Overview of the Miegunyah Fellowship, Public Lectures and Talks

Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow 2012

Dr. Susan O’Neill, Simon Fraser University, Canada
University of Melbourne
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Victorian College of the Arts


Overview
Dr. Susan O’Neill visited the University of Melbourne for a month from 1 May to 5 April 2012, hosted by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts. Dr. O’Neill is Associate Professor in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada and Director of Multimedia Opportunities, Diversity and Artistic Learning (MODAL Research Group) and Research for Youth, Music and Education. During Dr. O’Neill’s visit, she gave seven invited lectures including the Miegunyah Public Lecture on 27 March titled, Understanding and engaging artists and musicians in the 21st century. Her Public Lecture was based on nearly two decades of her research in the area of young people’s motivation and identity in music learning. Dr. O’Neill gave a lecture on Musical identities to over 500 undergraduate students undertaking degrees in Arts, Science, Biomedicine, Music, Economics and Architecture. She also gave a Lecture-Recital on Performance anxiety with her husband and concert pianist Professor Yaroslav Senyshyn, which included a flute performance of the Sonata by Reinecke. The Australian Music Psychology Society (AMPS) and the Music, Mind and Wellbeing (MMW) Research Program both sponsored lectures by Dr. O’Neill for their Seminar Series. Dr. O’Neill gave a talk at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education titled, Creating expansive learning opportunities in intergenerational arts programs. Dr. O’Neill introduced the art of dialogue as a performance practice to music performance postgraduate students and gave a talk in the Postgraduate Music Seminar Series titled, What does it mean to be a musician? Expanding conceptions through relational understanding. During her visit, Dr. O’Neill gave generously of her time and met with many colleagues and postgraduate students to discuss their research interests. She was a guest on ABC National Radio ‘Life Matters’ program with Natasha Mitchell.

Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow Public Lecture
27 April, 2012, Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Understanding and engaging artists and musicians in the 21st century

Lecture, Australian Music Psychology Society (AMPS) Seminar Series, Co-sponsored by Music, Mind and Wellbeing Program
12 April, 2012, Tallis Wing, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Adolescents’ experiences of music: gaining “insider” knowledge about contexts, engagement, and personal meanings

Lecture, Undergraduate Music Psychology Course
17 April, 2012, PLT, Old Arts Building
Musical identities

Lecture, Melbourne Graduate School of Education Arts Education Colloquium
17 April, 2012, Frank Tate Room, Graduate School of Education
Creating expansive learning opportunities in intergenerational arts programs

Lecture-Recital, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
18 April, 2012, Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
A relational approach to performance anxiety: Transforming music and identity through dialogue

Lecture, Postgraduate Seminar for Music Performance Students
19 April, 2012, Tallis Wing, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Lecture, Postgraduate Music Seminar
3 May, 2012, Tallis Wing, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
What does it mean to be a musician? Expanding conceptions through relational understanding

Guest Speaker, Postgraduate Seminar for Master of Music (Performance Teaching)
19 April, 2012, Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

ABC National Radio Interview
18 April, 2012, ABC National Radio Interview
Dr. O’Neill was a guest on Natasha Mitchell’s ‘Life Matters’ program.
Full podcast available at: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/performance-anxiety/3954552

Acknowledgements
Dr. Susan O’Neill wishes to extend her sincere appreciation to the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund and the distinguished selection committee for their generous support. Thank you also to Professor Gary McPherson, Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for supporting the fellowship application and to Dean Conyngham from the Victoria College of the Arts for his warm welcome to the University of Melbourne. Thank you also to Professors Ian Holtham and Ian Godfrey for invitations to be part of their classes, and to Professor Susan Wright for her generous welcome to the Graduate School of Education and the Creative and Artistic Education program. Thank you to the many colleagues and students who are associated with Music, Mind and Wellbeing and the Australian Music Psychology Society, including a special thank you to Dr. Katrina Ferran and Dr. Margaret Osbourne. Finally, there are numerous staff who made tremendous efforts in helping to coordinate, promote and support my visit, including Mary Toye, Anastasia Russell-Head, Tim Kennedy, Erica Lewis, David Collins, Les Craythorn, Alison Leach, Yvonne Lai, and Alix Bromley.