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 The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She moved to Australia as the inaugural Callaway/Tunley Chair of Music at The University of Western Australia and worked there 2006 to 2013. She has been Professor of Creative and Performing Arts at The University of Melbourne since 2014.
She was Editor of Psychology of Music (1997-2001); Vice-President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2003-2006); and President of the Musicological Society of Australia (2010 and 2011). She also completed service as a member of the Research Evaluation Committee for Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) for both the trial evaluation in 2009 and main assessment in 2012.
As a practitioner, Jane has worked as an opera singer and music theatre director. She has coordinated voice at the Universities of Sheffield and Western Australia, offering a range of repertoire classes and staged productions. She continues this work at Melbourne, coordinating the MMus in Opera Performance.
Jane also teaches into the MMus in Music Psychology and Performance Science and currently supervises many postgraduate singers, alongside a range of other performers, teachers, and music psychology and musicology scholars.
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Individual difference correlates of continuing versus ceasing musical participation
Amanda E Krause, Adrian C North, Jane W Davidson
Journal article | 2019 | PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC
While researchers have begun to examine how social and emotional investment in music is related to psychological well-being, very ..
From Dropping Out to Dropping In: Exploring Why Individuals Cease Participation in Musical Activities and the Support Needed to Reengage Them
AE Krause, ML Kirby, S Dieckmann, JW Davidson
Journal article | 2019 | Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Continued participation in music has been associated with well-being outcomes, yet many either fail to begin or cease musical part..
The PERMA well-being model and music facilitation practice: Preliminary documentation for well-being through music provision in Australian schools
J Lee, AE Krause, JW Davidson
Journal article | 2017 | RESEARCH STUDIES IN MUSIC EDUCATION
The aim of this study was to consider how we can invest in music-making to promote well- being in school contexts. Web-based data ..
Efficacy of Parkinsong Groups for improving Communication and Wellbeing in Parkinson's Disease
Jeanette Tamplin, Adam Vogel, Caterina Marigliani, Felicity A Baker, Jane Davidson, Meg E Morris
Conference Proceedings | 2017 | Music Therapy Today
Communication impairment is one of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, significantly impacting quality of life (Mille..
Introducing a Psycho-Historical Approach to the Study of Emotions in Music: The Case of Monteverdi's 'Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda'
F Kiernan, J Davidson, S Garrido
Journal article | 2017 | Emotions: History, Culture, Society
This essay addresses the challenges of reaching a historically informed understanding of the emotional experience of seventeenth-c..
Older people’s motivations for participating in community singing in Australia
J Lee, JW Davidson, AE Krause
Journal article | 2016 | International Journal of Community Music
The aim of this project was to investigate the motivations of older people who regularly attend community singing groups in Austra..
Musical Investment: Assessing and enabling musical participation for positive wellbeing impact with seniors in Australia
J Lee, A Krause, J Davidson
Conference Proceedings | 2015
Investigations of musical activities for wellbeing impact have grown exponentially over the past decade, yet researchers remain un..
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 case-study on the effects of the menstrual cycle and the use of a combined oral contraceptive pill on the performance of a western classical singer: An objective and subjective overview
Filipa La, Jane W Davidson, William Ledger, David Howard, Georgina Jones
Journal article | 2007 | Musicae Scientiae
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Head, Faculty Research Centre
Fine Arts And Music
MA in Contemporary Arts (Dance Choreography)
University of Leeds
Graduate Certificate in Counselling
PhD in Music Psychology
Master of Arts in Music Performance Studies (Distinction)
Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Goldsmiths, The University of London
Creative Arts (Music), 1st Class