Dr Gillian Howell joined the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music as Dean's Research Fellow in April 2020. She is a researcher and musician working at the nexus of applied ethnomusicology, community arts and cultural development and has an extensive track record as a teaching artist and community engagement specialist with arts organisations in Australia.
Her research investigates the contributions of music and participatory arts to post-war peace, reconciliation, cultural development and community cohesion. She has worked as a musician, music educator, creative director, and researcher in the arts, development and education sectors in Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, TImor-Leste, Kosovo and North Macedonia.
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Making music in divided cities: Transforming the ethnoscape
Gillian Howell, Lesley Pruitt, Laura Hassler
Journal article | 2019 | International Journal of Community Music
In the phenomenon of the divided city – urban environments partitioned along ethno-religious lines as a result of war or conflict ..
Finding my place: Examining concepts of community music as a visiting artist in rural East Timor
Journal article | 2013 | International Journal of Community Music
This article explores being a musician in a foreign community, considering the author’s experiences as a visiting artist in East T..
Do they know they're composing?: Music making and understanding among newly arrived immigrant and refugee children
Journal article | 2011 | International Journal of Community Music
This article discusses issues of creative music making and understanding as they arose in the context of a music programme for new..
From imitation to invention: Issues and Strategies for the ESL Music Classroom
Journal article | 2009 | Musicworks: Journal of the Australian Council of Orff Schulwerk
For child immigrants and refugees to Australia, school can present a minefield of challenges to navigate, from unfamiliar language..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Callaway Doctoral Award for for best doctoral thesis in the area of music education
Doctoral thesis award
Fine Arts And Music
Commissioner, Community Music Activity Commision
Commissioner, Community Music Activity Commission of ISME
Member, International Council For Traditional Music
International Council for Traditional Music
Member, International Society For Music Education
International Society for Music Education
Advanced Certificate in Performance and Communication Skills
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Master of Education
University of Melbourne
Doctor of Philosophy