Past Conferences

38th Conference 2016 New Zealand


The  39th Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education welcomes all researchers of music education , from beginner s to experienced.  While there is a conference theme – Connecting the Disconnected – the organizers  understand that not all researchers will wish to address the theme, and we are also happy  to receive these submissions.

For those researchers wishing to address the conference theme, the following guidelines  ar e intended to give some clarification:

Islands: The theme of the conference encourages presenters to consider crossing boundaries  in their research. This  crossing over might occur between methodologies , across the arts,  across styles and genres of music, sc hooling or levels of schooling, the dimensions of  amateur and professional, national borders, intellectual disciplines, or across religious and  cultural beliefs.

Islands are usually thought to be disconnected from other islands or from the mainland, but they are, in fact, connected both by the sea and by the seabed, the ground on which they are founded. The conference theme  suggests research that crosses boundaries or borders, which  relates to the nomadism of Deleuze, the hybridism of Bhabha, or the emancipatory curriculum espoused by Giroux. In defying the constraints of territories, we might consider de – territorialization (Foucault), and the realization that in connecting the disconnected we  allow our imagination s to create new knowledge.

PLEASE NOTE that papers which do not address the conference theme will still be accepted for consideration in the same way as those papers which do address the theme.

Abstract submission:  Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and include your name and institutional affiliation (if any) by Thursday 30 June, 2016. The abstracts will be triple peer – reviewed and notification with regards to acceptance will be given by mid – July at the latest. Earlier submissions will get an earlier response. Please send abstracts to:  Trevor  Thwaites

Presenters will have the opportunity to present their paper for 20 minutes and this will be  followed by a 10 minute opportunity for questions from the floor.

AUCKLAND: Auckland is centred between two harbours and dotted with 48 volcanic cones plus a  bordering rainforest. It is the major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island and the  largest city in the country. Its population is roughly 2 million and, while New Zealand has a  bicultural agreement in place with Māori, the indigenous culture of Aotearoa/New Zealand,  Auckland is also regarded as the largest Polynesian city in the world. The city’s downtown  CBD is on the edge of the Waitemata Harbour which flows out into the Hauraki Gulf, an area  dotted with islands, many accessible by ferry.  In central  Auckland , the Sky Tower has views  of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the  Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and  lined with bars and cafes. Auckland  Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct  volcano and home to the  Auckland Museum and formal Wintergardens. Kohimarama, Mission Bay and St Heliers b each es are within easy reach by bus and only minutes from Downtown. Downtown Auckland is approximately 15 minutes by bus to the conference venue and, for those who enjoy exercise, a 45 minute walk.

CONFERENCE VENUE: The 2016 conference will be held  at the Faculty of Education, 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom,  Auckland 1023 , New Zealand. The Faculty of Education is part of the University of Auckland.

Epsom is close to the city and is one of the more exclusive suburbs in Auckland, nice and  leafy,  en route to and from the Airport and close to Newmarket which has a broad selection  of shops, especially fashion, and a wide range of restaurants to suit all tastes to choose  from.  For the energetic, Mount Eden is 400 metres away from the venue and offers a mildly  challenging wa lk up the side of the mountain . T here is an alternative road route around the  opposite side. The view from the top of Mount Eden is a tourist  ‘ must do ’ because it offers  a  360 – degree panoramic view of Auckland and environs.

Organising Committee:

Dr Graham McPhail:  
Dr Trevor Thwaites:  
Robyn Trinick:  
Advisors David Sell and Christine Hainstock


Auckland Newmarket Motel, 189 Manukau Road, Epsom.

Probably the closest and about 6 – 10 minutes walk (amblers add 5 minutes) away from  conference venue . Next door is a Cantonese (Hong Kong) Restaurant and approximately a  dozen more varied restaurants  and boutique cinema with 200 metres right and 50 metres left of the motel.

Cornwall Park Motor Inn 317 Manukau Road  
www.cornwallpark –

10 – 15 minutes walk to the conference venue. Nice setting with a nice grassy area across the  road which leads to a portion of the expansive Cornwall Park  – nice for a quiet stroll.  Spas. A dozen more varied restaurants  and boutique cinema  with 100 metres right an d 100 metres left of the motel and Trev’s favourite fish and chip shop before big band rehearsals (grilled  fish and  freshly cut  non greasy chips) 50metres.

Ranfurly Evergreen Motel, 285 Manukau Rd

Close to Cornwall Park Motor Inn but nobody home when we called

Alpers Lodge, 1 6 Alpers Avenue, Newmarket 

15 – 20 minutes walk to conference venue. A popular motel in a busy one way street leading  to the motorway. Close to Newmarket shopping area , Hoyt cinemas and restaurants  – 5  – 10  minutes walk away.

Plenty of others to choose from by gradually moving further away for walkers although buses run along the main routes (still a short walk to venue).