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Eleanor McPhee

PhD, BMus Hons1(UWS), BMus(USyd)

Examiner Number: 1179

Dr Eleanor McPhee has been an instrumental teacher and ensemble director for twenty years and was recently awarded her PhD in music from the University of Western Sydney for her investigation into the ways that instrumental teachers learn to teach. This thesis was awarded the Australian Society for Music Education Callaway Doctoral Award, presented on a biennial basis to the best doctoral thesis from an Australian university in the area of music education. Eleanor has taught in various areas of music skills and performance at the University of Wollongong, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Western Sydney and, most recently, was the National Education Content Manager for Musica Viva Australia where she developed the new schools touring show for TaikOz. Eleanor currently is a full time lecturer of music skills at the University of Wollongong.

Eleanor has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, most recently The Moving Picture Show, a project that creates historical performances of silent films from the 1920s with live orchestra and sound effects. When not performing and teaching, Eleanor writes on the topics of instrumental pedagogy, performance pedagogy, the historical performance practices of the silent film era and most recently, community music, which has seen her involved in the Honk! Oz Festival of Street Music.

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