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Ms Helen English

Senior Lecturer

School of Creative Arts (Music)

Career Summary

Biography

After a career as a freelance musician, I began working as an academic at the University of Tasmania in 1997. I have been engaged in research since early 2007, following the completion and award of an MA (Music) in 2006. My primary areas of research are: Music practices in the 19th century, Music and Society, Australian music, Social Justice and Gender studies, Music & technology. Currently, I am researching popular entertainment and the construction of identity in Newcastle, NSW.  Recent publications in this field include: "Newcastle in the 1870s: audience identity, power and cultural ownership" in Crossroads: an Interdisciplinary journal, UQ. Another article on benefit concerts in the Newcastle mining townships is due to be published in Musicology Australia in 2014. Another strand of research has been into composers from nineteenth century Newcastle. In 2013  I presented "Forgotten Musicians of Newcastle" at a HASS RHD conference and created a piece of performance art entitled "Forgotten Composers of the Hunter Valley", which was performed at the Newcastle Conservatorium in December 2013. Other creative work has been shown in Hobart and Leeds ("Margery's Times: Margery Through the Looking Glass") and New York ("New Adventures of Mark Twain").

Some of my current research can be seen on:

http://helenenglishblog.com/</p><p>My recordings of 'Forgotten Musicians' can be heard at:

https://soundcloud.com/hellinski-1/galatea

https://soundcloud.com/hellinski-1/aberglasslyn-schottische

https://soundcloud.com/hellinski-1/myrtle-villa-polka

Research Expertise
Sonic Art - soundscapes representing temporality. 19th c. music practices in Australia, specifically the Newcastle region. The Historical Performance Practice movement in UK and Australia

Teaching Expertise
Australian Music, Music history, Piano playing and associated skills, 19th c. music, Baroque music

Administrative Expertise
Program Convenor, Software expertise: Word, Excel, Publisher, Finale, Sibelius. Auditions, enrollments, orientation, credits, mentoring, completions

Collaborations
"Assessment in Music: An approach to aligning assessment with Threshold Learning Outcomes in the Creative and Performing Arts" This research project was led by Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University from 2012-2014. As a team member, I was a contributor to discussions about assessment in music and was involved in determining Threshold Learning Outcomes in Music Studies at Tertiary level. In 2013 I gave a conference paper as co-author with Richard Vella, Chair of Music at University of Newcastle, "Embedding Creative and Critical thinking in Performance Studies - the Challenge". This is due to be published by Springer in 2014 as a book chapter


Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (Music), University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Music, Guild Hall School of Music and Drama

Keywords

  • Australian Music
  • Keyboard
  • Musicology
  • Nineteenth Century Music
  • music and gender
  • sociology of music

Languages

  • French (Fluent)
  • Italian (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190409Musicology and Ethnomusicology100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia
29/08/2005 - 31/12/2005Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Drama Fine Art and Music
Australia
1/08/2003 - 31/12/2003Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Drama Fine Art and Music
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/04/2003 - Executive OfficerNACTMUS (National Council for Tertiary Music)
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/12/1999Associate LecturerUniversity of Tasmania
Conservatorium Of Music Institute
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1993 - 1/04/1993Music StaffOpera 80 (now English Touring Opera)
Opera: Education Unit
United Kingdom
1/01/1993 - 1/12/1994Music StaffRoyal Opera House, London
United Kingdom
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Vella R, English H, 'Embedding Creative and Critical Thinking in Performance Studies - The Challenge', Assessment in Music Education: From Policy to Practice, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 141-151 (2015)
DOI10.1007/978-3-319-10274-0
Co-authorsRichard Vella
2012English HJ, Wye SQ, 'Musical entertainment in Newcastle, NSW, 1875-77', A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical Essays, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne 207-220 (2012) [B1]

Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014English HJ, 'Music-Making in the Colonial City: Benefit Concerts in Newcastle, NSW in the 1870s', Musicology Australia, 36 53-73 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1080/08145857.2014.896071Author URL
2013English HJ, 'Musical Entertainment in Newcastle, New South Wales, in the 1870s: Audience, Identity, Power and Cultural Ownership', Crossroads: an interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics, VI 73-83 (2013) [C1]

Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013English HJ, 'Re-viewing history through sound - fact or fiction?', re-Visions: Proceedings of the New Zealand Musicological Society and the Musicological Society of Australia Joint Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand (2013) [E1]
2009English HJ, Wye SQ, 'Popular musical entertainment in Newcastle 1876, focusing on the opening and early operation of the Victoria Theatre, Perkins Street', A World of Popular Entertainments Conference Proceedings, Callaghan, NSW (2009) [E3]

Creative Work (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013English HJ, Forgotten Composers of the Hunter Valley, 1870-79, Harold Lobb Recital Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
2008English HJ, Margery's Times: Margery Through the Looking Glass, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (2008) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$98,089

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20151 grants / $63,811

Building aspiration in the Creative and Performing Arts $63,811

This project aims to raise aspirations and build capacity in students from low SES backgrounds who are currently under-represented in Creative and Performing Arts programs at the University of Newcastle.The proposal aims at developing skills in creative thinking, project design and realisation in the areas of music, visual arts and/or performance through an innovative process that rests on three pillars of collaboration, empowerment and technology to deliver positive outcomes for children from low SES backgrounds
Funding body: Department of Education

Funding bodyDepartment of Education
Project Team
SchemeHigher Education Participation Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20142 grants / $28,750

ERF Teaching Relief - English$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Helen English, Professor Richard Vella
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301347
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Music in the valley: identity, memory and reinvention in colonial Newcastle 1870-1879$3,750

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Helen English
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301236
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $1,500

Musicological Society of Australia/New Zealand Musicological Society Conference, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2 - 4 December 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamMs Helen English
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000843
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20082 grants / $3,600

Margery's Times: Margery Through the Looking Glass$1,900

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Helen English
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188941
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 7/7/2008 - 10/7/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Helen English
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189126
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $428

Time and Temporalities$428

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Helen English
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188279
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015An Exploration of Piano Sonatos by Australian Composers During the Period of World War II (1939-45)
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015An Identification of Historical Influences and Current Trends in Australian Piano Pedagogy
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014The Role of Digital Technology in Folk Music
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2007Associate Artist or Accompanist?: an evaluation of the pianist's role
Music, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Ms Helen English

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Music

Contact Details

Emailhelen.english@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 8929
Fax(02) 4921 8958

Office

RoomCON305
BuildingThe Conservatorium of Music
LocationThe Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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