Associate Professor Sally Macarthur

Associate Professor Sally Macarthur

Dap - Music and Music Therapy,
Music (sohca)

Associate Professor,
Music (sohca)


Associate Professor Sally Macarthur lectures in Musicology and is Director of Academic Program, Music. She has researched and written on topics to do with new classical music, women's music and music in spiritual and cross-cultural contexts. Her work draws on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and feminist theory. Her book, Towards a Twenty-First-Century Feminist Politics of Music, is a feminist-Deleuzian approach to the woman composer question. It maps a cartography, exploring the ways in which representational modes of thought constrain and limit our understandings of music, critiques the contribution of feminist work to musicology, looks at the ways in which entrepreneurship/neoliberalism impact negatively on the woman composer, and offers the concept of 'becoming'  as a 'thinking tool' for effecting change. Macarthur does not aim to find a solution. Rather, she posits a different way to think about the issues. The composers she has more recently focused on are Elena Kats-Chernin, Anne Boyd, Moya Henderson and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Her recent articles appear in Musicology Australia, Radical Musicology, Australian Feminist Studies, Cultural Studies Review and the Journal of Music Research Online. Her books include as above,Towards a Twenty-First-Century Feminist Politics of Music (Ashgate 2010), and others such as Feminist Aesthetics in Music (Greenwood 2002), with Bruce Crossman and Ronaldo Morelos a co-edited volume, Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation (Australian Music Centre, 2006) and with Cate Poynton, Musics and Feminisms (Australian Music Centre, 1999). Sally Macarthur is currently co-editing with Judy Lochhead (Stony Brook, NY) and Jennie Shaw (Adelaide) another volume, Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies and has contributed a chapter to Becoming with Music and Sound: Musicking Deleuze and Guattari edited by Taru Leppänen, Pirkko Moisala, Milla Tiainen and Hanna Väätäinen (in press).  

She was recognised by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Griffith Institute for Higher Education and Queensland University of Technology in 2007 for fostering an interest in research among her undergraduate students. In 2008, she was highly commended as a member of the Music Research Supervisor's Group for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Training and Supervision in the Vice-Chancellor's Awards.


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  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BMus University of Adelaide
  • DipMusEd NSW Conservatorium of Music

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Music (sohca)
  • Music (sohca)


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  • Macarthur, S. (2010), 'Towards a Twenty-First-Century Feminist Politics of Music', : Ashgate 9781409409823.
  • Macarthur, S. (2002), 'Feminist Aesthetics in Music', : Greenwood Press 0313313202.

Chapters in Books

  • Macarthur, S. (2017), 'A micropolitics of becoming-woman and Moya Henderson's rinse cycle', Musical Encounters with Deleuze and Guattari, Bloomsbury 9781501316746.
  • Macarthur, S. (2016), 'The academic music machine', Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, Routledge 9781472460219.
  • Macarthur, S. and Lochhead, J. (2016), 'Intra-active soundings : becoming-woman, becoming-minor', Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, Routledge 9781472460219.
  • Macarthur, S. (2016), 'Meeting the composer halfway : which Anne Boyd?', Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, Routledge 9781472460219.
  • Macarthur, S. (2016), 'Immanent listening', Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, Routledge 9781472460219.
  • Macarthur, S. and Lochhead, J. (2016), 'Introduction [Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies]', Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, Routledge 9781472460219.
  • Macarthur, S. (2013), 'Difference, becoming and event in women's music : Anne Boyd's Ganba', Autorschaft, Genie, Geschlecht : Musikalische Schaffensprozesse von der Fru?hen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart, Ko?ln Bo?hlau Verlag 9783412209025.
  • Macarthur, S. (2007), 'Women, Spirituality, Landscape: The Music of Anne Boyd, Sarah Hopkins and Moya Henderson', The Soundscapes of Australia: Music, Place and Spirituality, Ashgate 97800754640721.
  • Macarthur, S. (2006), 'The Cultural Work of the Musical Work: Light Sorrow (1985), Black Sun (1989)', Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, Australian Music Centre 9780909168605.
  • Macarthur, S., Crossman, B. and Morelos, R. (2006), 'Introduction', Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, Australian Music Centre 9780909168605.

Journal Articles

  • Hennekam, S., Macarthur, S., Bennett, D., Hope, C. and Goh, T. (2020), 'Women composers' use of online communities of practice to build and support their careers', Personnel Review, vol 49, no 1 , pp 215 - 230.
  • Bennett, D., Hennekam, S., Macarthur, S., Hope, C. and Goh, T. (2019), 'Hiding gender : how female composers manage gender identity', Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol 113 , pp 20 - 32.
  • Hennekam, S., Bennett, D., Macarthur, S., Hope, C. and Goh, T. (2019), 'An international perspective on managing a career as a woman composer', International Journal of Arts Management, vol 21, no 3 , pp 4 - 13.
  • Macarthur, S. (2019), 'Facts, fictions and the Alma Mahler machine : a schizoanalysis', Musicology Australia, vol 41, no 1 , pp 61 - 71.
  • Bennett, D., Macarthur, S., Hope, C., Goh, T. and Hennekam, S. (2018), 'Creating a career as a woman composer : implications for music in higher education', British Journal of Music Education, vol 35, no 3 , pp 237 - 253.
  • Macarthur, S. and Szuster, J. (2017), 'Transposing musicology : an essay in honour of Elizabeth Wood', Musicology Australia, vol 39, no 1 , pp 46 - 64.
  • Macarthur, S., Bennett, D., Goh, T., Hennekam, S. and Hope, C. (2017), 'The rise and fall, and the rise (again) of feminist research in music : 'what goes around comes around'', Musicology Australia, vol 39, no 2 , pp 73 - 95.
  • Macarthur, S. (2016), 'Renovating music analysis', Musicology Australia, vol 38, no 2 , pp 182 - 193.
  • Macarthur, S. (2015), 'The ubiquitous century : music and the digital arts', Musicology Australia, vol 37, no 1 , pp 76 - 84.
  • Macarthur, S. (2015), 'Dialoguing with the divided self as the outline of a becoming-woman in music', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 30, no 86 , pp 386 - 401.
  • Macarthur, S. (2014), 'The woman composer, new music and neoliberalism', Musicology Australia, vol 36, no 1 , pp 36 - 52.
  • Macarthur, S. (2013), 'The radical potential of becoming-woman and intra-action in the music of Anne Boyd', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 28, no 77 , pp 294 - 310.
  • Macarthur, S. (2013), 'Sounding Noise', Musicology Australia, vol 35, no 2 , pp 285 - 294.
  • Macarthur, S. (2013), 'The superstar composing machine : capitalism, identity, politics', International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol 3, no 21 , pp 90 - 98.
  • Macarthur, S. (2012), 'The power of the virtual in music scholarship : composing a women's musical future as a 'becoming-other-than-itself'', Journal of Music Research Online, vol 3 .
  • Macarthur, S. (2012), 'Music and violence', Musicology Australia, vol 34, no 1 , pp 101 - 110.
  • Macarthur, S. (2011), 'Composing the 'Woman' Composer', Musicology Australia, vol 33, no 1 , pp 129 - 138.
  • Macarthur, S. (2010), 'Chaos, Territory, Music Research', Musicology Australia, vol 32, no 1 , pp 121 - 130.
  • Macarthur, S. (2010), 'Women, New Music and the Composition of Becomings', Cultural Studies Review, vol 16, no 2 , pp 248 - 270.
  • Macarthur, S. (2009), 'Post/Modernizing Australian Music'', Musicology Australia, vol 31, no N/A , pp 63 - 74.
  • Macarthur, S. (2009), 'A Thousand Dissonances: Music Research and the Nomadic Female Composer', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 24, no 59 , pp 53 - 69.
  • Macarthur, S. (2008), 'A becoming-infinite-cycle in Anne Boyd's music : a feminist-deleuzian exploration', Radical Musicology, vol 3 .
  • Macarthur, S. (2007), 'A Musical Woman in a Man's World: Rebecca Clarke', Musicology Australia, vol 29 , pp 161 - 166.
  • Macarthur, S. (2006), 'The Beautiful, the Disgusting, and the Sublime: An Essay Review of Gender and Aesthetics: An Introduction', Action, Criticism & Theory for Music Education, vol 5, no 1 , pp 2 - 12.
  • Macarthur, S. (2006), 'Raising the Platform for Women', Music Forum, vol 12, no 2 , pp 40 - 43.

Conference Papers

  • Macarthur, S. (2007), 'Gender and the Tertiary music curriculum in Australia', Nactmus Conference, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
  • Macarthur, S. and Schaffler, R. (2004), 'Visions of a New Spirituality in Australia: The Music of Anne Boyd', Loose Canons, Australian National University, Canberra.
  • Macarthur, S. (2002), 'Lesbian Politics and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir', 8th IASPM Australia - New Zealand Conference, UTS, Sydney.

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