DR Sally Treloyn

DR Sally Treloyn


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



  • Dr Sally Treloyn (PhD Ethnomusicology, USYD) is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music based in the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development. Sally first joined The University of Melbourne as a John McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2010. Sally serves on the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) Human Ethics Advisory Group, MCM Research and Research Training Committee, and the Faculty Research Committee, and is currently Acting Head of Ethnomusicology. Sally is also an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Sydney in the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) and is Secretary to the Steering Committee of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia.

    Having received her PhD in Ethnomusicology from The University of Sydney in 2007, Sally's primary research has been conducted in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of northwest Australia. Her research and teaching interests include:
    • Australian Aboriginal song and dance traditions
    • comparative musical analysis
    • intercultural collaboration
    • sustainability
    • archives and repatriation
    • intangible cultural heritage
    • music, dance ceremony and wellbeing
    • cultural mapping


    (Co-Supervision with Linda Barwick, PhD completed 2014) Genevieve Campbell '"Ngarukuruwala we sing: the songs of the Tiwi Islands, northern Australia" (The University of Sydney)

    (Primary Supervisor, PhD in progress) Rita Seumanutafa "Pese o le Fa'aulufalega" (The University of Melbourne)



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
    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 Aboriginal song and dance in the modern world: the Mowanjum and Fitzroy River valley communities of WA
    Chief Investigators: Sally Treloyn (lea   


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.