Professor Jane Davidson

Professor of Creative and Performing Arts (Music) -

Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne. 

Deputy Director -

Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Jane Davidson began her academic career in 1991, initially as a postdoctoral research fellow at Keele University, Staffordshire, then as a lecturer in music at City University, London. Between 1995 and 2006 she worked through the ranks from lecturer to full professor at University of Sheffield. Also, while in the UK, she taught on a sessional basis in the departments of vocal and academic studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She moved to Australia as the inaugural Callaway/Tunley Chair of Music at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and worked there 2006 to 2013. 

She has five core areas of study: artistic development, arts and health, historically informed performance practices, emotion and expression in performance, and vocal studies. She has published extensively in the disciplines of music psychology and education, and now works in history of emotions, as well as reflective practice research. She has been the successful recipient of research grants internationally, and is a frequent reviewer for academic funding bodies and publishers. 

She was Editor of Psychology of Music (1997-2001); Vice-President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2003-2006); and President of the Musicological Society of Australia (2010 and 2011). She also completed service working as a member of the Research Evaluation Committee for Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) for both the trial evaluation in 2009 and main assessment in 2012. 

As a practitioner, she has worked as an opera singer and music theatre director, collaborating with groups such as Andrew Lawrence-King’s Harp Consort, Opera North, and the West Australian Opera Company. She continued her practical work in voice at UWA, coordinating the voice department and offering a range of repertoire classes and staged productions. Now she supervises many postgraduate singers, alongside a range of performers, teachers, and music psychology and musicology scholars. 

Research Interests

Social Psychology of Music
Artistic development
Arts and health
Emotion and expression in performance
Historically informed performance practices
Vocal studies

Contact Details

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