How important is music education in the lives of individuals and communities? How does music positively affect children and young adults with Special Education Needs? What facilitates and constrains music education in Australia? Join us to hear our expert panel explore these questions and more.

Supported by the School of Music's, Creative Collaboratorium, this presentation will bring together three global leaders in music education. Join Professor Graham Welch, University College London, Institute of Education, Richard Gill OAM and Professor Margaret Barrett, The University of Queensland, as they demonstrate the ways in which music education provides positive life and learning outcomes for participants. This presentation will report on how music research originating in the United Kingdom and Australia is having a global impact and the value of music making in young people's lives.


Professor Tim Dunne, Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Professor Graham Welch

Honorary Professor at UQ and Established Chair of Music Education at the University College London’s Institute of Education. Graham is also a Chief Investigator on a current ARC Discovery project led by CI Barrett.

Professor Graham Welch holds the UCL Institute of Education Established Chair of Music Education (since 2001). He is elected Chair of the internationally based Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE), a past President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) (from 2008 to 2014), and past Co-Chair of the ISME Research Commission. He holds Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Queensland (Australia) and within the UK at UEL, Liverpool and (recently) Canterbury Christ Church University, Roehampton and the Royal College of Music. He is also member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Review College for music.

Richard Gill

Richard Gill, OAM, is one of Australia’s pre-eminent and most admired conductors specialising in opera, musical theatre and vocal and choral training and is internationally respected as a music educator. Richard’s work in developing young musicians and creating opportunities for them is recognised world-wide. He is Founding Music Director and Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera and also Artistic Director of the Education Program for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has been Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Adviser for the Musica Viva In Schools program. This year Richard’s engagements will include Director of the National Music Camp for the Australian Youth Orchestra in Canberra, Discovery concerts (Sydney Symphony), Ears Wide Open (Melbourne Symphony), Schools concerts (Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), Sydney Chamber Choir, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Professor Margaret Barrett

Margaret Barrett is Professor and Head of the School of Music. She taught in primary schools as a music specialist prior to taking up an academic appointment at the University of Tasmania (1988 – 2008). Professor Barrett joined the University of Queensland as Head of the School of Music in 2008. Professor Barrett’s contribution to quality learning and teaching has been recognised through the award of a Teaching Excellence Award (UTAS, 2003) and Teaching Merit Certificate (UTAS 2002).

Professor Barrett’s research projects encompass 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 practice of creativity.

About Global Leadership Series

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The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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