Associate Professor Diana Blom

Associate Professor Diana Blom

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR,
Music (SoHCA)

Biography

Qualifications

  • MA University of Michigan
  • MMus University of Sydney
  • BMus University of Canterbury (NZ)
  • PhD University of Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Music (SoHCA)

Contact

Email: D.Blom@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 164
Mobile:
Location: C.G.22
Penrith (Kingswood)
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Blom, D. and Hitchcock, M. (2017), 'Perceived usefulness and relevance of ePortfolios in the creative arts : investigating student views', ePortfolios in Australian Universities, Springer 9789811017315.
  • Blom, D. (2016), 'Using intercultural-historical autoethnographic writing to research a composer's story within an Australian-Asian compositional aesthetic', The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research, Routledge 9781138909939.
  • Blom, D., Stevenson, I. and Encarnacao, J. (2015), 'Assessing music performance process and outcome through a rubric : ways and means', Assessment in Music Education: From Policy to Practice, Springer 9783319102733.
  • Blom, D. (2014), 'Developing collaborative creativity in university music performance students through paired essay writing', Developing Creativities in Higher Music Education: International Perspectives and Practices, Routledge 9780415709941.
  • Blom, D. (2008), 'Teaching class-based music performance at tertiary level: Focusing theory on practice', Inside Outside Downside Up - conservatoire training and musicians' work, Black Swan Press 9780975751961.
  • Blom, D. and Bishoff, A. (2008), 'Creating 'a very fulfilled and wonderful piece': Asia-Pacific Musics as an Impetus for upper primary class composition', Music of the Spirit: Asian-Pacific Musical Identity, Australian Music Centre 9780909168650.
  • Blom, D. and Edwards, R. (2006), 'Preparing Ross Edwards' Kumari for performance: conceptual planning', Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, Australian Music Centre 9780909168605.

Journal Articles

  • MacRitchie, J., Zicari, M. and Blom, D. (2018), 'Identifying challenges and opportunities for student composer and performer peer learning through newly-composed classical piano scores', British Journal of Music Education, vol 35, no 2 , pp 153 - 175.
  • Blom, D. and Bennett, D. (2017), 'The artistic research teaching employability nexus : expanding the nexus to students', NiTRO: Non Traditional Research Outcomes, vol August 17 .
  • Bennett, D., Rowley, J., Dunbar-Hall, P., Hitchcock, M. and Blom, D. (2016), 'Electronic portfolios and learner identity : an ePortfolio case study in music and writing', Journal of Further and Higher Education, .
  • Blom, D., Bennett, D. and Stevenson, I. (2016), 'The composer's program note for newly written classical music : content and intentions', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 7 .
  • Arthur, P., Khuu, S. and Blom, D. (2016), 'Music sight-reading expertise, visually disrupted score and eye movements', Journal of Eye Movement Research, vol 9, no 7 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Blom, D. (2016), 'Exploring the interpretative platform : composer and pianist thinking on Greenbaum's First Light', Australian Journal of Music Education, vol 50, no 1 , pp 39 - 52.
  • Arthur, P., Khuu, S. and Blom, D. (2016), 'A preliminary study : is the metronome harmful or helpful?', Australian Journal of Music Education, vol 50, no 2 , pp 71 - 82.
  • Viney, L. and Blom, D. (2015), 'Preparing stylistically challenging contemporary classical repertoire for performance : interpreting Kumari', International Journal of Music Education, vol 33, no 1 , pp 66 - 79.
  • Blom, D. and Poole, K. (2015), 'Presage : what knowledge and experience higher education songwriting students bring to the classroom', IASPM@Journal, vol 5, no 1 , pp 157 - 180.
  • Blom, D., Rowley, J., Bennett, D., Hitchcock, M. and Dunbar-Hall, P. (2014), 'Knowledge sharing : exploring institutional policy and educator practice through eportfolios in music and writing', Electronic Journal of e-Learning, vol 12, no 2 , pp 138 - 148.
  • Rowley, J., Bennett, D., Blom, D. and Dunbar-Hall, P. (2014), 'Exploring the pedagogy and impact of technology on ePortfolio creation for arts students in Australian tertiary study', UAE Journal of Educational Technology and eLearning, vol 5 , pp 36 - 45.
  • Blom, D. (2012), 'Inside the collaborative inter-arts improvisatory process : tertiary music students' perspectives', Psychology of Music, vol 40, no 6 , pp 720 - 737.
  • Blom, D. and Encarnacao, J. (2012), 'Student-chosen criteria for peer assessment of tertiary rock groups in rehearsal and performance : what's important?', British Journal of Music Education, vol 29, no 1 , pp 25 - 43.
  • Blom, D., Bennett, D. and Wright, D. (2011), 'How artists working in academia view artistic practice as research : implications for tertiary music education', International Journal of Music Education, vol 29, no 4 , pp 359 - 373.
  • Wright, D., Bennett, D. and Blom, D. (2010), 'The interface between arts practice and research : attitudes and perceptions of Australian artist-academics', Higher Education Research and Development, vol 29, no 4 , pp 461 - 473.
  • Bennett, D., Wright, D. and Blom, D. (2010), 'The artistic practice-research-training (ART) nexus : translating the information flow', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 7, no 2 .
  • Bennett, D., Wright, D. and Blom, D. (2009), 'Artist academics: performing the Australian research agenda', International Journal of Education & the Arts, vol 10, no 7 , pp 1 - 15.
  • Blom, D. (2006), 'Beyond the cover version: encouraging student performers to produce original interpretations of popular songs', International Journal of Music Education, vol 24, no 2 , pp 159 - 167.
  • Blom, D. and Poole, K. (2004), 'Peer assessment of tertiary music performance: opportunities for understanding performance assessment and performing through experience and self-reflection', British Journal of Music Education, vol 21 , pp 111 - 125.
  • Blom, D. (2003), 'Engaging students with a contemporary music - minimalism - through composing activities: Teachers' Approcahces, Strategies, and Roles', International Journal of Music Education, vol 40 , pp 81 - 99.
  • Biernoff, L. and Blom, D. (2002), 'Non-Western Ensembles: Crossing Boundaries and Creating Interstices in Cross-Cultural Educational Contexts', Research Studies in Music Education, vol 19 , pp 22 - 31.

Conference Papers

  • Blom, D. (2016), 'Supervision as leadership in the combined practice-theoretical higher degree thesis', ISME Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician. International Seminar, St. Andrews, Scotland.
  • Bennett, D. and Blom, D. (2014), 'The program note as creative knowledge and skills : shaping a collaborative interpretation of newly composed music', ISME Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician. International Seminar, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Blom, D. and Hitchcock, M. (2014), 'ePortfolios : a technologically-assisted learning platform for the professional musician', ISME Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician. International Seminar, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Rowley, J., Bennett, D. and Blom, D. (2014), 'ePortfolios in the teaching of music and other creative and performing arts in four Australian universities', International Society for Music Education. World Conference, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  • Bennett, D. and Blom, D. (2014), 'Pinching (or taking back) ideas from popular music : placing the concept album in contemporary classical music', IASPM-ANZ (Organisation). Conference, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Blom, D., Rowley, J., Bennett, D., Hitchcock, M. and Dunbar-Hall, P. (2013), 'Two-way impact : institutional e-learning policy/educator practices in creative arts through ePortfolio creation', European Conference on e-Learning, Sophia Antipolis, France.
  • Bennett, D. and Blom, D. (2013), 'Collaborative understandings in the preparation of a new work for viola and piano', International Symposium on Performance Science, Vienna, Austria.
  • Blom, D., Stevenson, I. and Encarnacao, J. (2012), 'The assessment rubric as institutional culture : evaluating creative music processes and outcomes at undergraduate level', ISME Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician. International Seminar, Athens, Greece.
  • Blom, D. and Encarnacao, J. (2012), 'Assessing undergraduate jazz and rock group music-making : adding to the classic(al) recipe', International Society for Music Education. World Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Blom, D. and Encarnacao, J. (2012), 'What does jazz group assessment offer the undergraduate music environment?', International Conference on Popular Music Studies, Grahamestown, S.A..
  • Blom, D., Van Niekerk, C. and Muranda, R. (2012), 'Your silence can seriously damage someone's health : getting Zimbabwe protest songs heard', International Conference on Popular Music Studies, Grahamestown, S.A..
  • Hannan, M. and Blom, D. (2012), 'The role of popular songwriting in three Australian tertiary music curricula : different strokes for different folks?', ISME Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician. International Seminar, Athens, Greece.
  • Blom, D. and Encarnacao, J. (2010), 'Peer assessment of tertiary group music-making: vocational training?', International Society for Music Education, Education of the Professional Musician, Shanghai, China.
  • Blom, D. and Viney, L. (2010), 'Preparing a stylistically unfamiliar piano work for performance: Practice-led writing on Ross Edwards's Kumari' http://issuu.com/official_isme/docs/2010_ceprom_proceedings?viewMode=magazine&mode=embed', International Society for Music Education - Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician, Shanghai, China.
  • Blom, D. and Encarnacao, J. (2010), ''Valuing group interaction: student chosen assessment criteria in tertiary popular music education'', What's it worth? 'Value and Popular Music - International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Auckland.
  • Blom, D., Bennett, D. and Wright, D. (2010), 'Arts practice as a site of knowledge/research: An Australian perspective of the artist in academia.', 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, Beijing, China.
  • Blom, D. and Van Niekerk, C. (2010), 'Singing for social change: O Zimbabwe!', 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, Beijing, China.
  • Blom, D. and Viney, L. (2010), 'Practice-led research in practice: two pianists' preparation processes of Ross Edwards's Kumari for public performance & recording', Il Est Bel et Bon: Music Education Research - ANZARME and MERC, Akaroa, New Zealand.
  • Blom, D. and Viney, L. (2009), 'Practice-led research in practice: two pianists' preparation processes of Ross Edward's Kumari for public performance & recording', Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, Akaroa, NZ.
  • Bennett, D., Wright, D. and Blom, D. (2009), 'Modulating into a new research environment: an Australian case study of artist academics', New Zealand National Music Education Conference, Christchurch, NZ.
  • Blom, D., Wright, D. and Bennett, D. (2008), 'The artist as academic : arts practice as a site of knowledge', ISME 2008 - International Society for Music Education World Conference -17th International Seminar, Italy.
  • Blom, D., Bennett, D. and Wright, D. (2008), 'The artist as academic: arts practice as research as a site of knowledge', Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, Melbourne.
  • Blom, D. (2004), 'Music students in collaboration with theatre and dance - sound worlds to create and share', International Society for Music Education, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Exhibitions

  • 2013, 'Three New Music for Viola and Piano'
  • 2012, 'Noelene Lucas: After the Rain (a video installation by Noeline Lucas. Music by Diana Blom)'

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'Lady Huang's Album', Recorded Work
  • 2017, 'Braided River for 3 Midi Pianos', Recorded Work
  • 2017, 'Impromobile for Piano, Four Hands', Recorded Work
  • 2017, 'Landscape/Soundscape I for two grand pianos', Recorded Work
  • 2017, 'After the Rain', Recorded Work
  • 2016, 'After the Rain: For Four Pianos', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Frank Robinson: ANZAC Everyman', Published Work
  • 2016, 'The Ballad of the Canterbury Pilgrims: for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone and Piano', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Triptych (War Letters)', Recorded Work
  • 2016, 'Two Chinese Folk Songs', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Cloud Studies: Three Studies for Piano', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Smoke and Mirrors: For Tenor Saxophone and Marimba', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Remembrances Four', Recorded Work
  • 2016, 'Drawing Firewheels: For Piano and Toy Piano', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Freefall: For Two Pianos', Published Work
  • 2015, 'At the End of the World We Learn to Dance', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'Dance Set', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'Three Walter de la Mare Songs', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'The Muffin Fiend: A Children's Opera', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Remembering Babylon', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'The Library', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'The Night Ship', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Calling the Cows : Seven Variations for Tenor Trombone on 'Guardame las vacas'', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Remembrances Four', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Variations for Solo Cello', Published Work
  • 2015, 'The Dark, the Light', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'The Blue Ice Cave', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'The Blue Ice Cave', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Biffo in the Toy Box: Improvisation Frame for Toy Piano and Manual-wind Muic Box', Published Work
  • 2014, '...earth tones...', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Cobweb farm', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Remembering Babylon : for tenor and piano', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Dance set : song cycle', Published Work
  • 2013, 'The library : tenor and piano', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Fearless dreams : for clarinet, cello and piano', Published Work
  • 2013, 'At the end of the world we learn to dance : for tenor and piano', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Into the sun : for viola and piano', Published Work
  • 2012, 'The Travelling Chinese Orchestra on the CD Shadows and Silhouettes', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'White rabbit climbs Mount Kosciusko', Published Work
  • 2011, 'The Cat's Meow on CD Childhood in Music - piano music played by Antonietta Loffredo', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'Tango (September) performed by Jeanell Carrigan - CD called 'Skins'', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'Tango (February) solo piano', Published Work
  • 2011, 'Ball Games (Squash, Table tennis, Basketball)', Published Work
  • 2011, 'Five Green Songs', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Genji (the shining prince) and the koto player - violin & piano', Published Work
  • 2010, 'The Cat's Meow - CD soundbed and acoustic piano - Diana Blom and Adrian Barr', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Lady Huang's Album - four pieces for double manual harpsichord', Published Work
  • 2010, 'The dark, the light - setting of short story by Helen Garner - long song for voice and piano', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Walking with Bertie - recorder trio - in 'A Handful of Trios'', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Walking deep under the sea - piano solo in 'Take Flight - Music from New Zealand for Intermediate Pianists', Published Work
  • 2010, 'The Ca Tru Singer - for bassoon and piano (pianist playing perucussion as well)', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Three Water Ballads of Tim Malfroy - poems by Tim Malfroy - voice and piano', Published Work
  • 2010, 'The Travelling Chinese Orchestra', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Clavichord - poem by Walter de la Mare - high voice and piano', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Tango (September) - solo piano', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Creative Explosion', Recorded Work
  • 2009, 'Gong Agong', Published Work
  • 2009, 'The Sun Rising', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Tango Waltz', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Two Heavenly Dances', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Modern Tango', Published Work
  • 2008, 'The Green Man Dances - piano duet', Published Work
  • 2008, 'Three Poems of Walter de la Mare for voice and piano.', Published Work
  • 2008, 'Violin Sonata - Newgrass Bluegrass', Published Work
  • 2008, 'Composition for acoustic piano track "Gong Agong" for CD Unfenced. D. Blom as co-composer and pianist', Recorded Work
  • 2008, 'Recording of 'The Whale's Song' with DB as pianist. for CD titled Music of the Spirit', Recorded Work
  • 2008, 'The Whale's Song for cello and piano', Published Work
  • 2007, 'Three Poems of Walter de la Mare - for voice and piano', Published Work
  • 2007, 'The Green Man Dances - piano duet', Published Work
  • 2007, 'Cloud Studies for solo piano', Published Work
  • 2007, 'Lute & Flute - for treble recorder & violoncello', Published Work
  • 2007, 'Tango Waltz for solo piano', Published Work
  • 2006, 'music recording by Blom of two pianos works', Recorded Work
  • 2006, 'Journeying - for recorder quartet', Published Work
  • 2006, 'Kumari', Recorded Work
  • 2005, 'Violin Sonata - Newgrass Bluegrass (for violin and piano)', Published Work
  • 2005, 'Tango (September) (for solo piano)', Published Work
  • 2004, 'Songs for Salome', Published Work
  • 2003, 'Nove Moderno', Published Work
  • 2002, 'Bebopaloobopawopbamboom', Published Work

Diana's current research interests focus on tertiary performance (assessing group performance, collaboration, interpretation); student preferences for, responses to, and descriptions of, music; placement of melodic dissonance in the musical; and how arts practitioners working in academia view their practice as research.

As a composer and performer (harpsichord and piano), she engages in practice-led research and in 2011 received an APRA/AMCOS music award, with Dawn Bennett, for a project of newly composed viola and piano music, Australia East & West. In 2011 she was a member of a team awarded an ALTC Innovation and Development Grant into 'e-Portfolios for creative arts students'. Recent publications in several journals, including Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, Higher Education Research & Development, International Journal of Education and the Arts, International Journal of Music Education, have resulted from several of these research interests.

She is co-author, with Matthew Hindson and Damian Barbeler, of Music Composition Toolbox (Science Press), a composition text for secondary and lower tertiary students.

Diana is a composer, represented by the Australian Music Centre and SOUNZ, published by Wirripang Pty. Ltd. and Orpheus Music, and a performer on harpsichord and piano. Recent publications include The Cat's Meow for acoustic piano and CD soundbed, a collaboration with Adrian Barr, also released on CD (score and CD published by Wirripang Pty. Ltd., 2011). Her work for solo piano, The Travelling Chinese Orchestra, was selected for performance at the 2010 International Society for Contemporary Music, World New Music Days. Ball Games ? Squash, Table Tennis, Basketball, were published in 'Wirripang Australian Piano Anthology 2011', Book One, Grades 1-4, in 2011. She has an interest in Australasian writers and has set to music words of David Malouf, Helen Garner, Jocelyn Ortt-Saeed, Tim Malfroy, Robyn Ravlich, Lloyd Jones and Peter Goldsworthy.

This information has been contributed by Miss Banks.

Previous Projects

Title: ePortfolios for creative arts, music and arts students in Australian Universities [via USYD]
Funder:
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Diana Blom
Years: 2013-09-23 - 2014-02-13
ID: P00021724
Title: War Letters - a concert of musical settings of letters from WW1
Funder:
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Diana Blom
Years: 2015-06-09 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00021995
Title: Evaluating the educational outcomes of music therapy intervention in a specialist mental health education rehabilitation program
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Sydney West Area Health Service
Western Researchers: Diana Blom
Years: 2007-08-30 - 2009-06-30
ID: P0015444

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Thinning and Thickening Music: Empowering Flexibility and Responsiveness in Clinical Musicanship
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Shared Concerns: Investigating Ways Instrumental Teachers Learn to Teach
Field of Research: Education Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: Bridging the Gap Between Muslims and Sound Arts
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Figurenotes: Facilitating Musical Engagement for Individuals with Special Needs
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Boys who sing: an exploration of themes and issues associated with male membership of choirs
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Investigating the personal, social and educational aspects of the community choir
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: A Pedagogical Examination of Australian Art Song of the 20th and 21st centuries
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Sing to me: an aural-based approach to choral directing for non-score reading choirs
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Hearing is Believing: Composing Affective Music for Film
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Understanding Saxophone Solos in Recorded Popular Music 1972-1995
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: Figurenotes: Facilitating Musical Engagement for Individuals with Special Needs
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An investigation of emotional and physiological response to texture in 20th century music with no tonal centre.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Whakapono ki a te Karaiati: Exploring the Christian-Maori Identity through Contemporary Christian Songwriting
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Questioning the Questions - Understanding Why Teachers Use Certain Questions in the Primary and Secondary Classrooms
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: A State of Suspension: Aesthetics of Suspended Experience in Popular Music and Imagery
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Contemporary Orchestral Transcription: Approaches to Adapting Repertoire for the Modern Ensemble
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: 'Closing the Gap' - Enhancing the Instrumentalist's Experience in Large Ensemble Performance through Better Preparation of the Director's Conducting Skills
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Transcendent Experience in Experimental Popular Music Performance
Field of Research: Music

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