Dr Steven Dillon
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BiographySteve C. Dillon studied music education at the University of South Australia, before completing a master of music education and a doctorate of philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has combined a career as a professional singer songwriter with school music teaching. He is a senior lecturer in Music and Sound at Queensland University of Technology, director of save to DISC Research Network (http://www.savetodisc.net/ ) and project Leader of the International Network Jamming Research Group ( http://www.jam2jam.com/. Steve is series editor of the meaningful music making for life book series for Cambridge Scholars Publishing and reviewer for IJME, IJCM, JMTE, Journal of Social Inclusion, Psychological Reports, and Psychology of Music. He is current president of the Musicological Society of Australia Queensland branch and is an active affiliate of ISME and ASME. His research interests focus on meaningful engagement with music making and designing digital media technologies and relational pedagogies to provide access to cognitive growth, health and well being through music making.
Assessment in the arts, Community music making and resilience, Cultural health of communities, Digital media e-portfolio, Evaluation of the quality and impact of arts experience, Generative Media Systems, Music Education, Music and health, Music and meaning, Music technology
Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Curriculum and Pedagogy
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PHD (Music Education) (La Trobe University)
Professional memberships and associations
Director of Conferences and symposia
- 2000 Digital Arts Education Symposium Griffith University.
- 2002 Digital Media Assessment Portfolio (DMAP) Colloquium.
- 2006-8 savetoDISC Annual Symposia Queensland University of Technology.
- 2009 Jamskolan09 10 Day International workshop and symposium: http://explodingart.com/jam2jam/jam2jam/Research/Entries/2010/7/24_Jamskolan.html/
Fellowships, scholarships or prizes awarded
Invited scholar at:
- Griffith University Gold Coast Campus Music Education 2008
- University of Madrid 2006 & 2008.
- Sweden: Lund University Malmo Academy of Music 2008.
- UK: Manchester Metropolitan University, Southampton University 2008.
- Netherlands: Rotterdam Conservatorium, Zwolle Conservatorium 2008.
- Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Education 2009.
- University of Auckland 2009.
- Nominated by the Creative Industries faculty for the Vice Chancellors’ award for research.
Referee review panels:
- 2010 International Journal of Music Education (Practice).
- 2010 Journal of Social Inclusion.
- 2010 Psychological Reports Ammons Scientific
- 2009-10 OzChi conference
- 2009-10: Oxford Handbook of Music Education.
- 2007-10 Cambridge Scholars Publishing meaningful music Making for life series.
- 2007-10: International Journal of Community Music.
- 2007-10: Psychology of Music.
- 2007-10: Journal of Music Technology and Education.
- 2005-10: Revista Electronica Complutense de Investigación en Educación Musical (University of Madrid, Spain).
- 2005-10: Music Education Research and Innovation.
Membership, participation and/or leadership in professional bodies and societies
- 2009-10 President of the Musicological Society of Australia Queensland Chapter.
- 2008-2010 Member of the Music and Health Network.
- 2008-2010 Co Chair Research of Sweet Freedom social justice record label: http://www.sweetfreedom.com.au/ recently a recipient of the Music Council of Australia Community Music award and in the United Nations International Council for Caring Communities Compendium “Music as a Natural Resource: Music in Education Project” http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/un-dpadm/unpan042585.pdf/ .
- 2006-2010 Member of the Music Council of Australia
- 2006-2008 Member of the International Society for Music Education Web Management committee.
- 2004-2010 Founding director of save to D.I.S.C. Research network http://www.savetodisc.net/
- 2005-2009 Tertiary Education Union representative on Faculty of Creative Industries Promotion Committee.
- 2005 Cited 17 times in the National Review of Music Education.
- 2002-2010 Member of International Society for Music Education
- 1999-2010 Member of the Australasian Music Education Research Association.
- 1996-2010Member of Australian Society for Music Education.
I began tertiary teaching as a sessional postgraduate lecturer in music curriculum and music technology at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. From 1999-2002 I taught music curriculum as a continuing staff member at Griffith University. In 2002 I began at QUT as a senior lecturer and teacher of music education and songwriting performance. Since that time I have developed a strong profile in applied analytical and empirical musicology which has been incorporated across my teaching of production studies in Music and Sound and the music studies areas of University wide electives: Sex, drugs rock n roll and Music and Spirituality. As current chair of the Queensland chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia I have worked to bring the level of scholarship to international standards using ‘Blended learning’ employing Web 2.0 approaches and developing an approach to urban musicology. These studies have proven to be consistently popular and as they utilise portfolio assessment and the opportunity for creative practice based assessment have become more accessible for international students and those with different learning styles.
Over the past 5 years I concentrated upon postgraduate supervision with cohorts of MMus students completing creative practice projects. I have increased my supervision of MA and PhD students to supervise 10 students as a principle and co-supervisor in a cohort of Sound Communities Research and practice. The Four postgraduate students have received scholarships and two have been awarded the Gordon Spearitt student musicology prize.
Undergraduate subjects designed and taught
- Designed and taught Secondary Music Curriculum 1-3 (QUT- 2002-present).
- Designed and taught Arts pedagogy for primary generalists ( QUT- 2002-2008)
- Designed and taught urban musicology: Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll (QUT2002- present)
- Designed and taught Music and Spirituality (QUT2002-2009).
- Designed and taught Music Production- Singer Songwriter (QUT2002-2008)
- I served as coordinator for all music undergraduate degrees from 2004-2007.
- Taught Music Technology (QUT 2002-2003)
- Taught Jazz and Pop Musicianship (QUT 2002- 2003)
- Designed and taught Secondary Music curriculum studies 1-3 (Griffith University 1999-2001)
- Designed and taught Primary music curriculum general primary Griffith University 1999-2001)
Postgraduate subjects designed and taught
I served as assistant coordinator for music postgraduate studies at QUT from 2004-2007. I established the savetoDISC (Documenting Innovation in Sound Communities) Research Network in 2004. This project attracted a wide range of community music, education and students interested in music, education and health and well-being. savetoDISC has graduated 17 honours and postgraduate students. I am currently the principal supervisor for 1 fulltime PhD students. One PhD has completed. I supervised 3 part time Master of Arts students two have recently completed and the other is on track to submit June 2011. I Co Supervise 2 PhD students complete with one under examination.
Coursework postgraduate coordination
- Master of Music Project 1-4 (QUT 2002-2008)
- Graduate Diploma of Music projects. (QUT 2002-2008)
- Graduate Certificate of Music projects. (QUT 2002-2008)
- Research methodology and Mirroring seminar. (QUT 2002-2008)
- 8X Master of Music graduated
- 2X MA Research (Associate)
- 3X MA Research Principal (1 completed 1 Under examination)
- 2 X PhD Principal (2010 Under examination)
- 3 X PhD Associate (2010 Under examination)
- 1X BCI Honours.
- 6 X Graduate Diploma of Music
- 1x PhD (Monash).
- 1X PhD (University of Western Australia)
- 4 x Masters of Arts Research thesis (QUT, Deakin, University of Melbourne, UWA),
- 1x Master of Interaction Design (RMIT)
- 1X MCA University of Tasmania
- 3X MCI Music production. QUT Internal examiner.
Leadership in Teaching & Learning:
- Faculty Embedding Indigenous perspectives in curriculum committee (See publications).
- Presentation at Indigenous Knowledge Conference Common Ground. 2 refereed journal/book chapters.
- 2008 Awarded a $10,000 QUT T&L grant: eZine and iRadio (See Book Chapter Blended learning)
- 2008 Designed Music Education Curriculum units for new degree Dip Ed.
- 2006-8 Seconded 0.5 to set up CI Faculty units and courses at Caboolture regional campus.
- 2004 Established save to DISC as Post Graduate cohort.
I am committed to the application of music making activity as a means to facilitate cultural understanding and build community. I have participated in the following scholarship of service, community groups and university committees:
- 2005-8 Union Representative on Faculty of Creative Industries Promotion Committee.
- ACID Network Jamming project: exhibited installations at: Brisbane and Sydney Powerhouses, in Indigenous communities in Cairns with Health Information Technology Network (HITNET), with disengaged youth at KYC, Caboolture, Inala and Acacia Ridge, Hong Kong Videotage, ISTE, Colorado.
- Established Industry Partnerships with Ellaways/CreActives, Verizon Wireless USA, Apple, Avid/ Sibelius.
- 2002-2010 Senior Lecturer in Music and Sound (Continuing).
- 2010 Project Leader of the International Network Jamming Research Group (Continuing).
- 2008- continuing Co Chair Research of Sweetfreedom Inc.
- 2007-2010 Project Leader Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) Network Jamming Project.
- 2006- 2010 Director of the save to DISC (Documenting Innovation in Sound Communities) Research Network (Continuing).
- 1999-2002 Lecturer in Music Education level B, Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus
- 1991-1998 Sessional lecturer in Postgraduate Music Education La Trobe University & University of Melbourne, Melbourne.
- 1991-98 Director of Music Kingswood College Box Hill, Victoria.
- 1990- 1991 Director of Music Studies Footscray TAFE, Victoria.
- 1986-1989 Director of Music Mercy College, Coburg Victoria.
- 1983-2010 Writer and Publisher member of the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA)
- 1978-2010 Composer, singer songwriter, musical director and professional musician.
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)
- Resonance: A Music Directors Theomusicological Study of 'Praise' and 'Glory' in a Selection of Four Liturgical Music Excerpts (2011)
- Designing ePortfolios for Music postgraduate study. A practice-led inquiry (2010)
- Latin Jazz ! A Syncretic Journey from Spain, Cuba, the United States and back (2009)
- The Developing Clarinet Player: New Multi-Genre, Pan-Technical Repertoire (2008)