Male Voices brings together Australia's leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of music. Paul Holley - the conductor of Queensland's highly-acclaimed, award-winning, choral ensemble Birralee Blokes - discusses the phenomenal success of his choir. As well, internationally recognized scholars Scott Harrison and Bob Smith provide research into adolescent participation and indigenous music making respectively. Additionally, the book focuses on the interface of technology and music, instrumental music, and how music contributes to academic skills, social interaction, and life skills. From the banks of the Australia's Yarra to remote communities of the Far North, Male Voices presents a diverse range of experiences - with parents, teachers, musicians, men, and boys offering perspectives on their experience of music for the benefit and understanding of others.
Scott D Harrison is Lecturer in Music and Music Education at Griffith University with teaching and research duties across the Faculty of Education and Queensland Conservatorium. A graduate of Queensland Conservatorium, Dr Harrison has experience in teaching singing and music in primary, secondary and tertiary environments across state and private sectors. Performance interests and experience include opera and music theatre as both singer and musical director. His teaching areas focus on teacher education, and the supervision of doctoral candidates at the Conservatorium. Dr Harrison maintains contact with school-age activities through Griffith University's Young Conservatorium. He is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of males' involvement in music, a field in which he has presented extensively. Dr Harrison is the current National President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing and is in demand across the country as an examiner, adjudicator and clinician.
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