• History of Music Education (Biography Curriculum Pedagogy)
  • Technology Applicatons for Music Teaching and Learning (Online learning)



  • Assoc Prof Stevens' current research interests include the history of school music education in Australia, Britain, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region and the past and present use of the Curwen Method (Tonic Sol-fa), particularly in developing countries in southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He is also conducting research on the life histories of Samuel McBurney, Emily Patton and Ada Bloxham, who were Tonic Sol-fa advocates and practitioners during the nineteenth century in Victoria and overseas. His work at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music has included course development and teaching in the MMus(PerfTchng) course and he is currently associated with the iMCM Online Music Performance Teaching Project as project manager. Assoc Prof Stevens has published widely in research and scholarly journals and has written and edited books on technology applications in music education. He was Founding Editor of the Australian Online Journal of Arts Education, and was Research Editor of The Australian Journal of Music Education, Editor/Compiler of the Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research 1936-2013, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Music Education - Research, Music Education Research International, Research Studies in Music Education and The Asia-Pacific Journal for Music Education. He is a former editor of Music in Action (published by the Australian Music Association). He is currently co-editing the second edition of a book (with Gordon Cox from the University of Reading) entitled Origins and Foundations of Music in Compulsory Schooling: International Perspectives to be published by Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. Robin Stevens was a former Chairperson of the Commonwealth Government (Department of Education and Workplace Relations)’s Music Education Advisory Group (MEAG), former Director of the Australian Music Examinations Board (Vic) Limited, president and treasurer of the Australian Association for Research    


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1979
  • BEd, University of Melbourne 1972
  • BMus, University of Melbourne 1970



Available for supervision

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