Music as a social science explores the production and perception of music from a range of social science perspectives and involves quantitative and qualitative investigations.
Social sciences were added to the research interests of the School following the appointment of Winthrop Professor Jane Davidson as Callaway/Tunley Chair of Music.
In this rapidly expanding field, Assistant Professor Bannan is:
Winthrop Professor Davidson is a world-leader in this field. Her work on performance expression and body movement has been pioneering, along with her studies of musical development and social interaction in performance ensembles.
Findings from a 13-year longitudinal, multi-methods investigation tracing musical journeys from initial instrumental tuition in primary school wind bands to young adulthood (From Child Learner to Adult Musician) were presented at international conferences in 2008 and 2009. Assistant Professor Faulkner and Professor Gary McPherson (University of Melbourne) are co-authors with Professor Davidson in a book titled Music in Our Lives: Redefining musical development, ability and identity which is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.