The team was led by Professor Don Lebler, the recipient of a 2009 ALTC citation for developing assessment innovations in music courses to enhance students’ critical reflection skills, in addition to achieving the musical goals of a conservatorium education. Professor Lebler has been responsible for the introduction of innovative assessment methods in the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University‘s Bachelor of Popular Music program. A review of the QCGU Bachelor of Music program was conducted under his leadership in 2010, resulting in major changes to this program being implemented in 2011. He provided overall intellectual leadership of the project, its design, content, and outcomes.
Team member Professor Scott Harrison is Director of QCGU. Professor Harrison contributed his experience in successful ALTC projects to the development and implementation of the project method and approach. He was the key liaison contact with the partner institution members. Professor Harrison was a member of the project team for Bridging the Gaps in Music Teacher Education (musicteachersoz.org) from 2006 to 2008 and is recipient of a 2010 ALTC Award for Teaching Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts. He brought to the project substantial expertise from both music pedagogy and music education, and experience in developing critical reflection of participants in post-graduate music training.
Professor Gemma Carey is Deputy Director (Teaching and Learning), Head of Pedagogy Studies and former Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Music program at QCGU. Together with Professor Harrison, Associate Professor Carey has participated in the design and implementation of the project at the host institution, including the mapping and analysis of the alignment of TLOs with the graduate / program / course outcome statements at the host institution. Associate Professor Carey has investigated the interaction between learning, studio teaching and assessment, and the effect of graduate outcomes of music education on real world career options for musicians. She contributed new ways of thinking about course programs and course development within the QCGU. Associate Professor Carey has been a central participant in the recent reform of the Bachelor of Music program.
Dr Melissa Cain is a flautist and educator with a passion for Asian and Pacific musics. She has qualifications in music, education, Indonesian and ethnomusicology, and studied Javanese and Sundanese gamelan while resident in Singapore for 20 years. Melissa’s doctoral work explored the ways that philosophy, policy, teacher training and curriculum documents effect practice in the music classroom. Her current research interests include culturally diverse musics education, music and health intersections, and assessment in music in conservatoire settings. Melissa is a researcher and lecturer, and project manager for the Assessment in Music project at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She was recently awarded the Callaway Doctoral Award by the Australian Society for Music Education.