Current Conferences

43rd Conference 2021 Australia

Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education

Unmasking Music Education, the 43rd Conference 2021
28 October – 31 October

Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus
Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Queensland

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) is pleased to announce the 43rd Annual Conference. In 2021, the conference will be hosted by Southern Cross University (SCU), and ANZARME welcomes all music education researchers, from beginners to experienced.


Given the current uncertainties regarding conferences, the ANZARME committee is planning for the following two options:

Option 1. Real-time Conference with partial blended delivery (Face to Face with provision for online synchronous delivery) for presenters unable to travel.

In this scenario, all accepted papers will be presented face to face on site at the conference in real time, or as a synchronous-online (real time) delivery at the most suitable time for international delegates unable to attend in person. International presenters are asked to be available at the time of delivery to ensure the conference can proceed as scheduled.

Option 2: Fully online

In the case that travel restrictions and Covid-19 impacts the viability of the conference to run ‘live’ (face to face), the conference will move to a fully online format, similar to 2020. The decision regarding format will be made in the weeks prior and communicated to all accepted paper presenters. Details on presentation formats will also be communicated to accepted paper presenters at this time.

In anticipation that Option 1 will proceed, the following information applies.


The conference, hosted by the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts, will be held at SCU’s Gold Coast campus, Coolangatta, Queensland, from October 28 – 31, 2021. With a backdrop of the Scenic Rim mountains, SCU’s Gold Coast campus, Terminal Drive, Bilinga QLD is a short walk from Coolangatta airport and across the road from some of Australia’s finest beaches.


Following the disastrous summer of 2019-2020, Australia and New Zealand have been impacted by the Covid-19 epidemic. While spared the worst of the health crisis, Covid-19 has dramatically impacted the way music education has been delivered. At the same time, the crisis has forced music educators to rethink the way they operate. Accordingly, and appropriately, the conference theme of Unmasking Music Education reflects the opportunity to consider how we will operate in a post-Covid world.

Topics investigated in the ANZARME Conference may include (but are not limited to):

  • creating and nurturing healthy, sustainable and flexible learning environments
  • predicting future directions in music education and music professions and adapting courses and curricula to meet these challenges
  • preparing students for careers that encompass significant life changes and events
  • building resilience and recovery skills in learners, educators and musicians
  • the contribution of music to community welfare and human well-being
  • music as a vehicle of social, environmental and altruistic action and growth
  • the healing powers of music

Please note that papers that do not address the conference theme will also be accepted for consideration. The conference theme is intended as a guide. Participants, particularly beginning researchers and students undertaking research for the first time are invited to submit abstracts of their research that is work in progress. ANZARME provides a collegial and supportive environment for presentations.


Due Friday July 24 (equiv is July 23 in 2021)

Abstracts must be no more than 300 words and include your name and institutional affiliation. All abstracts are double blind peer reviewed. Notification with regards acceptance will be given as soon as practicable after submission

Please submit your abstract using the abstract submission form on this page (located to the right on desktop devices and towards the bottom of the page on mobile devices).


Thursday 28 October9am registration
10.30 am (formal welcome)
1.30 – 5pm Papers
Friday 29 October9:00 am – 5:00 pm Papers
Saturday 30 October9:00 am – 5.00 pm Papers
6.30 pm Conference Dinner
Sunday 31 October9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Papers 2:00 pm Close

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.


Full face to face participant: $250 (AUD)

Student: $140 (AUD)

Conference dinner: $70 (AUD)

All conference delegates must be ANZARME members:

Full: $50 (AUD)

Student: $25 (AUD)

Online presenters: $50 (AUD)

For international presenters and those unable to attend in person only. This is inclusive of ANZARME membership.


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. Previous winners are not eligible to apply. Student papers must be sole authored. Students must be currently enrolled in their research studies. 

CONFERENCE VENUE (Gold Coast campus)

Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta, just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport. Views of the Pacific Ocean can be seen from many vantage points in the campus buildings.

The library offers stunning views of the ocean and Gold Coast hinterland. Campus facilities include a one-stop-shop student services hub, innovative learning spaces, health science laboratories, lecture theatres with live video broadcasting, computer labs and student lounges.

Degrees on offer include arts, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, podiatry and pedorthics, psychological science, speech pathology, social science and social welfare, business, education, information technology, law and tourism. From 2020, students are able to undertake a degree in contemporary music at our new Coomera location on the Gold Coast.

Southern Cross University Gold Coast

Street address:
Southern Cross Drive
Bilinga QLD 4225
(Access via Terminal Drive, Gold Coast Airport)


The SCU Gold Coast campus is serviced by Translink bus services. For timetablesmaps and journey planners please visit the Translink website or download the free MyTransLink app. For discounted travel on public transport in Queensland see Travel concessions.

It is a three kilometre walk or cycle from Griffith Street, Coolangatta to SCU Gold Coast campus; a flat and scenic journey along the coast around Kirra Point. A delightful and refreshing way to start and end each conference day!


The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth-largest city, with a population of more than half a million people. Attractions include 70 kilometres of beaches, tropical rainforest hinterland and numerous bush walks, parklands, major shopping centres, markets and entertainment. Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of the City of the Gold Coast, Queensland with a population of approx. 6,000. It is named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked there in 1846. Coolangatta and its immediate neighbour Tweed Heads, straddle the eastern border of Queensland and New South Wales, and are consequently known as “Twin Towns”.


Coolangatta has a humid, subtropical climate with warm, wet summers and cool, moist winters. In October, the temperatures range from daytime highs of 24oC to 16oC at night, with a monthly precipitation of approx 88 ml. October is a wonderful season to spend time in this part of the Gold Coast, with warm sunny days and perfect swimming and walking weather.


Physical Activities:

Swimming, sailing, walking and cycling are popular daily activities around Coolangatta.

Marine Parade Coolangatta (parallel to Griffith Street) is an esplanade along the beachfront with parkland, walking tracks, access to beach and surf, markets, picnic areas.

Coolangatta Learn to Surf – professional instruction

Coolangatta Whale Watch  – 3 hour daily cruises

Coolangatta/Tweed Heads golf club

Local wildlife/nature parks:

David Fleay Wildlife Park, (corner West Burleigh Rd and Loman Rd, West Burleigh)

Currumbin Wildlife Santuary (28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin)

Day trips by bus to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

Live Entertainment:

Coolangatta Hotel (corner Marine Parade and Warner Street, Coolangatta) – great live music

The Showroom – Twin Towns Services Club (Wharf Street, Tweed Heads) – Australian and International shows, artists and cabaret

Coolangatta Surf Club, Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Dining: restaurants, take aways, cafes, bars everywhere


Griffith Street Larder for coffee, Shop 9, The Strand, Griffith St, Coolangatta

Cazzy’s Restaurant & Art Gallery, international dining, very reasonable prices, excellent views

Many restaurants specializing in fresh, locally caught seafood


Griffith Street, the main street in Coolangatta, provides services, banking, shopping

Several banks, Chemist Warehouse, dentists and doctors, supermarkets, bottle shops, hairdressers, barbers, post office

The Strand Mall, which joins Griffith Street and Marine Parade, features a diverse range of shopping, including casual to upmarket clothing and jewellery and Events Cinemas


Much of the accommodation is serviced apartments, 1, 2 or 3 bedroom. This could be a cheap opportunity for members, especially students, to share accommodation at a very nice venue.

Oaks Hotels and Resorts:

99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta Free call in Aust 1300 662293,  +61 7 55990000

Points North Apartments:

66 Marine Parade, Coolangatta Free call in Aust 1800 423336, +61 7 55360000

Tweed Ultima Apartments:

 20 Stuart Street, Tweed Heads +61 7 55993500

Kirra Palms Holiday Apartments:

112 Musgrave Street, Coolangatta

Greenmount Hotel:

3 Hill Street, Coolangatta

We look forward to welcoming you all

Dr Geoffrey Lowe
ANZARME President

Associate Professor Annie Mitchell and Christine Hainstock
Conference Organisers