Ormond Professor Gary McPherson is a multi-faceted music professional whose career includes performances as a trumpeter and conductor with various ensembles throughout Australia, three major longitudinal research studies involving musicians in Australia and the United States, and over 30 years as an academic in Universities teaching music education, research techniques, music psychology, performance science, music psychology, and musicianship.
Gary completed his undergraduate training in music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before gaining a Licentiate (L.T.C.L) and Fellowship (F.T.C.L.) in trumpet performance from Trinity College, London, a Master of Music Education at Indiana University and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.
He is a former President of the Australian and International Societies for Music Education who has has been conferred "Honorary Life Membership" of the ISME and the honour "Fellow" of the ASME. He is respected as an international advocate for the power of music in people’s lives and in children’s education.
Gary’s research has provided an increased and deepened understanding of how individuals develop wide-ranging musical skills. Investigating the biological, cognitive and social process involved in acquiring and applying musical competencies, and the personal, environmental and developmental factors that affect musical development, ability, identity, and wellbeing more generally, he is widely accepted as having had very considerable impact on both music education theory and, not least, its everyday international practice. The value of this contribution is evidenced by widespread citations, guest lecturing at over 100 universities in around 30 different countries, and well over 100 keynote presentations at national and international conferences in various parts of the world.
Gary has served on the editorial boards of all the major English language research journals in music education and is currently an Associate Editor for Psychology of Music, Research Studies in Music Education (which he helped establish in 1993), and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies. His published output is prolific, with over 200 articles and book chapters in a wide range of journals, books and conference proceedings. Included among these is a co-authored volume entitled Music in our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development and Identity (OUP, 2012) and edited and co-edited books such as The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning (2002), Children Composing (1998), The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development (2006), Orientamenti per la didattica strumentale Dall’esperienza alla ricerca (2007), Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology and Ethnomusicology (2016), and the two volume Oxford Handbook of Music Education (2012).
Since arriving in Melbourne, Gary has been instrumental in establishing interdisciplinary connections across the university and part of the driving force behind the Music, Mind & Wellbeing initiative. Previous positions have included serving as the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Endowed Chair in the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Professor of Creative Arts at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
To view Gary's research profiles, please see his webpages on the following sites:
Google Scholar: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/6mna
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gary_Mcpherson2
Academia: https://svbh.academia.edu/GaryMcPherson / Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_E._McPherson
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Using a microanalysis intervention to examine shifts in musicians' self-regulated learning
Margaret S Osborne, Gary E McPherson, Peter Miksza, Paul Evans
Journal article | 2020 | Psychology of Music
The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of using a self-directed practice diary on conservatory pianists’ self-regula..
Evaluating practice strategies, behavior and learning progress in elite performers: An exploratory study
Adina Mornell, Margaret S Osborne, Gary E McPherson
Journal article | 2020 | Musicae Scientiae
Typical musicians devote most of their time to blocks of physical practice and mistake-avoidance, as opposed to mental preparation..
Overcoming the 'tyranny of distance' in instrumental music tuition in Australia: The iMCM project
Robin S Stevens, Gary E McPherson, Graham A Moore
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Music, Technology and Education
Instrumental and vocal music students in regional and remote areas of Australia are often significantly disadvantaged in their dev..
Wellness Among University-level Music Students: A Study of the Predictors of Subjective Vitality
P Miksza, P Evans, GE McPherson
Journal article | 2019 | Musicae Scientiae
For many music students, the transition to university-level studies can be a time characterized by high levels of stress as they a..
Motivation to study music in Australian schools: the impact of music learning, gender, and socio-economic status
Gary E McPherson, Margaret S Osborne, Margaret S Barrett, Jane W Davidson, Robert Faulkner
Journal article | 2015 | Research Studies in Music Education
This study extends an eight-country mapping exercise undertaken (McPherson & O’Neill, 2010; see RSME issues 2010-2011) to now incl..
A Comparison between Continuous Categorical Emotion Responses and Stimulus Loudness Parameters
Sam Ferguson, Emery Schubert, Doheon Lee, Densil Cabrera, Gary E McPherson
Conference Proceedings | 2013 | 2013 FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION, INTELLIGENCE, SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS (IISA 2013)
Students' motivation to study music as compared to other school subjects: A comparison of eight countries
GE McPherson, SA O'Neill
Journal article | 2010 | Research Studies in Music Education
This study draws on an expectancy-value theoretical framework to examine the motivation (competence beliefs, values and task diffi..
Cognitive mediational processes and positive motivation: Implications of educational research for music teaching and learning
Journal article | 1989 | Australian Journal of Music Education
This article examines some of the recent issues addressed in educational research, and explores the implications of a number of th..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Ormond Chair Of Music
Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music
Membership Of Professional Society
International Society for Music Education
Membership Of Professional Society
Australian Society for Music Education
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Sydney
Master of Music Education
Diploma of Music Education
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Fellowship, Trinity College, London
Trinity College London
Licentiate, Trinity College, London
Trinity College London