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Overview

Current Work

Catherine Grant is author of the book "Music Endangerment: How Language Maintenance Can Help" (Oxford University Press, 2014), co-editor of "Sustainable Futures for Music Cultures (OUP, 2016), and has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters in the fields of ethnomusicology and music education.

Catherine is Chair of the Australia-New Zealand Regional Committee of the International Council for Traditional Music, and international consultant to the Intangible Cultural Heritage division of the Ministry for Culture and Fine Arts, Royal Government of Cambodia. She is former recipient of the Griffith University Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in PhD Research, an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship, and was awarded the 2015 Australian Future Justice medal for her research, advocacy and activism on cultural sustainability.

Catherine has presented on her research in Australia, the UK, USA, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. Her applied work on music endangerment and sustainability has featured in media including the Boston Globe, The Australian, The Conversation, The Cambodia Daily, and radio stations in Australia and the USA.

In addition to her ethnomusicological research, Catherine has led and published research on various aspects of higher music education, including developing global citizenship in students, social justice education, and maximising learning outcomes in both one-to-one and lecture-room contexts.
 

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Expertise Keywords

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Music and social justice
  • Music society and culture
  • Music sustainability
  • Tertiary music education

Subject Area Codes

  • EDUCATION
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Country Affiliations

  • Cambodia
  • Vanuatu

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 44 (Other: 44)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Panelist
    Cultural Sustainability in an Era of Globalisation,   Smithsonian Institution Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, USA,   2016,  
  • External examiner PhD
    External Examiner, PhD thesis in ethnomusicology,   Central Queensland University,   2016,  
  • Plenary
    World Conference opening plenary speaker,   International Council for Traditional Music,   2015,  
  • Collaboration
    International Expert Reviewer, national arts funding applications,   Kazakhstan Government,   2015,  
  • Commission
    International consultant,   Ministry for Culture and Fine Arts, Royal Government of Cambodia,   2015,  
  • Radio
    Interviewee on cultural sustainability (ABC Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, 2SER Sydney),   ABC,   2015,  
  • Presentation
    Speaker, Workshop Presenter,   Smithsonian Institution Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage,   2014,  

Learning and Teaching

Contribution to Learning and Teaching

Grant has coordinated and lectured undergraduate and postgraduate courses on world music and ethnomusicology; Western music history and literature; advanced music theory and analysis; research approaches; and musicians' health and wellbeing. In 2015, her article on flipped learning in the tertiary music context featured as one of two readings on flipped learning in the NMC Horizon Report.

Grant has managed a number of projects relating to teaching and learning music in higher education contexts. She was project manager for the OLT fellowship "Pro-active music higher research degrees" (2012-2013); co-ordinator for the project "Investigating the one-to-one conservatoire teaching model" at Queensland Conservatorium (2012-2013); and member of the reference team for an Australian Learning & Teaching Council-funded project to embed healthcare awareness within the tertiary music curriculum in Australia (2010-2011). She is current project team member for an Office for Learning and Teaching project that aims to embed transformative pedagogical practices in the one-to-one music learning environment.

Grant has higher research degree supervision and examination experience, and is a qualified and experienced teacher and teacher-trainer of English as a Second Language (CELTA, TESOL Cert IV, Workplace Training Cert IV).
 

Current and Past Courses

  • Exploring Music (1101QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Intro to Music Research (2329QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Music in Contemporary Contexts (1102QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Music and Society (2100QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • World Music (2105QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Exploring Music (1101QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Music in Contemporary Contexts (1102QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Intro to Music Research (2329QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Global Local Music Project (5911QCM)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, In Field, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Music in Contemporary Contexts (1102QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Music and Society (2100QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Exploring Music (1101QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • English in Music 1 (1022QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • English for Music 1 (7022QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Baroque Studies (2101QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Classical Studies (2102QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Intro to Music Research (2329QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Intro to Music Research (2329QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Music in Contemporary Contexts (1102QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Music in Contemporary Contexts (1102QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Music and Society (2100QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Music and Society (2100QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Music across Cultures (2105QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Music across Cultures (2105QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Introduction to Music Research (7011QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Intro to Music Research (2329QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

Recent supervisions (5 years to 2018):

PhD candidate QCGU. Balinese gamelan in Australian schools.
PhD candidate QCGU. Cuban batà drumming.
PhD candidate QCGU. Post-conflict music interventions.
PhD candidate QCGU. Contemporary vocal pedagogy.
PhD candidate QCGU. Argentinian tango practice.

DMA candidate QCGU. Intercultural (Indian-European) arts practice.

Masters of Music (Research) candidate QCGU. Vocal world music fusion.
Masters of Music (Research) candidate QCGU. Music practice strategies.
Masters of Arts (Research) candidate GU/QCGU. Aboriginal youth choir.

Bachelor of Music (Hons) QCGU. Female Queensland composers.
Bachelor of Music (Hons) QCGU. Culturally diverse tertiary music education.
Bachelor of Music (Hons) QCGU. Music and depression.
Bachelor of Music (Hons) QCGU. Teaching healthy posture to young flutists.
Bachelor of Music (Hons) QCGU. Women and orientalism in 19thC French opera.

Background

Bio

Dr Catherine Grant received the national Future Justice medal for her research, advocacy and activism on cultural sustainability. Her PhD was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Medal for Excellence, and the related book "Music Endangerment: How Language Maintenance Can Help" was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Grant has undertaken fieldwork with communities in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Australia, including for six months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an Endeavour Australia Research Fellow (2015). She has presented on her research in Australia, the UK, the USA, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan. In 2014 and in again in 2016, Grant was an invited speaker at international events of the Smithsonian Institution's 'Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage' in Washington DC.
 

Academic experience

  • Lecturer, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University 2016 - Present
  • Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellow, Cambodian Living Arts 2015 - 2015
  • Research Fellow, 2014 - 2015
  • Researcher and Lecturer, 2007 - 2013

Awards and Honours

  • National Future Justice Medal, Future Justice 2015 - 2015
  • Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship, Australian Government 2015 - 2015
  • Reg and Molly Buck Award, Society for Education Psychology and Music Research 2015 - 2015
  • Travelling Research Scholarship, Australian Academy of the Humanities 2014 - 2014
  • AMS PAYS 75 Endowment, American Musicological Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 2013 - 2013
  • Graduate Award, Oxford Bibliographies Online 2012 - 2012

Professional memberships

  • ICTM Member, International Council for Traditional Music 2009 - Present
  • SEM Member, Society for Ethnomusicology 2009 - Present
  • MSA Member, Musicological Society of Australia 2007 - Present

Government representation roles

  • Expert Consultant: Intangible Cultural Heritage sector, Ministry for Culture and Fine Arts, Royal Government of Cambodia 2015 - Present