PROF Jane Davidson

PROF Jane Davidson


  • Social Psychology of Music
  • artistic development
  • arts and health
  • emotion and expression in performance
  • historically informed performance practices
  • music education
  • vocal studies



  • Professor of Creative and Performing Arts (Music)
    Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne.
    Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

    As Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Jane leads the Centre’s Performance Program as well as Arts Industry Partnerships, Education and Outreach and Media and Communications. As a complex multi-site organization, the Centre deals with five of the GO8 Universities, plus eight overseas partnering universities and increasing numbers of strategic partnerships across a range of arts, not-for-profit and NGO organizations. The Centre is often showcased as an example of tangible economic and social impact, and in 2017 won the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Australia Prize for Distinctive Work

    Her own understanding of and commitment to Engagement and Partnerships is realized in research led projects in history of emotions, performance and applied psychology of music. Through cooperative consultation she has been leading the development Faculty of Fine Arts and Music’s engagement strategy.

    She has five core areas of study: artistic development, arts and health (particularly ageing), performance practices, emotion and expression in performance, and vocal studies. She has published extensively and has been the successful recipient of research grants internationally, and is a frequent reviewer for academic funding bodies and publishers.

    Jane Davidson began her academic career in 1991, initially as a postdoctoral research fellow at Keele University, Staffordshire, then as a lecturer in music at City University, London. Between 1995 and 2006 she worked through the ranks from lecturer to full professor at University of Sheffield. Also, while in the UK, she taught on a sessional basis in the departments of vocal and academic studies at    


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Education and training

  • MA Contemp Arts, University of Leeds 2002
  • Grad Cert Counsel, Keele University 1993
  • PhD, City University 1991
  • MA Perf Studies, City University 1986
  • PGCE, Goldsmiths, The University of London 1984
  • BA Hons, Newcastle Polytechnic 1983


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Interested in supervising students in the following areas:
    - Community music and wellbeing
    - Music psychology
    - Reflective practice research in music
    - Vocal studies
    - History of emotions as applied to music