School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Music and Music Therapy

Discipline Lead | Bruce Crossman

Western Sydney University Music researchers are globally recognised practitioners and scholars who are ranked above world standard (Excellence in Research for Australia). The research is conducted by composers, performers, producers, musicologists, music therapists and cognitive and computational researchers who work collaboratively within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and its affiliated research institutes/centres.

The research is unique for its lateral thinking which is synergetic across practice-led research and research-led practice. There are strong intercultural connections to Western Sydney’s rich cultural heritages and their connection to world culture. Creatives and scholars make contributions in prestigious forums such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, World New Music Days, Asian Composers League Festivals, Mexico International Film Festival, and publishing with Tall Poppies Records, Navona, Warner Chappell Music and BMG as well as in traditional modes with Routledge, Ashgate, Cambridge, and Oxford. The vibrant postgraduate culture includes many composers who have received national and international recognition


Academics for this Discipline

  • Associate Professor Diana Blom
  • Associate Professor Wallace Crossman
  • Professor Roger Dean
  • John Encarnacao, Lecturer
  • Allison Fuller, Lecturer
  • Dr Waldo Garrido, Lecturer
  • Dr Hilary Maclean
  • Dr Alison Short, Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Brendan Smyly, Associate Lecturer