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Overview

Current Work

Dr. Denson is currently working on a 3 mvt jazz concerto for saxophone soloist Dr. Diana Tolmie, and big band. A CD of her compositions and arrangements will be launched in April 2018, with the Wild Silk Strings Project featuring Ingrid James.  

Expertise Keywords

  • Australian jazz
  • aural training
  • jazz studies
  • women in jazz

Subject Area Codes

  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 85 (Other: 85)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Commission
    The Composer's Voice,   Elly Hoyt,   2017,  
  • Commission
    Smoke Encrypted Whispers,   Southern Cross Soloists,   2012,  
  • Commission
    Queensland Week Jazz Composers,   Jazz Queensland Inc,   2014,  
  • Commission
    The Australian Saxophone,   Diana Tolmie,   2018,  

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, South Bank Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2017.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Jazz Roots, Swing, Early Bebop (2301QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Contemp Jazz Streams & Literat (2342QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Jazz Roots, Swing, Early Bebop (2301QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Women and Music (2111QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Women and Music (2111QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Contemp Jazz Streams & Literat (2342QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Performance Study 2 (1360QCM_Y2)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Performance Study 4A (2260QCM_Y2)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Performance Study 3A (2260QCM_Y1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Performance Study 3C (2760QCM_Y1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Contemp Jazz Streams & Literat (2342QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Postgraduate Ensemble (7871QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Postgraduate Ensemble 2 (7872QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Performance Study 2 (Jazz) (1382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 5C (Jazz) (3781QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 3C (Jazz) (2781QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Contemp Jazz Streams & Literat (2342QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 7B (Jazz) (4381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Performance Study 3A (Jazz) (2281QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 8B (Jazz) (4382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Large Jazz Ensemble (5950QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 5A (Jazz) (3281QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Jazz Roots, Swing, Early Bebop (2301QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Performance Study 4A (Jazz) (2282QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 6A (Jazz) (3282QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 7A (Jazz) (4281QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Performance Study 3B (Jazz) (2381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 5B (Jazz) (3381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 6B (Jazz) (3382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 1 (Jazz) (1381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Performance Study 2 (Jazz) (1382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 2 (Jazz) (1382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 5C (Jazz) (3781QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 3C (Jazz) (2781QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Jazz Arranging (2320QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 6C (Jazz) (3782QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Contemp Jazz Streams & Literat (2342QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 4C (Jazz) (2782QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 7B (Jazz) (4381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 7B (Jazz) (4381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Keyboard Skills (Cntmp/Jazz) (1009QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 3A (Jazz) (2281QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 3A (Jazz) (2281QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 8B (Jazz) (4382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 8B (Jazz) (4382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Large Jazz Ensemble (5950QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 5A (Jazz) (3281QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 5A (Jazz) (3281QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Jazz Roots, Swing, Early Bebop (2301QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 4A (Jazz) (2282QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 4A (Jazz) (2282QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 6A (Jazz) (3282QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 6A (Jazz) (3282QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Music in Contemporary Contexts (1102QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Music and Society (2100QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble (5930QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 3B (Jazz) (2381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 3B (Jazz) (2381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 5B (Jazz) (3381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 5B (Jazz) (3381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Keyboard Skills(Cntmp/Jazz) B (1010QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 4B (Jazz) (2382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 4B (Jazz) (2382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 6B (Jazz) (3382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 6B (Jazz) (3382QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Performance Study 1 (Jazz) (1381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Performance Study 1 (Jazz) (1381QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Aural Studies (Contemporary) 2 (1622QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Aural Studies (Contemporary) 2 (1622QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Aural Studies (Contemporary) 2 (1622QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 5 (3861QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 5 (3861QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Contemp Jazz Streams & Literat (2342QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 6 (3862QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 6 (3862QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 1 (1861QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 1 (1861QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 3 (2861QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 3 (2861QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Aural Studies (Contemporary) 3 (2621QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Roots, Swing, Early Bebop (2301QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 4 (2862QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 4 (2862QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 2 (1862QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 2 (1862QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 2 (1862QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Music Theory (Contemporary) 4 (2522QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Music Theory (Contemporary) 4 (2522QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 8 (4862QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 7 (4861QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Jazz Instrumental Ensemble 7 (4861QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Aural Studies 1 (1611QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Aural Studies 1 (1611QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
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  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Small Ensemble (5970QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Jazz Roots, Swing, Early Bebop (2301QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Jazz Composition (2325QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 4 (Part 1) (4360QCM_P1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 7B (4360QCM_Y1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Contemp Jazz Streams & Literat (2342QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Performance Study 2 (Part 2) (2360QCM_P2)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Performance Study 2 (Part 2) (2360QCM_P2)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Third Stream Aural Training (2613QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 1 (Part 2) (1360QCM_P2)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Music Materials 1 (1513QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Music Materials 2 (1523QCM)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Performance Study 3 (Part 2) (3360QCM_P2)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Performance Study 3 (Part 2) (3360QCM_P2)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Performance Study 6B (3360QCM_Y2)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Performance Study 3 (Part 1) (3360QCM_P1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 3 (Part 1) (3360QCM_P1)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 5B (3360QCM_Y1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 2 (Part 1) (2360QCM_P1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 2 (Part 1) (2360QCM_P1)
    Teacher, In Person, In Field, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 3B (2360QCM_Y1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 1 (Part 1) (1360QCM_P1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 1 (1360QCM_Y1)
    Teacher, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Performance Study 2 (Part 3) (2360QCM_P3)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, South Bank Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2017.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Education and Training

  • DMA Doctor Of Musical Arts Composition , Griffith University 2007 - 2014
  • MMus Master Of Music, New England Conservatory 1993 - 1995
  • GCertHigherEd Graduate Certificate In Higher Education, Griffith University 2003 - 2003

External advisory roles

  • Secretary, 2002 - 2009
  • Advisory board member, 2009 - 2011