PROF Susan Wright

PROF Susan Wright


  • Arts education
  • Arts education in early childhood settings



  • Current and Previous Positions
    • Chair of Arts Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne
    • Director, Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education
    • Member, UNESCO UNITWIN, international research consortium of arts education research
    • Previous Head of School of Early Childhood and Special Needs Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore
    • Previous Director of the Centre for Applied Studies in Early Childhood, Queensland University of Technology

    Leadership Roles
    • Director of the Australian Music Examination Board
    • Past Member of the Music Council of Australia
    • Past Board Member of Kids Own Publishing
    • Past President of the Queensland Orff Schulwerk Association
    • Past President of the Queensland State and Municipal Choir

    Advisory Roles to Architectural Builds
    • studioFive, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne
    • Boon Lay Kindergarten, Singapore Ministry of Education
    • Integrated Arts Studios, Early Childhood Education, Queensland University of Technology

    Musical Performance Groups
    • daCamera Singers, gold record winner for the recording of Conquistador with Procol Harum and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
    • Edmonton Symphonic Choir
    • Queensland State and Municipal Choir, with the Queensland Symphony
    • Member of five different bands over the years

    Selected Publications (books)
    • Deans, J., & Wright, S. (2018). Dance-Play and Drawing-Telling as Semiotic Tools for Young Children’s Learning. London: Routledge Research in Early Childhood Education.
    • Wright, S. (Ed.). (2012). Children, Meaning-Making and the Arts (2nd Ed). Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education.
    • Wright, S. (2010). Understanding Creativity in Ea   


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Selected Research Projects
    • Teachers’ application of arts rich practice: Teaching in and through the Arts (1st CI) $60,000
    • Creativity: Representational practices in artistic domains (1st CI), $146,000
    • A development project for the scoping of the Singapore early years longitudinal study (1st CI), $72,000
    • Nurturing innovation in primary one classrooms through early childhood practices (1st CI), $192,000
    • Early intervention of Malay preschool teachers in promoting children’s mathematics learning (2nd, CI), $238,000
    • Curriculum implementation in early primary schools in Singapore (2nd CI), $185,000
    • A study on the implementation of the ‘Strategies for Effective and Engaged Development’ (SEED) curriculum innovation (3rd CI), $34,000
    • Using embedded technology support (i-CUBE) for children’s conceptual development through play (5th CI), $1,068,000
    • An investigation of visual and verbal metaphor comprehension through computer modelling (2nd CI), $12,000
    • Understanding children’s dual coding processes using visual and verbal communication systems while depicting Futures (1st CI), $8,500
    • Assisting composition with artificial intelligence (4th CI), $16,000
    • Cross-domain links between musical and verbal metaphors (1st CI), $12,500
    • Identifying young children’s, teachers’ and parents’ concepts in relation to shaping positive futures (1st CI), $16,500
    • The identification of musical and cognitive skill components in the musical inventions of young children (2nd CI), $99,000
    • Using multimedia for improving the quality of teaching and learning in multi-disciplinary, early childhood education (1st CI), $40,000
    • The relationship between meter recognition ability, information processing competence, visual perception and physical



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Newcastle 1985
  • MEd, University of Alberta 1978
  • BEd, University of Alberta 1973


Available for supervision

  • Y