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Biography

Sarah is Lecturer in Creative Arts (Music/Movement) in the Macquarie School of Education and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She studied Music and Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, and has taught for over 15 years in preschool, primary, secondary and tertiary education settings. Sarah received a Professional Teachers Council (PTC) award for Outstanding Professional Service for her work with the NSW Orff Schulwerk Association. Her research is in the areas of singing, movement, and music with children; developing teacher and preservice teacher skill and confidence in Arts pedagogy; and effective practice in the online delivery of Creative Arts teaching and learning. Since joining Macquarie University in 2018, Sarah has been awarded a New Staff Grant for her project, Singing with Young Children; a place in the Faculty Emerging Scholars Scheme; and a Faculty ECR Research Fellowship for her project, Creative Arts learning online: Preservice teacher experiences during COVID-19. She has presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally, and has several publications in a range of high quality education journals.

Research interests

Sarah’s research interests are broadly focused on music and music education. She is interested in the way children of all ages engage with music and the world, music as an integral mode of literacy and connections between music and neuroscience, the unique effect that music has on the brain and the way this influences literacy and learning.

Sarah’s research experience has been in areas related to Music and the Arts in education, primarily school and early childhood settings. Her doctoral research investigated masculinity in the Australian context of singing and choir across life stages. She has worked on projects that focused on the Fresh AiR initiative, creativity and affect in the classroom, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Penrith Symphony youth strings program,  an Australian Research Council funded project, Naming the World, led by Professor Margaret Somerville of Western Sydney University, investigating literacy and sustainability in early years learning. Her current research focuses on singing with young children, building teacher capacity in using the Arts in their practice, and preservice teacher experience of learning the Arts online.

Sarah has experience in qualitative methods of research, including case study, narrative inquiry, and phenomenology.

Education/Academic qualification

Music education, PhD, Western Sydney University

20112014

Music education, Master of Teaching Honours, Western Sydney University

2009

Education, Master of Education, Western Sydney University

20062008

Music education, Bachelor of Music (Music education), Sydney Conservatorium of Music

19961999

External positions

Post-doctoral researcher, Western Sydney University

Feb 201625 Jan 2018

Committee member & Editor (Bulletin), NSW Orff Schulwerk Association

2011 → …

Casual Academic, Western Sydney University

201025 Jan 2018

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