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39th Conference 2017 Australia

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Time and Tide

39th Conference 2017
September 28 – October 1
Edith Cowan University, School of Education
Perth (Mt Lawley), Western Australia


Edith Cowan University, School of Education, is proud to welcome the 39th Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME). ANZARME welcomes all researchers of music education, from beginning to experienced. While we have created a conference theme, not everyone may wish to address it, and we will gratefully accept all submissions. For those wishing to address the conference theme, the following guidelines are offered:

Time: represents the unchanging nature of what lies at the core of music education

Tide: represents the ebb and flow of the political and social landscape surrounding music education

Thus, there are essentially two themes – one representing core business relating to pure music education research, and the other representing the political reality of changing philosophies, values and issues facing music education on all fronts today.  A subtext is also the fact that it takes a long time to get to WA (time), and Perth is set on the best beaches in Australia (tide)!

Please note that papers which do not address the conference theme will be accepted for consideration in the same way as the papers which do. The conference theme is intended as a guide only.

Abstract submissions:

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and include your name and institutional affiliation (if any) by Friday, June 30, 2017. The abstracts will be triple peer-reviewed and notification with regards acceptance will be given by mid-July at the latest. Earlier submissions will get an earlier response. Please send abstracts to: Dr Geoffrey Lowe,

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

In addition, presenters may wish to consider submitting full articles for publication in a special focus ANZARME conference edition of the Australian Journal of Teacher Education, pending articles meeting the publication guidelines. The AJTE is a high impact, peer-reviewed on-line journal. The deadline for consideration for publication in AJTE is Friday, August 7 (refer to Call for full articles for details).


Thursday September 28 – Welcome & Drinks
Friday September 29 – 9:00am until 5:00pm – Papers
Saturday September 30 – 9:00am until 5:00pm – Papers
Saturday September 30 – 6.30pm Conference – Dinner
Sunday October 1 – 9:00am until 12:00pm – Papers
Sunday October 1 – 12:00 until 2:00pm – Lunch and AGM
Sunday October 1 – 2:00pm – Close


Participants, particularly beginning researchers and students undertaking research for the first time are invited to submit abstracts of research proposals for work in progress.


To encourage new researchers, ANZARME provides two Post Graduate Research prizes; the Doreen Bridges Prize, and the David Sell Prize. Both awards are for promising research presented at the conference to Post Graduate students undertaking investigations in the field of music education. The prizes are awarded on the recommendations of a panel of adjudicators who attend the presentation.


Perth is the capital and largest city in Western Australia. It is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with an estimated population of just over 2 million (as of 30 June 2015) living in the metro area. Perth is part of the South West Land Division of WA, with the majority of the metro area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. Perth is famous for its beaches and its wildflowers (WA has the highest percentage of blue colored wildflowers anywhere in the world) – the ANZARME conference will be taking place at the peak of the annual wildflower season. We hope many of you will be inspired to stay for a few days and enjoy the best of what Perth and WA has to offer.

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Kings Park

A must for first-time visitors to WA, Kings Park, a sprawling natural park on Mt Eliza is within walking distance of the city center and offers stunning views of Perth CBD and the Swan River. It also features nature walks, the Botanic Gardens (stunning in wildflower season), the ‘air-bridge’ and a number of award-winning cafes and restaurants. It is a great place to orient yourself with Perth.


Famous for the whiteness of its sands and the constant temperature of the Indian Ocean, visitors can often catch glimpses of migrating humpback whales or dolphins at play. Cottesloe Beach, easily accessible by train from Perth CBD, offers a great starting place for investigating Perth’s beach culture.

Cruising the Swan

Set on the wide, meandering Swan River, a river cruise can be an ideal way to experience Perth in all its glory. You can either take a ride from Barracks Jetty down the river past Millionaires Row to Fremantle, or up the river to the Swan Valley (with its wineries). Both offer fantastic ways to discover Perth surrounds at a leisurely pace.

Rottnest Island

The more adventurous may prefer to catch a ferry over the Indian Ocean for a day on Rottnest Island. A 40 minute high speed ferry takes you to the island, named by the first Dutch Explorers for its population of Quokkas, mistaken by the Dutch for giant rats! There are no cars on Rottnest, only bikes, and it offers a leisurely escape from the city. You may also like to get a selfie with a Quokka, reputed to be the happiest animal on earth.


A short cruise down the river, or a 40 minute trip by train lies Fremantle, the historic port city and cappuccino capital of WA. After languishing for many years, it was spruced up for the Americas Cup in the 1980s and has become a tourist hotspot, with historic buildings (the Round House, Fremantle Jail), the Fremantle Markets, arts and crafts, fantastic cafes and of course, its famous fish and chips along the water front. Fremantle is known for its ‘alternative’ and Bohemian atmosphere!

The Swan Valley

A short drive (or ferry ride) from Perth CBD, the Swan Valley is home primarily to wineries, but has expanded to include cottage industries such as the famous Margaret River chocolate factory, cheese, honey, coffee, microbreweries and all sorts of other fresh produce. Many ‘grazing’ tours are available through this world-class region.

Margaret River region

For those wishing to go a bit further afield, the Margaret River region is perhaps the jewel in the crown in southwest WA. An easy three hour drive, it offers stunning coastal and forest scenery along with local fresh produce, forest hideaways, hiking, stunning beaches or whatever you require to relax and unwind. This time of year will see the southwest ablaze with the wildflower season in full swing.


Perth receives largely seasonal rainfall, and is the fourth wettest Australian capital city. However, summers are generally hot and dry, lasting from December to late March, with February generally being the hottest month of the year. Winters are relatively cool and wet, making Perth a classic example of a Mediterranean climate. Perth is a particularly sunny city for this type of climate; it averages over 8 hours of sunshine per day, which equates to around 3200 hours of annual sunshine, and over 138 clear days annually, making it the sunniest capital city in Australia. Average temperatures in September range from 15 – 20 degrees, while October ranges from 17 – 23 degrees.

CONFERENCE VENUE (School of Education, Mt Lawley Campus)

The 2017 conference will be held in the School of Education, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley, 6050, Perth, Western Australia. The School of Education is part of Edith Cowan University, and is the biggest school of education in Australia. The history of the school of education stretches back over 100 years to the establishment of the Claremont Teachers College in 1902.

Mt Lawley is an upmarket suburb 4 klm north of the Perth CBD, and is approximately 20 minutes from the Perth Domestic Airport (30 minutes from the International Airport). There are regular buses to and from the city on both Alexander Drive and Beaufort Street. Accommodation will be available in the new student village literally next door to the conference venue, and there are numerous eating places on campus. In addition, Beaufort Street, which is about 500 meters from ECU Mt Lawley campus, offers a wide range of restaurants, pubs and bars. Mt Lawley central, a five minute bus ride down Beaufort Street, offers a huge array of cuisines, shopping and entertainment.

Conference organisers

Dr Geoffrey Lowe:
John Heyworth: 
Dr Joan Pope 

Awards cordinator

Dr Jane Southcott:


ECU Mt Lawley Apartments (Student Village)
Ph: (08) 9370 6376

The student village is literally 100 meters from the conference venue. The rebuilt village is only four years old, and includes facilities such as a pool (for the brave), kitchen and laundry access. There are a couple of cafes (including a noodle bar) on campus, and access to a range of restaurants, pubs and cafes about a 500 meter walk to Beaufort Street. The Inglewood pub recently won an award for WA’s best pub food. Accommodation starts at $55 per night (minimum stay 3 nights) for single rooms in a five or six bedroom shared fully serviced apartment. Bookings need to be secured at least one month in advance.

Expresso Apartments
1/144 Central Avenue, Inglewood, WA, 6052

If you prefer staying off-campus, this is the closest accommodation nearby. The Expresso Apartments are approximately 400 meters from the conference venue, or a comfortable 10 minute walk along Central Ave. There are seven apartments in the complex, and they are listed as 3 star (but look a bit nicer than that). The apartments are very close to the eateries on Beaufort Street.

Civic Hotel
981 Beaufort Steet, Inglewood, WA, 6052 

The Civic Hotel is a pub about 1 kilometre away from the conference venue, or a 15 – 20 minute walk. It has generally good reviews for its accommodation, but bear in mind it is a live music venue, so be prepared for some noise on Saturday night. Again, it is close to eateries on Beaufort Street, and serves reasonable pub grub. Accommodation starts at around $70 per night.

Crawford House Bed and Breakfast at Perth Guesthouse
303 Crawford Road, Inglewood, WA, 6052
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Crawford House is a B&B for those who prefer a little more home comfort, and comes highly recommended on tripadvisor. Their rate includes breakfast. It is about a 500 meter walk from the conference venue along largely quiet backstreets. The properly changes hands in March 2016, so it may be worth checking more recent reviews as to whether it has maintained its high standards.

Durack House Bed and Breakfast
7 Almondbury Road, Mt Lawley, WA, 6050
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This is another B&B a bit further away from the conference venue – it would be a five minute taxi ride, or a 30 minute walk. However, again, it has received very high reviews and may offer a level of comfort to those wishing to stay on for an extended break after the conference. It looks stunning on the website.

There are also a range of standard hotel chains available in Perth, Northbridge, North Perth and East Perth. These are generally within 10 minutes of the conference venue by taxi, or 20 minutes for those travelling by public transport. If you have any further queries regarding ANZARME 2017, please do not hesitate to contact either Geoffrey or Joan.

We look forward to seeing you in Perth, and welcoming you to ANZARME 2017.

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