• Arts partnerships and artists working with young people
  • Music education (pedagogy, composition, assessment)
  • Teacher education in music for primary/secondary specialist and generalist (developing expertise and confidence)



  • Neryl Jeanneret is the Associate Dean, Research Training and Head of Music Education in Arts Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has held leadership positions in peak music education organisations, including President of the Australian Society for Music Education and Chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Policy Commission. She has a background in curriculum design for music classrooms, having served as an adviser to the NSW Department of Education and Board of Studies NSW for many years. Neryl has been the Chief Examiner of Music for the NSW HSC and Chief Assessor Assessor for the Style and Composition task for the VCE. Her teaching experience includes music and the arts for early childhood, primary, and secondary pre-service teachers, as well as educational psychology, assessment, sociology, and the psychology of music in undergraduate and postgraduate education programs. She has lectured to pre-service teachers in Australia, Canada, and the USA, and has presented in both national and international forums. Her publications include national and international book chapters and journal articles, and materials for the Australian Music Centre, Musica Viva, Opera Australia, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.   


Member of

  • International Society for Music Education. Former Chair, Policy Commission 2006-2008 1995 -
  • Australian Music Centre. Ordinary member 1984 -
  • Australian Society for Music Education. Former National President 2003-2005 1984 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 1996
  • MEd, University of Sydney 1990
  • Dip Ed, Sydney College of Advanced Education 1978
  • BA, University of Sydney 1977

Awards and honors

  • Newcastle Conference Ambassador Programme Award, The University of Newcastle & Newcastle City Council, 2014
  • For work with ArtPlay, Signal and the City of Melbourne, MGSE Engagement Award, 2013
  • Fellow of the Australian Society for Music Education, 2011
  • Best Resource for Drama and/or Theatre Education for 2009', Drama Victoria, 2009
  • Melbourne Education Teaching Excellence Award (Curriculum & Assessment Team), Faculty of Education, 2006
  • Melbourne Education Teaching Excellence Award (Music, Arts Education Team), Faculty of Education, 2005
  • University of Arizona Graduate Fellowship, 1990



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Neryl is available to supervise theses students. Her areas of research supervision relate to the arts and music education. The major methodologies are qualitative, and basic quantitative.

    Students interested in working with Neryl should contact her via email, and preferably including an example of previous writing, and a CV.