Past Conferences

45th Conference 2023 Australia

Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education

Recovering, reconnecting and re-emerging, the 45th Conference, 2023
Friday October 20 (online virtual component)
Friday November 3 – Sunday November 5 (Face-to-face component)
Southern Cross University – Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Queensland

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) is pleased to announce the 45th Annual Conference. In 2023, the conference will be hosted by Southern Cross University, and ANZARME welcomes all researchers of music education, from beginning to experienced. This year, the conference will comprise two components: an online virtual component and the traditional face-to-face conference.


The virtual 2023 conference has been created specifically for delegates unable to attend the face-to-face event to share their latest research work, via live streamed academic presentations, discussions and Q and A sessions. The conference will take place across a 20-hour period on Friday October 20, 2023, to support our global attendees. Once abstracts have been submitted, reviewed, and accepted, the presentation schedules will be organised to best facilitate manageable time zones for Australia, Canada/USA, Europe, and ASIA.

Please note that the online virtual conferencewill run as a separate event to the main conference two weeks later. As is custom at all ANZARME conferences, all presenters are expected to be in attendance for the entire session within the allocated time, to support and network with other delegates from around the world. The structure will be aligned to facilitate the sharing of presentations around the world.

Please also note that there may be the need for presenters to participate early morning, mid-afternoon, or late evening, depending on the final program. Further, the online virtual conference will be synchronous, with no pre-recording of presentations, and all sessions run in real-time. Please consider this when submitting your abstract.


The face-to-face conference, hosted by the Faculty of Business, Law & Arts, will be held at SCU’s Gold Coast campus, Coolangatta, Queensland, from Friday November 3 – Sunday November 5. 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.


The past few years in Australia has been a time of devastating national events, from destructive bushfires in 2019 – 20, to horrendous floods in 2022. New Zealand also experienced the tragedy of Cyclone Gabrielle, and both countries have suffered disruption in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These events, the circumstances leading to them and possible pathways for recovery are questions of global magnitude. Consequently, the theme for ANZARME’s 2023 Conference is Recovering, reconnecting and re-emerging.

Problems identified and solutions sought from these tragic events in Australia and New Zealand may be replicated in education, the arts and music; disciplines that not only reflect and respond to culture and the environment, but with the potential to also shape them. Accordingly, topics for investigation 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.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: Due: Monday, July 31 (both online and face-to-face)

Abstracts for both the online and face-to-face conference must be no more than 300 words, include your name and institutional affiliation and ideally be structured as follows: 1) research context, 2) identification of research problem, 3) method of inquiry and 4) summary of findings/implications. However, we also accept abstracts in whichever format best suits a diverse range of forms including post-qualitative, philosophical, autoethnography, historical, arts-based methods, mixed methods, case-studies, qualitative and quantitative. All abstracts are triple blind peer reviewed. Notification with regards acceptance will be given as soon as practicable after submission. Please note, late abstracts can only be considered pending the availability of unfilled presentation places. Please download the Abstract Submission form next to the submission portal, complete the form and then submit



SESSION 1: 10 AM – 1 PM (AEST); SESSION 2: 3 PM – 6 PM (AEST)

(Please note final schedule will be published online and presenters from around the world will be placed into either session according to location)


Friday November 38:30 am Registration
9:00 am Formal welcome
9.30 – 5:00 pm Papers
Saturday November 48:30 am – 5.15 pmPapers
7:00 pmConference Dinner
Sunday November 58:45 am – 11:55 pmPapers
12:10 – 2:00 pmLunch, student prizes, and AGM
2:00 pmClose
Presenters will have the opportunity to present their paper for 20 minutes. This will be followed by a 5-minute opportunity for questions from the floor.

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 participant: $60 (AUD)

Student: $30 (AUD). Proof of student status may be required.


Full participant: $300 (AUD)

Student: $170 (AUD)

  • a small number of travel bursaries are available for student presenters and are awarded on a needs basis at the discretion of the ANZARME executive committee See below STUDENT TRAVEL BURSARIES

All conference delegates must be ANZARME members. Conference fees above are exclusive of ANZARME membership

Full: $60 (AUD)

Student: $30 (AUD). Proof of student status may be required.


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 three Post Graduate Research prizes; the Doreen Bridges Prize, the David Sell Prize and the Trevor Thwaites Prize. All three awards are for promising research presented at the face to face 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 presentations, and the awarding of the prizes is at the discretion of the adjudicators, pending the number and quality of eligible presentations.

Previous winners are not eligible to apply, and student papers must be sole authored. Students must be currently enrolled in their research studies. More details, including eligibility criteria, can be found at: Awards – ANZARME


A number of travel bursaries will be available to students formally enrolled in higher degree research programs in Australian and New Zealand universities, and awarded on individually demonstrated needs basis. Travel bursaries will be awarded 1) upon application to the ANZARME committee, and 2) upon receipt of travel receipts as proof of booking. Amounts awarded will be discretionary as judged by the ANZARME committee and will range from $250 – $500 per successful application.


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)

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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”.

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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

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


N.B. Prices and availability are subject to change. Prices are per person, per night, unless otherwise stated.

Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites

Rating: 4 star

Address: 99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta Qld.

Phone: 1300 662293 International: 61 7 55990000 National: 07 55990000


Cost: $187 corporate rate.

Distance to SCU Campus: 3.8 K. Beautiful 42-minute walk around Kirra Point. 8-minute drive.

Rydges Gold Coast Airport

Rating: 4 star

Address: Lot 5, Terminal Drive, Bilinga, Qld.

Phone: International 61 7 56198198 National: 07 56198198


Cost: Room $215, breakfast $30

Distance to SCU Campus: 1.4 K. 6-minute flat walk. 3-minute drive.

Coolangatta Sands Hotel Hostel

Rating: 3 star

Address: 1 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, Qld.

Phone: International 61 7 55363066 National: 07 55363066


Cost: Single room $100, Double room $120, 4-bed dorm $49. All accommodation has shared bathroom facilities.

Distance to SCU Campus: 2.8 K. Beautiful 36-minute walk around Kirra Point. 6-minute drive.

Gold Coast Airport Motel

Rating: 3 star. Prides itself on being extremely safe and clean.

Address: 95 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga Qld.

Phone: International 61 7 55366244 National: 07 55366244


Cost: $150-$165

Distance to SCU Campus: 700 metres. 10-minute flat walk. 2-minute drive.

Bila Vista Holiday Serviced Apartments

Rating: 3 star

Address: 37-43 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga, Qld.

Phone: International 61 7 55364909 National: 07 55364909


Cost: price per night per room: 1 bedroom deluxe $145, 2 bedroom $180

Distance to SCU Campus: 1.7 K. 15-minute flat walk. 4-minute drive.

We look forward to welcoming you all

Dr Geoffrey Lowe
ANZARME President

Associate Professor Annie Mitchell and Christine Hainstock
Conference Organisers