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Katrina Skewes McFerran

Professor In Music Therapy
making appropriate music opportunities available to all young people
Healthy and Unhealthy Uses of Music
Young People
in Schools using Music
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
music therapy
social sciences
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Katrina Skewes McFerran

Fine Arts And Music
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Katrina Skewes McFerran


Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran is an international expert on the topic of music, music therapy and adolescents. She has undertaken a range of studies investigating healthy and unhealthy uses of music with and by young people, preferring participatory approaches with an emphasis on reflexive, qualitative investigations.

She has also contributed to the development of an assessment tool for increasing young people's conscious and intentional uses of music. Her music therapy research spans school, community and hospital based practices with young people incorporating a range of music strategies such as song writing, improvisation, performances and music sharing. She is committed to building healthy music cultures in schools that promote wellbeing and connectedness, as well as providing direct therapy services for young people who wish to work towards personal and interpersonal change and growth.

Professor McFerran has published her research in international and interdisciplinary refereed journals and has contributed numerous case studies and practice reflections to edited books, as well as sole authoring her first text on ‘Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy' in 2010 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and her second on 'Building Music Cultures in Schools' in 2014 (Barcelona Publications). She is also an Editor of VOICES: A world forum for music therapy and sits on Editorial Boards of the Australian and Nordic Journals of Music Therapy, as well as Music Therapy Today, and Social Work with Groups.

Professor McFerran is Head of the Masters in Music Therapy by Coursework program and Director of the National Music Therapy Research Unit where she supervises a range of projects exploring music and youth. She is currently Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of the VCA&MCM, and Associate Director (Research) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Katrina is a member of the Research Higher Degrees Committee and the Committee of Associate Deans Resarch, and has been Associate Dean in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as being an executive member of the Graduate Research Scholarships Committee.


Displaying the 15 most recent projects by Katrina Skewes McFerran.



Project Types


Research Grant


Research Contracts


Internal Research Grant

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 130 most recent scholarly works by Katrina Skewes McFerran.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning


G.E.M. Scott Teaching Award


University of Melbourne





Professor In Music Therapy

Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music

Registered Music Therapist

Australian Music Therapy Association


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Music with Honours

University of Melbourne