member of a cross-disciplinary research team she has also 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.Areas of recent supervision include:

  • The teaching and learning of music in Torres Strait Island schools
  • Ways in which music learning meets the needs of refugees in Sydney
  • Cross-cultural transmission of West-African music in Australian community settings
  • Cross-cultural teaching, learning and performing issues and strategies
  • Professional musicians and the music education programs of arts organizations
  • The impact of the Creative arts K-6 syllabus on music teaching in NSW schools
  • Factors influencing student decisions to select music in NSW secondary schools
  • Selection procedures relating to vocal repertoire for HSC performance
  • Training of string teachers and teaching effectiveness

Selected publications

For more information about publications see my academic profile