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Academic staff at the School of Music have a wealth of experience and expertise in research across a broad range of musical fields and genres.

Associate Professor Allan Badley

Allan’s research interest lies in music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with a particular emphasis on the lives, works and professional environment of major contemporaries of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. He has published editions of important works by Wanhal, Pleyel, Hummel and Ries and is currently writing a book on the Viennese composer Leopold Hofmann.

Recent and current doctoral supervisions:

  • Agnes Harmath (DMA): "A study and critical edition of Johann Baptist Wendling’s Flute Concerto in C major (GUN 18)"
  • Lisa Chung (DMA): "The Thumb Position in Cello Playing"
  • Elizabeth Nichol (PhD): "Early New Zealand printed music"

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Dr Gregory Camp

Dr Gregory Camp's areas of research include film music and opera. His article 'Poppea in Space: the influence of theatre architecture on productions of Monteverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea' has recently been published in Scene, and his article on music in the Disney theme parks is forthcoming in the Journal of the Society for American Music. He is currently working on the use of music in the films of Howard Hawks, the intersections of film music and film acting, and linguistic pedagogy for singers. In 2012 he was awarded his DPhil by The Queen's College, Oxford University, studying the performance and reception history of Monteverdi's operas in the twentieth century. He is currently the artistic director of the School of Music’s new Wallace Opera Training Programme.

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Dr John Coulter

Dr John Coulter is a specialist in the field of sonic arts composition. His research interests include: the 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, and innovative forms of popular music.

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Associate Professor Eve de Castro-Robinson

Eve’s research and teaching interests focus on instrumental and vocal composition, including extended technique, orchestral composition and New Zealand music. Her works feature on many CDs, and she has three solo CDs of her music on the Atoll label including the recent  Releasing the Angel – five orchestral works played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, 2011. Current research includes the chamber opera LEN LYE, to be premiered 2012, and a work for mixed ensemble and pre-recorded sound involving concepts of breathing.

Recent and current doctoral supervisions:

  • Ashley Brown (PhD): "‘In Two Minds: Exploring Co-composition as a Performer/Composer Collaboration"
  • Jeff Chen-Feng Lin (DMus): Orchestral and chamber composition
  • Leonie Holmes (DMus): Orchestral, choral and chamber composition
  • Thorsten Wollmann (DMus): Orchestral and chamber composition

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Dr Rae de Lisle

Rae is interested in the prevention and rehabilitation of injury caused by playing an instrument. A particular focus is the biomechanics of piano playing, and the establishment of a balanced technique that enables musical expression and ease of playing. She is completing a PhD on focal dystonia in musicians, a devastating condition that often puts an end to a performance career.

Rae welcomes doctoral candidates whose research interests are similar to her own.

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Dr Olivier Holland

Dr Olivier Holland works as a senior lecturer in the jazz department. His research specialities include double bass technique and, in the field of jazz composition, linear writing and the fusion of different music genres. Since starting his performance career in 1989, he has performed in Europe and Australasia with artists such as Joscho Stephan, John Goldsby, Doug Lawrence, Jamey Oehlers, James Muller, Nathan Haines, Whirimako Black, Stefon Harris and Florian Ross. Olivier has to date contributed to 22 CD releases, 3 of which are his own projects. 2016 has seen Olivier complete his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. With his doctoral research project (entitled The Personalization of Technique for Jazz Bass) he has developed a new approach to learning technique on jazz double bass. This teaching method has already attracted interest from across the globe, with masterclasses on the 2017 agenda and articles to be published soon in a leading US bass magazine. Olivier is currently working on publishing a bass method book that is based on his approach.

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Dr Leonie Holmes

Leonie's areas of research include composition, New Zealand music, materials of music/musicianship skills, and the role of composition and creative music making in music education. She has written works for orchestra, chamber, choral, vocal and solo instrument, and receives frequent commissions from both professional and community groups. Recent works have been performed and/or commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the BBC singers, ensemble paladino, Aventa Ensemble, NZ Trio, Voices New Zealand, Estrella Quartet, and Jade String Quartet, and her orchestral music has recently been released on the Atoll CD Solstice, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei. Stemming from her work as Composer-in-Schools in the 1990s, she has a particular interest in the teaching of musicianship skills and creative music, and has written many works for school and community groups.

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Dr David Lines

David is involved in teaching and researching music education. His research interests include: school-based music education, philosophical perspectives of music education, community based music teaching and learning, alternative pedagogies and mutlimedia practices, and music learning. He is currently involved in two main research projects, one on youth and YouTube music learning, the other on community arts and early childhood learning. David also teaches a leadership course for music/arts educators and a postgraduate course on practical research methodologies.

Recent and current doctoral supervisions:

  • Linda Ashley (PhD): "Teaching Dance from Contextual Perspectives in the New Zealand Curriculum"
  • Kirsten Locke (PhD): "Shadows of Sound: music, pedagogy and writing the inaudible"
  • Doug Nyce (PhD): "New Zealand Primary Music Education: a promise broken: a comparison of the de jure and de facto philosophies of music education utilised in New Zealand primary, intermediate and middle school music education"
  • Rae de Lisle (PhD): "Focal Dystonia in Pianists"
  • Julie Jackson-Tretchikoff (PhD): "Both Sides of the Curtain: The Auckland Music Theatre Inc 1919-2009"
  • Olivier Holland (DMA): "The Personalisation of Jazz Bass Technique"
  • Mark Baynes (DMA): "The Pianist Styles of Brad Meldau"

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Associate Professor Nancy November

Nancy's research and teaching interests centre on chamber music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries: aesthetics, analysis, performance practices and ideologies. Other areas of research include music and melancholy c. 1800; ideologies of performance in the 19th-21st centuries; and the concept of "historical literacy" as applied to tertiary music education. She has recently completed a book on Beethoven’s middle period string quartets.

Current PhD supervision:

  • Aleisha Ward: "Any rags, any jazz, any boppers today? Jazz in New Zealand from the Jazz Age to the Rock 'n' Roll Era, 1920 - 1955”

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Dr Te Oti Rakena

Dr Rakena trained as a classical singer at New England Conservatory, Boston and received his Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin before commencing post-doctoral studies in Europe. An established performer in the operatic and musical theatre genres he is also a published researcher in the areas of vocal function, community music, non-western vocal performance and studio pedagogy.

Te Oti's iwi affiliations are Ngāpuhi, Ngati Ruanui, and Ngāi Tahu. He has participated in research initiatives aimed at improving the quality of education for indigenous and minority music students in the tertiary sector, including the TLRI Success for all. He has won two Excellence in Equity awards for this work and in 2010 received an Excellence in Teaching award for the implementation of innovative teaching practices in the area of vocal studies.

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Professor Dean Sutcliffe

Dean was awarded the Dent Medal for 2009 by the Royal Musical Association. He is Vice President of the USA-based Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, a member of the Committee of Honour of the Haydn Society of Great Britain, a director of the Haydn Society of North America, and has recently served a three-year term on the Council of the American Musicological Society. He has edited the Cambridge University Press journal Eighteenth-Century Music since its inception in 2004.

Dean's current research focuses on eighteenth-century music. His publications cover many of the century's most notable composers: Haydn, Mozart, Domenico Scarlatti, Gyrowetz, Boccherini and Scarlatti's Spanish contemporary Sebastián de Albero. He has supervised master’s and doctoral students in a wide range of topics from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Recent and current doctoral supervisions:

  • Chris Willis (PhD): "Narrativity and performance in the keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti."
  • Elena Abramova (DMA): "The compositional context of the violin sonatas of Shostakovich and Prokofiev."
  • Stephen Small (DMA): "Genre in piano music."
  • Kenneth Hartdegen (PhD): "Fernando Sor's theory of harmony applied to the guitar."
  • Julie Tretchikoff (PhD): "Both sides of the curtain: Auckland Music Theatre Inc., 1919 to 2009."
  • Neil Newton (PhD): "Functional harmony in early post-tonal music."
  • Rob Tedesco (PhD): "The value of Beethoven?: The economics and history of the Auckland Philharmonia, 1940 to 2014."
  • Michael Weiss (PhD): "Galant schemata in early nineteenth-century music."

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