PROF Jane Davidson

PROF Jane Davidson


  • Social Psychology of Music
  • artistic development
  • arts and health
  • emotion and expression in performance
  • historically informed performance practices
  • music education
  • vocal studies



  • Professor of Creative and Performing Arts (Music)
    Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne.
    Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

    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 (UWA) and worked there 2006 to 2013.

    She has five core areas of study: artistic development, arts and health, performance practices, emotion and expression in performance, and vocal studies. She has published extensively in the disciplines of music psychology and education, and now works in history of emotions, as well as reflective practice research. She has been the successful recipient of research grants internationally, and is a frequent reviewer for academic funding bodies and publishers.

    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 working 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, she has worked as an opera singer and music theatre director. She continued her practical work in voice at UWA, coordinating the voice department and offering a range o   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • MA Contemp Arts, University of Leeds 2002
  • Grad Cert Counsel, Keele University 1993
  • PhD, City University 1991
  • MA Perf Studies, City University 1986
  • PGCE, Goldsmiths, The University of London 1984
  • BA Hons, 1983


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Interested in supervising students in the following areas:
    - Community music and wellbeing
    - Music psychology
    - Reflective practice research in music
    - Vocal studies
    - History of emotions as applied to music