The Project’s Reference Group includes:
- Member organisations of NACTMUS comprising 23 Australian institutions of higher music education;
- Emeritus Professor Royce Sadler, an internationally respected scholar in the field of education with particular focus on assessment;
- Professor Jonathan Holmes, ALTC Discipline Scholar who was responsible for the development of the Threshold Learning Outcomes Statement for the Creative and Performing Arts;
- Professor Helena Gaunt, Assistant Principal (Research and Staff Development) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, an internationally recognized leader in research into learning and teaching in the Conservatoire context;
- Professor Heidi Westerlund, head of Music Education Research at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, a leading institution in the European conservatoire context; and
- Professor Glenn Finger, Dean, Learning and Teaching, Arts, Education and Law, Griffith University, an award-winning teacher and widely published author.
The Reference Group provided the project expert advice, guidance, and feedback on the design, delivery, and evaluation of the project. The inclusion of NACTMUS members (National Council of Tertiary Music Schools) as part of the reference group ensured the project had maximum impact within the 23 Australian Universities who are NACTMUS members.
The project team also has strong relationships with international partners, and its work is of considerable interest in Europe in relation to assessment and standards, particularly how these are related between institutions and national systems. Linkages between the project and the international community were enhanced by the QCGU’s membership of a collaborative group called ConNext (developed from a previous collaborative group called the Pentacon), which is committed to a free exchange of experience, best practice, research outcomes, key staff, and students, as well as a number of concrete joint projects including regular symposia, research festivals and meetings of the leadership group. The group includes the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal; Royal Conservatoire of The Hague; Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore; the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo: the Orpheus Institute, Ghent; and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. The project leader has established strong collegiate and collaborative relationships with academics from this group, particularly at the Guildhall and Sibelius Academy. He has given four invited presentations in Europe since 2012 specifically about the work of this project and its relevance in the international higher music education community.