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Personal profile


A/Prof Diane Hughes is a researcher and lecturer in Vocal Studies and Music at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research areas include the singing voice, vocal health for singers, vocal pedagogy, film and sound, recording practices, songwriting, the music industries, and popular music and song. She is co-author of The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery (Hughes, Evans, Morrow & Keith, 2016, Palgrave Macmillan) and is the immediate past-president of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Ltd. She is an advocate for music education and for voice studies in school education.

Research interests

Research interests include vocal artistry, vocal pedagogy, contemporary singing, recording and producing, performance, songwriting, cultural musicology, industry practices and popular culture musics.

External positions

National Vice President, Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Ltd

10 Dec 2017 → …

National President, Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Ltd

17 Nov 201310 Dec 2017

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Research Outputs

Transformational insights and the singing-self: investigating reflection and reflexivity in vocal and musical group learning

Hughes, D., 23 May 2020, Teaching and evaluating music performance at university beyond the conservatory model. Encarnacao, J. & Blom, D. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 52-64 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Aspirations, considerations and processes: songwriting in and for music education

Hughes, D. & Keith, S., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Popular Music Education. 3, 1, p. 87–103 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Communicating artistic integrity: collaborative production in recording processes

    Hughes, D. & Evans, M., 2018, In : Australian voice. 19, p. 15-21 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Toward defining "vocal constriction": practitioner perspectives

    Lemon-McMahon, B. & Hughes, D., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Voice. 32, 1, p. 70-78 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 steps to forming a band and getting out there!

    Hughes, D., 20 Sep 2017, Voice Council Magazine.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

    Open Access


  • Professional Teachers' Council NSW Award

    Diane Hughes (Recipient), 25 Nov 2014

    Prize: Honorary award