PROF Gary McPherson

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Ormond Professor Gary McPherson is a multi-faceted music professional whose career includes performances as a trumpeter and conductor with various ensembles throughout Australia, three major longitudinal research studies involving musicians in Australia and the United States, and over 30 years as an academic in Universities teaching music education, research techniques, music psychology, performance science, music psychology, and musicianship.

Gary completed his undergraduate training in music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before gaining a Licentiate (L.T.C.L) and Fellowship (F.T.C.L.) in trumpet performance from Trinity College, London, a Master of Music Education at Indiana University and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is a former President of the Australian and International Societies for Music Education and is respected as an international advocate for the power of music in people’s lives and in children’s education.

Gary’s research has provided an increased and deepened understanding of how individuals develop wide-ranging musical skills. Investigating the biological, cognitive and social process involved in acquiring and applying musical competencies, and the personal, environmental and developmental factors that affect musical development, ability, identity, and wellbeing more generally, he is widely accepted as having had very considerable impact on both music education theory and, not least, its everyday international practice. The value of this contribution is evidenced by widespread citations, guest lecturing at over 60 universities in around 30 different countries, and well over 100 keynote presentations at national and international conferences in various parts of the world.

Gary has served on the editorial boards of all the major English language research journals in music education and is currently an Associate Editor for Psychology of Music, Research St udies in Music Education (which he helped establish in 1993), and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies. His published output is prolific, with 200 articles and book chapters in a wide range of journals, books and conference proceedings. Included among these is a co-authored volume entitled Music in our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development and Identity (OUP, 2012) and co-edited books such as The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning (2002), Children Composing (1998), The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development (2006), Orientamenti per la didattica strumentale Dall’esperienza alla ricerca (2007), Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology and Ethnomusicology (2016), and the two volume Oxford Handbook of Music Education (2012).

Since arriving in Melbourne, Gary has been instrumental in establishing interdisciplinary connections across the university and part of the driving force behind the Music, Mind & Wellbeing initiative. Previous positions have included serving as the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Endowed Chair in the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Professor of Creative Arts at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

To view Gary's research profiles, please see his webpages on the following sites:

Google Scholar: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/6mna
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gary_Mcpherson2
Academia: https://svbh.academia.edu/GaryMcPherson />

Available for supervision

Yes.
Broad Areas of Expertise:
Music Psychology
Music Performance Science
Music Education

Topics:
Education and development of instrumentalists/vocalists from novice to expert levels
Research on self-regulation, self-determination and motivation
Musical ability, development and identity
Giftedness and talent in music
Music in everyday life
Music and wellbeing

Contact Details

Phone Number: 83447889
email: g.mcpherson@unimelb.edu.au

Publications

Research Book Chapters

MCPHERSON G, DAVIDSON J, EVANS P (2016), Playing an Instrument. , The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development (ISBN:978-0-19-874444-3)
MCPHERSON G, MILLS J (2016), Musical literacy: Reading traditional clef notation. In MCPHERSON GE (Eds.), The child as musician: A handbook of musical development (ISBN:9780198744443)
MCPHERSON G, SCHUBERT E (2016), Underlying mechanisms and processes in the development of emotion perception in music. In MCPHERSON GE (Eds.), The child as musician: A handbook of musical development (ISBN:978-0198530329)
MCPHERSON G, WILLIAMON A (2016), Building gifts into musical talents. In MCPHERSON GE (Eds.), The child as musician: A handbook of musical development (ISBN:9780198744443)
MCPHERSON G, HALLAM S (2016), Musical potential. In HALAM S, CROSS I, THAUT M (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of music psychology (ISBN:9780198722946)
MCPHERSON G, EVANS P, KUPERS E, RENWICK JM (2016), Applying self-determination and self-regulation theories for optimizing music performance. In MORNELL A (Eds.), Art in Motion III Performing Under Pressure (ISBN:9783631671726)
MCPHERSON G, EVANS P (2016), Processes of musical identity consolidation during adolescence. In MACDONALD R, HARGREAVES DJ, MIELL D (Eds.), Oxford handbook of musical identities (ISBN:9780199679485)
GAGNÉ F, MCPHERSON G (2016), Analyzing musical prodigiousness using Gagné's Integrative Model of Talent Development. In MCPHERSON GE (Eds.), Musical prodigies: Interpretations from psychology, education, musicology and ethnomusicology (ISBN:978-0-19-968585-1)
DE MINK F, MCPHERSON G (2016), Musical prodigies within the virtual stage of YouTube. In MCPHERSON GE (Eds.), Musical prodigies: Interpretations from psychology, education, musicology and ethnomusicology (ISBN:9780199685851)
MCPHERSON G (2015), Von fremdgesteuertem Üben zu selbstgesteurerten Lernaktivitäten: Schlüsselprozesse effizienten musikalishchen Lernens verstehen. In KRUSE-WEBER S, BOROVNJAK B (Eds.), Gesund und Motiviert Musizieren: Ein Leben lang (Musickergesundheit Zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit) (ISBN:9783795708672)
MILBRATH, CONSTANCE , MCPHERSON G, OSBORNE M (2015), Artistic Development. In LIBEN LS, MULLER U, LERNER RM (Eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science. Volume 2: Cognitive Processes (ISBN:978-1-118-13678-2)
OSBORNE M (2014), Building performance confidence. In MCPHERSON G (Eds.), The child as musician: A handbook of musical development, Oxford University Press
MCPHERSON G (2014), Prodigy. , Music in social and behavioral sciences (ISBN:9781452283036)
MCPHERSON G, NIELSEN S, RENWICK JQ (2013), Self regulation interventions and the development of music expertise. , Applications of self-regulated learning across diverse disciplines, Information Age Publishing (ISBN:978-1-62396-133-6)
SCHUBERT E, FERGUSON S, FARRAR N, TAYLOR D, MCPHERSON G (2013), The six emotion-face clock as a tool for continuously rating discrete emotional responses to music. , From sounds to msuic and emotions, Springer-Verlag Heidelberg (ISBN:978-3-642-41247-9)
MCPHERSON G (2012), Using self-regulation to unlock musical success. , Art in Motion II: Motor Skills, Motivation and Musical Practice, Peter Lang Publishing (ISBN:978-3-631-62263-6)
MCPHERSON G, WELCH G (2012), Critical Reflections and Future Action. , The Oxford Handbook of Music Education: Volume II (ISBN:9780199928019)
WELCH G, MCPHERSON G (2012), Introduction and commentary: Music education and the role of music in people's lives. , Oxford Handbook of Music Education Volume 1 (ISBN:9780199730810)
MCPHERSON G, LEHMANN A (2012), Exceptional musical abilities – child prodigies. , Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Oxford University Press (ISBN:9780199928019)
MCPHERSON G (2012), Preface. , The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development
MCPHERSON G, RENWICK J (2011), Self-regulation and mastery of musical skills. , Handbook of self-regulation of learning and performance, RoutledgeCurzon (ISBN:9780415871112)
MCPHERSON G, ZIMMERMAN B (2011), Self-Regulation of Musical Learning: A social cognitive perspective on performance skills. , MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning, vol 1, Oxford University Press (ISBN:9780195386684)
WOODY R, MCPHERSON G (2010), Emotion and motivation in the lives of performers. , Handbook of music and emotion: theory, research, and applications, Oxford University Press (ISBN:9780199230143)
MCPHERSON G, HALLAM S (2009), Musical Potential. , The Oxford handbook of music psychology., Oxford University Press (ISBN:9780199298457)
ALTENMUELLER E, MCPHERSON G (2008), Motor Learning and Instrumental Training.. , Neurosciences in music pedagogy., Nova Science Publishers

Major Reference Works

MCPHERSON G, EVANS P (2014), Education, Music, Music in the social and behavioral sciences (ISBN:978-1452283036)
MCPHERSON G, WILLIAMON A (2012), Giftedness and Talent, The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development (ISBN:9780191689765)
MCPHERSON G (2009), Music, The child: An encyclopedic companion., University of Chicago Press

Journal Articles Refereed

OSBORNE M, MCPHERSON G, FAULKNER R, DAVIDSON J, BARRETT MS (2016), Exploring the academic and psychosocial impact of El Sistema-inspired music programs within two low socio-economic schools, Music Education Research, Vol 18, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1080/14613808.2015.1056130
MCPHERSON G, OSBORNE M, BARRETT MS, DAVIDSON J, FAULKNER R (2015), Motivation to study music in Australian schools: The impact of music learning, gender, and socio-economic status, Research Studies in Music Education, Vol 37, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1177/1321103X15600914
EVANS P, MCPHERSON G (2015), Identity and practice: The motivational benefits of a long-term musical identity, Psychology of Music, Vol 43, Issue 3 , DOI: 10.1177/0305735613514471
KUPERS E, VAN DIJK M, VAN GEERT P, MCPHERSON G (2015), A mixed-methods approach to studying co-regulation of student autonomy through teacher-student interactions in music lessons, Psychology of Music, Vol 43, Issue 3 , DOI: 10.1177/0305735613503180
KÜPERS E, DIJK M, MCPHERSON G, GEERT P (2014), A dynamic model that links skill acquisition with self-determination in instrumental music lessons, Musicae Scientiae, Vol 18, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1177/102986491399181
WATERS S, MCPHERSON G, SCHUBERT E (2014), Facilitators and impediments for elective music and sport in adolescent males, Sage Open, Vol x, Issue x , DOI: 10.1177/2158244014529779
TAN Y, MCPHERSON G, PERETZ I, BERKOVIC S, WILSON S (2014), The genetic basis of music ability, Frontiers in Psychology , DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00658
EVANS P, MCPHERSON G, DAVIDSON J (2013), The role of psychological needs in ceasing music and music learning activities, Psychology of Music, Vol 41, Issue 5 , DOI: 10.1177/0305735612441736
LEUNG B, MCPHERSON G (2011), Case studies of factors affecting the motivation of musical high achievers to learn music in Hong Kong, Music Education Research, Vol 13, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1080/14613808.2011.553278
MCPHERSON G, HENDRICKS KS (2010), Early stages of musical development: Relationships between sensory integration dysfunction, parental influence, and musical disposition of a three-year-old “maestro.”, International Journal of Music Education, Vol 28, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1177/0255761409351353
MCPHERSON G, O'NEILL S (2010), Students' motivation to study music as compared to other school subjects: a comparison of eight countries, Research Studies in Music Education, Vol 32, Issue 2
MCPHERSON G, HENDRICKS K (2010), Students' motivation to study music: The United States of America, Research Studies in Music Education, Vol 32, Issue 2
MCPHERSON G, LEUNG B (2010), Students' motivation to study music: the Hong Kong context, Research Studies in Music Education, Vol 32, Issue 2
FAULKNER R, DAVIDSON J, MCPHERSON G (2010), The value of data mining in music education research and some findings from its application to a study of instrumental learning during childhood, International Journal of Music Education, Vol 28, Issue 3 , DOI: 10.1177/0255761410371048
DAVIDSON J, FAULKNER R, MCPHERSON G (2009), Motivating musical learning., The Psychologist, Vol 22, Issue 12
MCPHERSON G, GHAZALI G (2009), Malaysian children’s attitudes toward learning music., Music Education Research, Vol 11, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1080/14613800902924474
MCPHERSON G (2009), The role of parents in children’s musical development., Psychology of Music, Vol 37, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1177/0305735607086049

Full Written Papers Refereed

MOORE G, STEVENS R, MCPHERSON G (2015), Videoconferencing for teaching and learning using highly interactive pedagogy, roceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
MCPHERSON G, OSBORNE M, BARRETT S, FAULKNER (2014), Researching Australian school children's perceptions and outcomes of music learning, International Society for Music Education 2014, International Society for Music Education
MCPHERSON G (2014), From child to musician: self-regulation as a means of documenting progress from beginning to advanced levels of musicianship, The power of educational research for innovation and policy, American Educational Research Association
MCPHERSON G (2013), Evidence based approaches to assessing visual, aural and creative aspects of musical performance, 3rd International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Gia Publications Inc
MCPHERSON G (2013), Redefining conceptions of musical ability, development and identity, Australian Society for Music Education XIV National Conference
SCHUBERT E, FERGUSON S, TAYLOR D, MCPHERSON G (2012), Continuous Response To Music Using Discrete Emotion Faces, Music and Emotions, Springer Verlag
TAYLOR D, SCHUBERT E, FERGUSON S, MCPHERSON G (2012), The role of musical features in the perception of initial emotion, 9th international symposium on computer music modeling and retrieval, Springer Verlag
SCHUBERT E, FERGUSON S, FARRAR N, MCPHERSON G (2011), Sonification of Emotion I: Film Music, The 17th International Conference on Auditory Display, ICAD
MCPHERSON G (2009), Playing together in ways that cater for and fulfill student musicians’ psychological, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2009, University of Auckland
MCPHERSON G, RENWICK JM (2009), Multiple motives: Profiles of young Australian’s reasons for musical engagement., Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2009, University of Auckland

Full Written Papers Unrefereed

MCPHERSON G (2010), Music in our lives: A study of the progress of three types of students., Music Education Research Table, University of Queensland
MCPHERSON G (2009), Musically involved young people’s lives., Music Council of Australia Annual Board meeting., Music Council of Australia
MCPHERSON G (2009), Music in our lives: Rethinking musical development, ability and identity., European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music ESCOM 2009 Conference, European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music

Authored Research Books

MCPHERSON G, DAVIDSON J, FAULKNER R (2012), Music in our lives: Rethinking musical ability, development and identity, Oxford University Press
PARNCUTT R, MCPHERSON G (2011), The Science & Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Edited Books

MCPHERSON G (2016), Musical prodigies: Interpretations from psychology, education, musicology and ethnomusicology (ISBN:978-0-19-968585-1)
MCPHERSON G, WELCH G (2012), Oxford Handbook of Music Education volume 2 (ISBN:9780199928019)

Book Chapters Other

MCPHERSON G (2013), Foreword. , Markets, Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy (ISBN:9781611222401)
MCPHERSON G, WELCH G (2012), Introduction and commentary: Music education and the role of music in people’s lives. , Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Oxford University Press (ISBN:9780199730810)
MCPHERSON G, DAVIDSON J (2006), Playing an instrument. , The Child As Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development, Oxford University Press

Conference Proceedings

MCPHERSON G, OSBORNE M, EVANS P, MIKSZA P (2017), The use of microanalysis as an innovative tool for improving musician’s self-regulated learning and practice efficiency, 2017 International Symposium of Performance Science
MCPHERSON G, MORNELL A, OSBORNE M (2017), International Symposium on Performance Science, International Symposium on Performance Science 2017
MCPHERSON G, EVANS P, RYAN R (2017), Motivation, engagement, and performance in elite musical training: A longitudinal study, Abstracts of the International Symposium on Performance Science
MCPHERSON G (2015), Musical Prodigies: Early Manifestations, Catalysts and Outcomes, Abstracts of the International Symposium on Performance Science
EVANS P, MCPHERSON G (2015), Practice quantity, practice quality, motivation, and their roles in improving performance, Abstracts of the International Symposium on Performance Science
FERGUSON S, SCHUBERT E, LEE D, CABRERA D, MCPHERSON G (2013), A Comparison between Continuous Categorical Emotion Responses and Stimulus Loudness Parameters, 2013 FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION, INTELLIGENCE, SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS (IISA 2013)
FERGUSON S, SCHUBERT E, LEE D, CABRERA D, MCPHERSON G (2013), A comparison between continuous categorical emotion responses and stimulus loudness parameters, IISA 2013 - 4th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications

Journal Articles

MCCORMICK J, MCPHERSON G (2007), Expectancy-value motivation in the context of a music performance examination
MCPHERSON G, MCCORMICK J (2006), Self-efficacy and music performance
MCPHERSON G (2005), From child to musician: Skill development during the beginning stages of learning an instrument
MCPHERSON G (2004), Editorial
STEVENS RS, MCPHERSON G (2004), Mapping Music Education Research in Australia
MCCORMICK J, MCPHERSON G (2003), The role of self-efficacy in a musical performance examination: An exploratory structural equation analysis
MCPHERSON G (2000), Editorial
MCPHERSON G, MCCORMICK J (2000), The contribution of motivational factors to instrumental performance in a music examination
MCPHERSON G, THOMPSON WF (1998), Assessing music performance: Issues and influences
MCPHERSON G, VAN ERNST B (1997), Editorial
MCPHERSON G, BAILEY M, SINCLAIR KE (1997), Path analysis of a theoretical model to describe the relationship among five types of musical performance
MCPHERSON G (1995), The Assessment of Musical Performance: Development and Validation of Five New Measures
MCPHERSON G (1994), Factors and Abilities Influencing Sightreading Skill in Music

Book Chapters

MCPHERSON G (2012), Foreword. , Lifelong Engagement with Music: Benefits for Mental Health and Well-Being
MILLS J, MCPHERSON G (2012), Musical Literacy. , The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development
AUSTIN J, RENWICK J, MCPHERSON G (2012), Developing Motivation. , The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development
SCHUBERT E, MCPHERSON G (2012), The Perception of Emotion in Music. , The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development
O'NEILL SA, MCPHERSON G (2011), Motivation. , The Science & Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning
MCPHERSON G, GABRIELSSON A (2011), From Sound to Sign. , The Science & Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy PhD , University of Sydney, 1993
  • Master of Music Education MMusEd , Indiana University, 1982
  • Diploma of Music Education DipMusEd , Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1977
  • Fellowship, Trinity College, London FTCL , Trinity College London, 1976
  • Licentiate, Trinity College, London LTCL , Trinity College London, 1975
  • The genetic basis of singing ability: A twin study. ( Discovery Projects ) awarded by AUST RESEARCH COUNCIL, 2017-2019
  • Understanding motivation and practice quality in elite music performance ( Discovery Projects ) awarded by AUST RESEARCH COUNCIL, 2015-2019
  • Building resilient school communities through tailored arts programs. ( Linkage Projects ) awarded by AUST RESEARCH COUNCIL, 2015-2018
  • IBES - CREATING MUSICAL FUTURES VIA THE NBN THROUGH IMCM FOR STUDENTS IN RURAL AND REMOTE COMMUNITIES ( ) awarded by , 2013-2015
  • Creating musical futures in Australian schools and communities: Refining theory and planning for practice through empirical innovation ( Discovery Projects ) awarded by AUST RESEARCH COUNCIL, 2010-2015
  • REDEFINING CONCEPTIONS OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT EMOTIONAL RESPONSES TO MUSIC USING TIME-SERIES ANALYSIS ( Discovery Projects ) awarded by UNIVERSITY OF NSW, 2010-2014
  • DP1093041 Prof GE McPherson; Prof JW Davidson; Prof MS Barrett; Dr R Faulkner

    Approved Creating musical futures in Australian schools and communities: Refining theory and
    Project Title planning for practice through empirical innovation
    2010 : $ 90,000
    2011 : $ 90,000
    2012 : $ 108,000
    2013 : $ 85,000
    Primary RFCD 4101 PERFORMING ARTS

    Administering Organisation The University of Melbourne

    Project Summary
    This proposal forms a logical and much needed extension of the Commonwealth Government's (2005) National Review of Music Education. It will establish international leadership for Australian music education research by constructing the most complete picture of children's motivation to study music ever attempted. A series of interconnected studies will refine theory in ways that can be used to mobilize public awareness of the life long sense of wellbeing and enjoyment that artistic appreciation and participation in music can offer, and future efforts to promote more effective

    DP1094998 Dr E Schubert; Dr DA Cabrera; Prof GE McPherson

    Approved Redefining conceptions of child and adolescent emotional responses to music using
    Project Title time series analysis
    2010 : $ 80,000
    2011 : $ 85,000
    2012 : $ 100,000
    2013 : $ 20,000
    Primary RFCD 4101 PERFORMING ARTS

    Administering Organisation The University of New South Wales

    Project Summary
    The National Review of Music Education recognizes the need to understand more fully how musical experiences impact on children's emotional and general development. Australian researchers are leaders in the field of continuous response to emotion in music. Our international leadership on this critically important issue will result in new ways of understanding music and teaching music to children through to adults because our explanations of affective aspects of mu ( ) awarded by , 2017-2017