A/PROF Sally Treloyn

A/PROF Sally Treloyn


  • Ethnomusicology; Australian Aboriginal; postcolonial; intercultural collaborative research; comparative analysis; digital humanities



  • Dr Sally Treloyn (PhD Ethnomusicology, USYD) is an ARC Future Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music undertaking several research projects and contracts. As Co-Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures, Sally plays a strategic role in the Indigenous research and research training agenda of the Faculty with the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development. Sally serves on the University's Education, Fine Arts Music and Business Human Ethics Sub-Committee, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and is a member of the Wilin Executive Committee. Sally's primary research interests are Australian Aboriginal song and dance practices (with special expertise in traditions of the Kimberley and west Pilbara), sustainability and resilience, and archives and collections.   


Member of

  • International Council for Traditional Music. Member 2013 -
  • Music, Mind, Wellbeing Initiative. Member 2012 -
  • National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia. Secretary to the Steering Committee 2008 -
  • Society for Ethnomusicology. Member 2006 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Fellowships
    ARC Future Fellowship 'Singing the Future: assessing the effectiveness of repatriation for the vitality of indigenous song' (2016-2020)
    John McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010 - 2012)
    Australian Postdoctoral (Industry) Research Fellowship (2009 - 2011) - awarded but not accepted

    2015-2017 Australian Research Council DP150100094
    Hearing histories of the western Pilbara: an interdisciplinary study of Indigenous songs composed in the Pilbara
    region of Western Australia in the twentieth century and technologies to sustain them into the future

    Chief Investigators: Sally Treloyn (lead), Nick Thieberger (The University of Melbourne), Mary Anne Jebb (AIATSIS)
    Partner Investigators: Kimberly Christen (Washington State University), Andrew Dowding (Tarrarru Pty Ltd)

    2013 University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Engagement and Partnerships Staff Grant
    Indigenous Musical Arts and Wellbeing
    Investigators: Sally Treloyn and Linda Payi Ford (Charles Darwin University, National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia)

    2012-2014(2016) Australian Research Council LP120020721
    Children, Knowledge and Country: Evaluating and developing music-based strategies for teaching and learning in remote Aboriginal communities in WA
    Chief Investigators: Sally Treloyn (lead), Jane Davidson (The University of Melbourne), Kathryn Marsh (The University of Sydney)
    Partner Investigators: Andrea Emberly (original lead, University of Western Australia, York University), Robert Faulkner (University of Western Australia), Siobhan Casson and Patsy Bedford (Kimberley Language Resource Centre).
    Industry Partner: Kimberley Language Resource Centre.

    2011-2013(2015) Australian Research Council LP0990650
    Strategies for preserving and sustaining Australian A   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 2007
  • BMusHons, University of Sydney 1998

Awards and honors

  • Society for Ethnomusicology - Applied Ethnomusicology Study Group, 2015
  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, 2015
  • University of Sydney, 1998



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available for supervision. Please refer to my research interests.