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Clare Hall (PhD) is Lecturer in Performing Arts in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. Her practice-based research is committed to social justice through inclusive creative arts engagements across the lifespan. Working at the intersection of music, sound and performance, her interdisciplinary research and teaching brings together over 25 years of experience as a musician, performer, and educator.  Her qualitative scholarship draws on feminist and critical theory, applying ethnographic, narrative and arts-based methods to examine the intersections of gender, class, ethnicity, race and age in education and the arts. 

Her first book, Masculinity, Class and Music Education: Choirboys Performing Middle-class Masculinities, is published by Palgrave (2018), based on her multi-award winning doctoral study. This work was awarded by the Australian Association of Research in Education for its excellence in educational research by an early career researcher. Clare has co-convened the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education in London 2017 and Texas 2019 and co-edited the special issue journals: Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education (2018), with Gareth Dylan Smith and 'Critical Approaches to Arts Based Research', with Anne Harris & Mary Ann Hunter for the UNESCO Observatory Multidisciplinary Research in the Arts (2014).

Clare's education work with pre-service teachers promotes transdisciplinary teaching and learning through the temporal arts and embodied ways of knowing across the curriculum. Throughout her career as a school and community-based educator, Clare taught music and movement in Australian schools from Preschool-Year 12. She specialised in early childhood and primary arts education, with a focus on children’s singing, choral conducting and string education. 

Most recently, she has shared her expertise in socially engaged arts education and critical creative pedagogy working in Greece, China, Israel, and New Zealand. 

Monash teaching commitment




Research area keywords

  • Sociology of music education
  • Cultural study of music
  • Cultural sociology and sociology of education
  • Gender and class issues in education
  • Arts education
  • Arts-based, qualitative and narrative research methods
  • Diversity and Social Inclusion
  • Performing arts

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Projects 2017 2018

Research Output 2004 2019

Intergenerational understandings of personal, social and community assets for health

O'Connor, J. P., Alfrey, L., Hall, C. & Burke, G., May 2019, In : Health and Place. 57, p. 218-227 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A digital story about museums, arts and wellbeing

Burke, G., Hall, C., O'Connor, J., Alfrey, L., Kaye-Hardie, S., Price, A., Sproul, L. & Tkachenko, N., Jul 2018

Research output: Non-textual formAudio / Visual RecordingResearch

Open Access

Charting the past to understand the cultural inheritance of concert hall listening and audience development practices

Nicholls, C. D., Hall, C. & Forgasz, R., 4 Jul 2018, In : Paedagogica Historica. 54, 4, p. 502-516 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Masculinity, Class and Music Education: Boys Performing Middle-Class Masculinities through Music

Hall, C., 2018, London UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 219 p. (Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Community connections through the Arts

Snook, B., Burke, G., Harker Martin, B., Hall, C. A. & Valles, M., 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review


Award for Doctoral Research in Education

Clare Hall (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal

Clare Hall (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2019

Melbourne International Jazz Festival (External organisation)

Clare Hall (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Museums Victoria (External organisation)

Clare Hall (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

University of Wellington

Clare Hall (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Education Seminar Series Presentation

Geraldine Burke (Organiser), Clare Hall (Organiser)
29 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Levinsky College

Clare Hall (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Press / Media

ABC Digital Radio Interview

Clare Hall


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment