Helen was born in Adelaide, South Australia. She has had a lifelong fascination for music as performer, teacher and researcher. Underrepresentation of evidence-based research and inquiry in the unique and highly specialised focus of Music in Special Education
, neglected for many years as “... too hard ...”, is surprising given a long-standing interest in music in therapy, and music in medicine; and the body of research and inquiry in neuroscience and cognitive psychology that suggests musical development and learning is one of the core characteristics of the human condition.
Helen embarked on a bold and insightful higher degree research (HDR) path that has investigated development and learning in children and young people with the many classifications of complex developmental and acquired disability and/or impairment from the perspective of a social scientist. Research and scholarship includes admission to an equivalent Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) qualification in primary school teaching; postgraduate qualifications in Music Education, and Special and Inclusive Education; and the degree of PhD in the University of Melbourne.
Career spans long experience in school/educational settings in a range of leadership and service roles with high levels of responsibility within and across teams as classroom teacher, music teacher/coordinator/administrator, professional development coordinator/administrator and curriculum coordinator/administrator in the education and training of children and young people with complex special needs, e.g., autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs), behaviour disorders and high support needs; primary schooling; and early childhood development.
Helen has worked on research and evaluation; project management; regularly invited leader, participant and/or contracted researcher in significant and successful policy and professional practice communities, e.g., fair, valid, quality a
Australian Music Perception Society.
(AMPS) 2011 -
Commissioner: Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine SIG..
International Society for Music Education (ISME). 2000 -
Australian Society for Music Education (ASME). 1985 -
RESEARCH FIELDS, COURSES AND DISCIPLINES (RFCD) Classifications.
• Educational Psychology
• Special Education
• Assessment and Evaluation
• Curriculum Studies: Arts Education
BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES.
SOCIO-ECONOMIC OBJECTIVE (SEO) Classifications.
• Education and Training
NATIONAL RESEARCH PRIORITIES AND ASSOCIATED GOALS.
PROMOTING AND MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH.
• A healthy start to life: counteracting the impact of genetic, social and environmental factors which predispose infants, children and young people to ill health and reduce well being and life potential
• Strengthening Australia’s social and economic fabric: understanding and strengthening key elements of Australia’s social and economic fabric to help families
and individuals live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives
Education and training
University of Melbourne 2007
University of Melbourne 1995
Victoria College 1991
University of Melbourne 1989
Melbourne College of Advanced Education 1987
Melbourne College of Advanced Education 1985
Available for supervision
• music in special education;
• music psychology;
• complex developmental and acquired disability and/or impairment.