Dr John William Coulter

PhD, BMus (Hons)


Dr John Coulter is a Senior Lecturer, and the Coordinator of Sonic Arts Programmes at the School of Music, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland. As a teacher working in the Composition Area, he spends much of his time focused on facilitating the needs of the ‘21st-century musician’ – supporting men and women who compose, perform, fabricate, innovate, and make use of technology; who study and research the language of music and sound; and who use their individual and collective heritage as a source of musical inspiration. John is a member of several international organisations that uphold this holistic approach to music making, and has presented both academic papers and creative works in several countries throughout the world including Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Research | Current

Dr John Coulter is a specialist in the field of sonic arts composition. His research interests include:

  • Creative process (general)
  • Sonic arts in the field
  • Acousmatic music - with a special focus on three-dimensional electroacoustic music
  • Performance-based sonic art with live electronics
  • Visual music
  • Interactive installation
  • Innovative forms of popular music


Director of Teaching and Learning

Programme Coordinator (Sonic Arts)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary location

Level 2, Room 213
New Zealand