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Dr Jane Southcott is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her research foci are twofold. She explores community music, culture, ageing and engagement in the arts employing both a qualitative, phenomenological approach and quantitative strategies. Her other research field is historical, particularly concerning the development of the music curriculum in Australia, America and Europe. She is a narrative historian and much of her research is biographical.

Research interests

  • Music education and research in music education.
  • Music curriculum history in Australia, America and Europe.
  • Phenomenology 
  • Autoethnography
  • The Arts and positive ageing
  • Lifelong education and intergenerational engagement
  • Multiculturalism 
  • Diaspora

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Research area keywords

  • music education
  • community music
  • history of education
  • positive ageing
  • phenomenology
  • arts education
  • Multiculturalism and diversity
  • autoethnography
  • Inclusive Education
  • lifelong education
  • diaspora


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