DR Brad Merrick

DR Brad Merrick


  • Motivation, Self-regulation, Music Performance, Music Technology, Curriculum, Assessment, Advocacy



  • Dr Brad Merrick is currently Senior Lecturer in Performance Teaching at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. He is a passionate educator and performer who has been involved in music teaching and performance teaching for many years. Having completed his Bachelor, Masters and Ph.D. in the areas of music, arts and music education, he has been active in many domains locally, nationally and internationally, working in a combination of teaching and academic roles. He has been actively involved in developing teacher capacity and students’ understanding of their own learning, specifically the areas related to motivation, self-efficacy, self-regulation and goal-setting. He is fascinated by the things that drive people to do what they do in all domains, particularly music. He also has passion and keen interest in the purposeful use of music technology and how it can be used in the learning process, having undertaken research and published in this area. Having trained as a Music teacher, and having taught in a range of State, Catholic and Independent schools for over 30 years, Brad has a wide range of teaching experience with students in some of Australia’s largest secondary music and instrumental programs, as well as part-time roles at the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and The University of NSW. He has also worked as a professional performer for many years as a guitarist and bassist while developing a strong connection with music teachers nationally and internationally. He has been a Head of Music and also worked in leadership and executive roles in schools and beyond, most recently directing the Barker Institute (Research, Innovation and Professional Learning at Barker College) in Sydney. A large part of this role included developing professional learning for a large staff while developing ongoing research in teaching pedagogy and emerging approaches to learning. Brad has also been involved with many professional organisa   


Member of

  • Music in School Teacher Education Commission. Commissioner 2016 -
  • Australian College of Educational Leaders. Member 2010 -
  • Australian Society for Music Education. Immediate Past National President 2006 -
  • International Society for Music Education. Member 2006 -
  • Australian College of Educators. Member 2005 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of New South Wales 2006

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Society for Music Education, 2017


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Research interests include Motivation and Self-regulation in performance and learning, Technology in Music and Music Education, Music Performance Practice, Curriculum Design, Assessment and Pedagogy, Learning Environments.