PROF Jane Davidson

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Positions

  • Academic

Research expertise

  • Social Psychology of Music
  • artistic development
  • arts and health
  • emotion and expression in performance
  • historically informed performance practices
  • music education
  • vocal studies
Professor of Creative and Performing Arts (Music)
Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne.
Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Jane Davidson began her academic career in 1991, initially as a postdoctoral research fellow at Keele University, Staffordshire, then as a lecturer in music at City University, London. Between 1995 and 2006 she worked through the ranks from lecturer to full professor at University of Sheffield. Also, while in the UK, she taught on a sessional basis in the departments of vocal and academic studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She moved to Australia as the inaugural Callaway/Tunley Chair of Music at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and worked there 2006 to 2013.

She has five core areas of study: artistic development, arts and health, performance practices, emotion and expression in performance, and vocal studies. She has published extensively in the disciplines of music psychology and education, and now works in history of emotions, as well as reflective practice research. She has been the successful recipient of research grants internationally, and is a frequent reviewer for academic funding bodies and publishers.

She was Editor of Psychology of Music (1997-2001); Vice-President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2003-2006); and President of the Musicological Society of Australia (2010 and 2011). She also completed service working as a member of the Research Evaluation Committee for Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) for both the trial evaluation in 2009 and main assessment in 2012.

As a practitioner, she has worked as an opera singer and music theatre director. She continued her practical work in voice at UWA, coordinating the voice department and offering a range o f repertoire classes and staged productions. Now she supervises many postgraduate singers, alongside a range of performers, teachers, and music psychology and musicology scholars.

Subject Areas

  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Available for supervision

Yes.

Interested in supervising students in the following areas:
- Community music and wellbeing
- Music psychology
- Reflective practice research in music
- Vocal studies
- History of emotions as applied to music

Contact Details

Phone Number: 8344 0566
email: j.davidson@unimelb.edu.au

Publications

Journal Articles Refereed

LEE J, KRAUSE A, DAVIDSON J (2017), The PERMA well-being model and music facilitation practice: Preliminary documentation for well-being through music provision in Australian schools, Research Studies in Music Education, Vol 39, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1177/1321103X17703131
LIAO M-Y, DAVIDSON J (2016), The effects of gesture and movement training on the intonation of children's singing in vocal warm-up sessions, International Journal of Music Education, Vol 34, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1177/0255761415614798
LIAO M-Y, DAVIDSON J (2016), Enhancing gesture quality in young singers, Music Education Research, Vol 18, Issue 3 , DOI: 10.1080/14613808.2015.1060953
HARVEY DG, DAVIDSON J, NAIR CS (2016), Music Undergraduates' Usefulness and Importance Expectations: The Bologna Process from an Australian University Perspective, Frontiers in Psychology , DOI: 10.3339/fphsy.2016.01054
BROUGHTON MC, DAVIDSON J (2016), An Expressive Bodily Movement Repertoire for Marimba Performance, Revealed through Observers' Laban Effort-Shape Analyses, and Allied Musical Features: Two Case Studies, Frontiers in Psychology , DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01211
GARRIDO S, DAVIDSON J (2016), Emotional Regimes Reflected in a Popular Ballad: Perspectives on Gender, Love and Protest in ‘Scarborough Fair’, Musicology Australia, Vol 38, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1080/08145857.2016.1159646
LEE J, DAVIDSON J, KRAUSE A (2016), Older people’s motivations for participating in community singing in Australia, International Journal of Community Music, Vol 9, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1386/ijcm.9.2.191_1
LEE J, DAVIDSON J, MCFERRAN K (2016), Registered music therapists motivations and perceptions of the impact of their practices on the well-being of clients and themselves, Australian Journal of Music Therapy
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
GARRIDO S, DAVIDSON J (2015), The Modern Composer: Technology and the Creative Personality, Vol 5, Issue 2
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
GARRIDO S, BAKER F, DAVIDSON J, MOORE G, WASSERMAN S (2015), Music and trauma: the relationship between music, personality, and coping style, Frontiers in Psychology , DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00977
BROUGHTON MC, DAVIDSON J (2014), Action and familiarity effects on self and other expert musicians' Laban effort-shape analyses of expressive bodily behaviors in instrumental music performance: a case study approach, Frontiers in Psychology , DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01201
DAVIDSON J, ALMIEDA R (2014), An exploratory study of the impact of group singing activities on lucidity, energy, focus, mood and relaxation for persons with dementia and their caregivers, Psychology of Well-Being: theory, research and practice
DAVIDSON J (2014), Introducing the issue of performativity in music, Musicology Australia, Vol 36, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1080/08145857.2014.958269
DAVIDSON J, MCNAMARA B, ROSENWAX L, LANGE A, JENKINS S, LEWIN G (2014), Evaluating the potential of group singing to enhance the well-being of older people, Australasian Journal on Ageing, Vol 33, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00645.x
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
GARRIDO S, DAVIDSON J (2013), Music and Mood Regulation: A Historical Enquiry in Individual Differences and Musical Prescriptions Through the Ages, Australian Journal of Music Therapy, Vol 24, Issue 1
DAVIDSON J (2013), Musical taste, employment, education, and global region, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Vol 54, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12065
DAVIDSON J (2012), Bodily movement and facial actions in expressive musical performance by solo and duo instrumentalists: Two distinctive case studies, Psychology of Music, Vol 40, Issue 5 , DOI: 10.1177/0305735612449896
DAVIDSON J, FEDELE J (2011), Investigating group singing activity with people with dementia and their caregivers: Problems and positive prospects, Musicae Scientiae, Vol 15, Issue 3 , DOI: 10.1177/1029864911410954
EMBERLY A, DAVIDSON J (2011), From the kraal to the classroom: Shifting musical arts practice from the community to the school with special reference to learning tshigombela in Limpopo, South Africa, International Journal of Music Education, Vol 29, Issue 3 , DOI: 10.1177/0255761411408503
HILL K, DAVIDSON J (2011), Archivist Meets Ethnomusicologist: Reconstructing the John Blacking Papers, Ethnomusicology Forum, Vol 20, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1080/17411912.2011.591128
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 (2010), Meeting in music: the role of singing to harmonise carer and cared for, Arts & Health: an international journal for research, policy and practice, Vol 2, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1080/17533010903488608
ANSDELL G, DAVIDSON J, MAGEE WL, MEEHAN J, PROCTER S (2010), From “This F***ing life” to “that's better” … in four minutes: an interdisciplinary study of music therapy's “present moments” and their potential for affect modulation, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Vol 19, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1080/08098130903407774
ANSDELL , DAVIDSON J, MAGEE , MEEHAN , PROCTER (2010), From "This F***ing life" to "that's better" ... in four minutes: an interdisciplinary study of music therapy's "present moments" and their potential for affect modulation , Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Vol 19, Issue 1
DAVIDSON J, FAULKNER R, MCPHERSON G (2009), Motivating musical learning., The Psychologist, Vol 22, Issue 12
LA FMB, HOWARD DM, LEDGER W, DAVIDSON J, JONES G (2009), Oral contraceptive pill containing drospirenone and the professional voice: An electrolaryngographic analysis, Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, Vol 34, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1080/14015430802538879
WIGLEY C, FLETCHER J, DAVIDSON J (2009), Motor timing and precursor literacy skills in very young children, Annals of The New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 1169, Issue 1 , DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04778.x

Authored Research Books

DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (2014), My Life as a Playlist (ISBN:9781742585840)
MCPHERSON G, DAVIDSON J, FAULKNER R (2012), Music in our lives: Rethinking musical ability, development and identity, Oxford University Press

Full Written Papers Refereed

GARRIDO S, DAVIDSON J, BERNARD (2013), The Creative Personality - Composers of Music, Their Inspirations and Working Methods, Creativity and Cognition 2013, ACM Press

Research Book Chapters

GARRIDO S, DAVIDSON J (2016), Singing and Psychological Needs. In WELCH G, HOWARD DM, NIX J (Eds.), Handbook of Singing (ISBN:9780199660773)
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)
DELL H (2016), Haunting music: Hearing the voices of the dead. In DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (Eds.), Music and Mourning (ISBN:9781317092407)
CROOKE A, MCFERRAN K (2016), Music Therapy and Mourning. In DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (Eds.), Music and Mourning (ISBN:978-1-472-45879-7)
DAVIDSON J (2016), Embracing life in the face of death: Community singing with the elderly. In DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (Eds.), Music and Mourning: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ISBN:9781472458797)
DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (2016), On music and mourning. In DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (Eds.), Music and Mourning: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ISBN:9781472458797)
GARRIDO S, DAVIDSON J (2016), The Modern Funeral and Music for Celebration: Part I. In DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (Eds.), Music and Mourning: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ISBN:9781472458797)
GARRIDO S, DAVIDSON J (2016), The Modern Funeral and Music for Celebration: Part II. In DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (Eds.), Music and Mourning: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ISBN:9781472458797)
FAULKNER R, DAVIDSON J (2016), Syzygies, Social Worlds, and Exceptional Achievement in Music. In MCPHERSON G (Eds.), Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology (ISBN:9780199685851)
DAVIDSON J (2016), The Transition from Adolescent to Adult Music Learner. In MCPHERSON G (Eds.), The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development (ISBN:9780198744443)
DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (2016), Psychological approaches. In BROOMHALL S (Eds.), Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction (ISBN:9781138925748)
DAVIDSON J, MADDOX A (2016), Gestures. In BROOMHALL S (Eds.), Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction (ISBN:9781138925748)
DAVIDSON J, MADDOX A (2016), Music. In BROOMHALL S (Eds.), Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction (ISBN:9781138925748)
DAVIDSON J, MADDOX A (2016), Baroque music. In BROOMHALL S (Eds.), Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction (ISBN:9781138925748)
DAVIDSON J (2015), Practice based Music Research: Lessons from a Researcher's Personal History. In DOGANTAN-DACK M (Eds.), Artistic Practice as Research in Music: Theory, Criticism, Practice (ISBN:9781409445456)
DAVIDSON J, FAULKNER R (2015), Group Singing and Social Identity. In WELCH G, NIX J (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Singing (ISBN:9780199660773)
DAVIDSON J (2014), Creative Collaboration in Generating an Affective Contemporary Production of a Seventeenth Century Opera. In BARRET M (Eds.), Collaborative Creative Thought and Practice in Music (ISBN:9781472415844)
DAVIDSON J (2014), Implications for empirical expressive music performance research. In FABIAN D, TIMMERS R, SCHUBERT E (Eds.), Expressiveness in music performance: Empirical approaches across styles and cultures (ISBN:9780199659647)
DAVIDSON J, FAULKNER (2013), music in our lives. , The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice, Oxford University Press (ISBN:9780199794003)
DAVIDSON J (2013), The Role of Bodily Movement in Learning and Performing Music: Applications for Education. , The Oxfor Handbook of Music Education: Volume 1, Oxford University Press (ISBN:9780199730810)
DAVIDSON J (2012), Demonstrating musical knowledge. In BROWN A (Eds.), Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music, Cambridge Scholars Press
DAVIDSON J, EMBERLY A (2012), Embodied Musical Communication Across Cultures: Singing and Dancing, Quality of Life and Wellbeing Benefit. In MACDONALD R, KREUTZ G, MITCHELL L (Eds.), Music, Health, and Wellbeing, Oxford University Press
DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (2012), Musical emotions: some ideas from history, philosophy and psychology. , Grief and joy: emotions in the music of the 18th century (ISBN:9781740522595)
DAVIDSON J, MADDERN P (2012), The Power of Singing. In PRINCE R (Eds.), Singing Emotions Voices from History (ISBN:978-1-74052-258-8)
SATALOFF RT, DAVIDSON J (2012), The older singer. In MCPHERSON G, WELCH G (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1, Oxford University Press
DAVIDSON J (2011), Musical participation: expectations, experiences and outcomes. In DELIEGE I (Eds.), Music and the Mind: Essays in honour of John Sloboda
DAVIDSON J (2009), Movement and collaboration in musical performance. , Oxford Handbook to Psychology of Music
DAVIDSON J, MALLOCH S (2009), Musical communication: the body movements of performance. In TREVARTHEN C (Eds.), Communicative Musicality: Exploring the basis of human companionship

Book Chapters Other

DAVIDSON J (2013), Michael Howe Remembered. , The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice, Oxford University Press (ISBN:978-0-19-979400-3)
DAVIDSON J (2007), Directing La pùrpura de la rosa. , Bringing the first Latin-American opera to life: staging La púrpura de la rosa in Sheffield (ISBN:9780907310655)
DAVIDSON J, TRIPPETT A (2007), Staging an Opera the Sheffield version. , Bringing the First Latin-American Opera to Life: Staging La pùrpura de la rosa in Sheffield (ISBN:9780907310655)
DAVIDSON J, JORDAN N (2007), Private Teaching, Private Learning. , International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, Springer (ISBN:978-1-4020-2998-1)
DAVIDSON J (2006), ‘She’s the One’: Multiple Functions of Body Movement in a Stage Performance by Robbie Williams. In GRITTEN A, KING E (Eds.), Music and Gesture, Ashgate (ISBN:978-0-7546-5298-4)
DAVIDSON J, BURLAND K (2006), Tracing the transition from child to adult: Musician identity formation in adolescence. , The Child As Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development, Oxford University Press
DAVIDSON J, COULAM A (2006), Exploring jazz and classical solo singing performance behaviours: A preliminary step towards understanding performer creativity. In DELIEGE I, WIGGINS G (Eds.), Musical Creativity: Current research in theory and practice, Oxford University Press
MCPHERSON G, DAVIDSON J (2006), Playing an instrument. , The Child As Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development, Oxford University Press
DAVIDSON J (2005), Bodily communication in musical performance. In MIELL D, MACDONALD R, HARGREAVES D (Eds.), Musical Communication, Oxford University Press
BURLAND K, DAVIDSON J (2004), Training talented musicians. , The Music Practitioner: Research for the Music Performer, Teacher and Listener, Ashgate (ISBN:978-0-7546-0465-5)
COIMBRA DCC, DAVIDSON J (2004), Assessing vocal performance. , The Music Practitioner: Research for the Music Performer, Teacher and Listener, Ashgate (ISBN:978-0-7546-0465-5)
DAVIDSON J (2004), Making a Reflexive Turn: Practical Music as Research. , The Music Practitioner: Research for the Music Performer, Teacher and Listener, Ashgate (ISBN:978-0-7546-0465-5)
DAVIDSON J (2004), What social psychology of music offers music therapy. In ANSDELL G, PAVLICEVIC M (Eds.), Community Music Therapy, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
DAVIDSON J, KING EC (2004), Strategies for ensemble performance. In WILLIAMON A (Eds.), Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Performance, Oxford University Press
DAVIDSON J (2004), Analysing music as social behaviour. In CLARKE E, COOK N (Eds.), Empirical Musicology: Aims, Methods, Prospects, Oxford University Press
HOWE MJA, DAVIDSON J (2003), The early progress of able young musicians. In STERNBERG R, GRIGORENKO E (Eds.), The Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise, Cambridge University Press
DAVIDSON J (2002), Developing Performance Skills. In RINK J (Eds.), Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding, Cambridge University Press

Edited Books

DAVIDSON J, GARRIDO S (2016), Music and Mourning: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
DAVIDSON J (2013), Resurrexit, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (ISBN:978-1-74052-264-9)
DAVIDSON J, PRINCE R (2012), Singing emotions: voices from history, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (ISBN:9781740522588)
DELIEGE I, DAVIDSON J (2011), Music and the Mind: Essays in honour of John Sloboda, Oxford University Press
DAVIDSON J, TRIPPETT A (2007), Bringing the first Latin-American opera to life: staging La púrpura de la rosa in Sheffield (ISBN:9780907310655)
DAVIDSON J (2004), The Music Practitioner (ISBN:978-0-7546-0465-5)

Conference Proceedings

LEE J, DAVIDSON J, KRAUSE AE (2015), Maintaining wellness of elderly people through community choirs in Australia, Musicking: from clinical practice to community care

Publications of Creative Research

DAVIDSON J (2014), Vision, collaboration and homecoming

Education and Training

  • MA in Contemporary Arts (Dance Choreography) MA Contemp Arts , University of Leeds, 2002
  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling Grad Cert Counsel , Keele University, 1993
  • PhD in Music Psychology PhD , City University, 1991
  • Master of Arts in Music Performance Studies (Distinction) MA Perf Studies , City University, 1986
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education PGCE , Goldsmiths, The University of London, 1984
  • Creative Arts (Music), 1st Class BA Hons , , 1983
  • Measuring and Evaluating Regional Community Engagement ( ) awarded by , 2015-2016
  • MUSICAL INVESTMENT: ASSESSING AND ENABLING MUSICAL PARTICIPATION FOR WELL BEING IMPACT ACROSS THE LIFESPAN ( Discovery Projects ) awarded by AUST RESEARCH COUNCIL, 2014-2017
  • ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE HISTORY OF EMOTIONS ( Centres of Excellence ) awarded by UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, 2011-2017
  • ( ) awarded by , 2017-2017