Australian music studies aims to develop musicological research on Australian art and popular music including composers and performers of the twentieth century.
Music staff have produced three books on Australian composers of the twentieth century:
Collections at the Callaway Centre Archive provide significant resources for investigation.
- Sir Frank Callaway Collection contains material relating to Australian composer Percy Grainger and Russian composer and music educator Dmitri Kabalevsky, as well as correspondence and documents regarding music education and the Indian Ocean Arts Festival.
- Eileen Joyce Collection, donated by the concert pianist (1908-1991) who grew up in Western Australia, reveals much about pianism in the early-mid twentieth century.
- Hugh McMahon Collection (1870 - 1944) includes original manuscripts of opera arrangements, and published music by one of Australia’s most significant contributors to band music culture from 1897 to 1944.
- Handa Collection concentrates on the work of Australian musicians and composers during the past 100 years and encompasses classical and popular music as well as musical theatre.
Grants from the Australian Research Council have enabled the digitisation and state-of-the-art archival storage and cataloguing of some Callaway materials, making them available to researchers across Australia.