Completed Higher Degree by Research Projects

(as main supervisor unless otherwise indicated) 

2016   Michael Spicer, PhD (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “A portfolio of compositions based on trajectories through musical state spaces.”

2016   Joseph O’Connor, PhD (Music Performance, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “Developing approaches to jazz composition and improvisation informed by the dissonant counterpoint methods of Charles Seeger and Ruth Crawford.”

2015   Jane Hammond, PhD (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “Dancing With Ghosts: The topic of the pastoral explored in a folio of music compositions.”

2015   Helen Catanchin, MA (Music Performance, 100% research), Recital and Exegesis: “An exploration of composed and improvised wordless singing in performance: Skills for the 21st century contemporary jazz singer.”

2014   Paul Williamson, PhD (Music Performance, 100% research), Recital and Exegesis: “Developing Technical Control, Ensemble Interaction, and Flow within Jazz Performance.”

2013   Tony Toppi, MA (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “An Investigation into Narrative as a Compositional Approach.”

2013   Yitzhak Yedid, PhD (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “Methods of integrating elements of classical Arabic music and Arabic-influenced Jewish music with contemporary Western classical music.”

2011   Katrina Dowling, MA (Musicology, 100% research), Associate Supervisor (20%), Thesis: “Stylistic Correspondence in the Music for Solo recorder and Piano or Harpsichord composed 1939-1989 by Gordon Jacob, Edmund Rubbra, Lennox Berkeley, Arnold Cooke, Malcolm Arnold and Alan Ridout.”

2010   Stephanie Rocke, MA (Musicology, 100% research), Associate Supervisor (20%), Thesis: “The Armed Man: A Mass for a Secular Age.”

2009   Gregory Wernert, MA (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “Music and emotions: an investigation into the musical representation of the identified emotional content of poetic text.”

2008   Anthony Pateras, PhD (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “Exploratory combinations of composition, improvisation and electronics based on relationships between form and timbre.”

2007   Russell Goodwin, PhD (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “Furthering the understanding of indeterminacy in music composition.”

2007   Peter Joseph Myers, PhD (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “Directed harmonic and melodic motion, pitch structures and compositional determinants: a folio of original compositions and a critical commentary.”

2007   Philip Czaplowski, PhD (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “The use of multiple styles as a compositional approach.”

2007   Robin Fox, PhD (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “Contingency and space as structural concerns in a folio of interactive electroacoustic compositions.” This completion is significant in that it is the first PhD completion in the field of music composition at Monash University.

2007   Jane Hammond, MA (Music Composition, 100% research), folio of compositions: “An Exploration of the Possibilities of Generating Music from Text.”

2006   Melita White, MA (Music Composition, 100% research), folio of compositions: “Music Composition as an Expression of Research in Feminist Theory.”

2003   Nissim Ben-Salamon, MA (Music Composition, 100% research), folio of compositions: “A Folio of Original Music Compositions that Explores the Integration and Development of Derived Materials, Including a Painting, African Rhythms, Synesthesia, Poetry and Pre-recorded Audio Files.”

2003   Anthony Pateras, MA (Music Composition, 100% research), Folio and Exegesis: “A Folio of Compositions Exploring Contemporary Practices in Notation, Improvisation, Live Electronic Performance and Music for Film.” This completion is significant in that it is the first Masters by Research completion in the field of music composition at Monash University.

2003   Russell Goodwin, MA (Musicology, 66% research), thesis: “Locating the Links between John Cage and the Early Avant-Garde (1909-1933): A Comparative Study.”

2003   Deniz Braun, MA (Musicology, 100% research), Associate Supervisor (20%), thesis: “Ecstatic Consonance – A Third Aesthetic in Scriabin’s Late Piano Works.”

2002   Robin Fox, MA (Musicology, 100% research), thesis: “Aspects of experimental music in Melbourne: 1975-1979, focussing on the La Trobe University Music Department and the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre.”

2002   Philip Wheatland, MA (66% research), original music software application and written commentary. This completion is significant in that it is the first Masters by 66% Research completion in which the thesis submission was in the form of original software.

2001   Anthony Hughes, MA (Musicology, 100% research), thesis: “Keith Humble’s Twelve-Tone Compositional Approach in Eight Bagatelles for Piano Solo.” La Trobe University (invited as external main supervisor).

1999   Darren Howard, MA (Musicology, 66% research), thesis: “An examination and analysis of two Australian new music theatre works: Liza Lim’s The Oresteia and David Chesworth’s The Two Executioners.”