Our research

Research undertaken by the Elder Conservatorium of Music is independently ranked by the Excellence in Research Initiative for Australia (ERA). We have achieved the top ranking of 5 for all ERA rounds to date.

The University of Adelaide is a leading research University committed to providing unique opportunities for graduates and researchers. Our researcher community is supported by the University’s Careers and Research Skills Training, to develop the skills and knowledge needed for research excellence.


Person Expertise
Professor Mark Carroll Contemporary popular and classical music; Music and politics;
Music and society - Australia and abroad; Music history
Professor Aaron Corn Popular Music, Indigenous music, Ethnomusicology, Australian music, Music archiving
Professor Graeme Koehne Composition
Mr Stephen Whittington Sonic arts and creative technologies
Dr Luke Harrald Composition and music technology
Rodney Smith Instrumental music pedagogy

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  • Research projects

    There are few Research Centres dedicated to creative practice. We aim to bring together practitioners and researchers through multi-disciplinary projects to forge new partnerships in the exploration of creativity.

    The literary, musical and visual arts industries continue to enjoy global growth. Our research investigates the creative process, and how creative processes impact on resultant works of art. In exploring the nature of creative collaborations, our research provides analysis regarding:

    • Narrative practice: how a literary programme/story is shaped by cross-disciplinary creative processes.
    • Theories of creativity: including how melancholy feeds inspiration; the relationship between music and text; creativity and collaboration.
    • Compositional processes in creative writing and music.
    • Performance and literary pedagogy.
    • Interactive digital technologies and their impact on narrative and musical structures.

    Key researchers

    • Assoc Prof Mark Carroll
    • Prof Brian Castro
    • Assoc Prof Carl Crossin 
    • Dr Eva Hornung,
    • Ms Jill Jones
    • Prof Nick Jose
    • Prof Graeme Koehne

    Key clients/partners

    Major National Performing Arts Companies and Institutions

  • Our publications

    The Elder Conservatorium of Music - Australia's oldest tertiary music school - has played a leading role in the musical life of the nation for more than 100 years.

    With a distinguished history and a reputation for innovation, the Elder Conservatorium numbers among its staff and graduates many nationally and internationally renowned performers, composers, scholars, educators, and administrators.

  • Higher degree by research

    A postgraduate qualification from the University of Adelaide is highly regarded and internationally recognised. As a postgraduate student, you are learning in an environment that pursues excellence, provides access to unique support services and encourages creativity.

    To assist you in your studies, please see the list of resources below:

    Information for HDR students