Mrs Sandra Kirkwood

Mrs Sandra Kirkwood

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Career Summary

Biography

Small Island Music Researcher  Exploring the People-Environment-Music Occupation Model

Sandra Kirkwood, B.Occ.Thy, B. Music, M.Phil. (Sessional Academic, QUT)
Ethnomusicologist; Occupational Therapist; Music Researcher.

The music history of small islands is explored through understanding the relationships between people-environments- and music occupations. This is a participatory process of working within Communities of Discovery. Active learning approaches are used. The aim is to support and enhance people's cultural engagement with their music heritage, particularly early childhood musical development. The initial literature review and discussion is outlined in the publication, below.

The impact of new technologies on musical learning of Indigenous Australian children

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood
Volume 39 Issue 1 (Mar 2014)

Abstract: Practitioners are increasingly utilising information communication technologies (ICT) with very young children in early childhood settings. A debate is raging in the media as to the pros and cons of 'virtual-electronic' versus 'material world' active learning opportunities. However, when this scenario is played out with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian children, it is even more contentious because the technological changes have resulted in shifting responsibility for teaching and learning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs, dances and cultural heritage to a new physical and social environment which may distance musical development from community life. The rate of social change has been enormous, so in many cases there has not been adequate consultation and negotiation as to how early childhood professionals are to effectively implement the national Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) (DEEWR, 2009) with respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music culture. The purpose of this paper is to problematise the increasing distance of musical development away from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and to propose new methods for exploring how digital technologies may be utilised for promoting children's musical development in various contexts. The findings are applied to early childhood practitioner recommendations for future community-led music research.

Further discussion is encouraged on this topic.


Keywords

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Applied Ethnomusicology
  • Community Cultural Development
  • Health Promotion
  • Museum Curator
  • Music History
  • Music Research
  • Music Technology
  • Occupational Therapy

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies 25
111712 Health Promotion 25
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology 50

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
30/11/2010 - 26/06/2012 HP4 Senior Occupational Therapist Queensland Health
Australia
23/06/2010 - 6/10/2010 Equity and Diversity Consultant The University of Queensland
Australia
1/10/2006 - 30/06/2007 Allied Health Consultant Anglicare
Australia
11/01/1999 - 28/07/2010 Occupational Therapist Department of Communities, Child Safety, and Disability Services
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
29/02/2016 -  Sessional Academic: Keystones of Success Program

To provide tutoring for Indigenous tertiary students to support their vocational goals.

Queensland University of Technology
Oodgeroo Unit
Australia
24/08/2015 - 23/10/2015 Tutor (Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme, ITAS) Queensland University of Technology
Oodgeroo Unit
Australia
1/03/2013 - 30/06/2015 ITAS Tutor Griffith University
Australia

Awards

Member

Year Award
2001 Life Member
Golden Key International Honour Society

Thesis Examinations

Year Level Discipline Thesis
2009 Masters Other Frameworks for culturally engaged community music practice in rural Ipswich, Australia

Prestigious works

Year Commenced Year Finished Prestigious Work Role
2015 2015 Music and Arts in Action Journal http://www.musicandartsinaction.net/index.php/maia/index Reviewer

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
SWB100 Orientation to Social Work and Human Services
Queensland University of Technology
Sessional Academic 1/08/2016 - 28/10/2016
OUB120 Smash the Act -- Indigenous Australian Politics
Queensland University of Technology
Sessional Academic 4/07/2016 - 28/10/2016
PUB209 Health, Culture and Society
Queensland University of Technology
Sessional academic--Tutor 1/08/2016 - 28/10/2016
PYB110 Psychological Research Methods
Queensland University of Technology
Sessional Academic 1/08/2016 - 28/10/2016
SWB109 Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities
Queensland University of Technology
Sessional academic 4/07/2016 - 28/10/2016
XNP380 Cardiorespiratory and Metabolic Disorders
Queensland University of Technology
Sessional Academic 24/10/2016 - 24/11/2016
3052LHS Creative Histories
Griffith University
Tutor 17/03/2014 - 6/06/2014
2141LHS Ghosts and the Gothic
Griffith University
Tutor 17/03/2014 - 6/06/2014
1705LHS Foundations of Western Culture
Griffith University
Tutor 17/03/2014 - 6/06/2014
2401BPS Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal
Griffith University
Tutor 4/03/2013 - 7/06/2013
KMB215 The Music Industry
Queensland University of Technology
Tutor 24/08/2015 - 23/10/2015
XNB283 Wellness Processes and Strategies
Queensland University of Technology
Tutor 24/08/2015 - 23/10/2016
PUB406 Health Promotion Practice
Queensland University of Technology
Tutor 24/08/2015 - 23/10/2015
CLI362 Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, School of Optometry
Queensland University of Technology
Sessional Academic 22/04/2015 - 30/06/2016
PYB007 Communication for Health Professionals
Queensland University of Technology
Tutor 1/03/2016 - 23/04/2016
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Kirkwood SJ, Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band, Turn of the Century: Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band 1909--2009, Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band, Ipswich, Australia (2009)

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Kirkwood S, '(in press) Musicking on North Stradbroke Island: Mapping sites of cultural significance for early childhood musical development', Community Music in the Asia Pacific: Many Voices, One Horizon, University of Hawaii Press, Hawaii (2017)
2016 Kirkwood S, 'Music museum curatorship: Reclaiming rights and responsibilities for musicking on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).', Cultural Cacophony: Museum Projects and Perspectives, Museums Australia, New South Wales, Sydney 143-157 (2016) [B1]

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Kirkwood SJ, Miller A, 'The impact of new technologies on the musical learning of Indigenous Australian children', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39 94-101 (2014)

Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Kirkwood S, 'Music Museum Curatorship: Reclaiming Rights and Responsibilities for Musicking on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Australia' (2015) [E3]
2015 Kirkwood S, 'Music history research dialogues: establishing a community of discovery with Aboriginal Australians' (2015) [E3]
2014 Kirkwood S, 'Sonification: Can bloogle resonators enhance representation of time, space and culture through the Person-Environment-Occupation Model?', http://www.lulu.com/shop/auc/proceedings-of-createworld-2014/ebook/product-21443226.html (2014)
2013 Kirkwood S, 'The Drumley Walk: Promoting Health through Poems and Songs that Remember Yugambeh Aboriginal Leaders and Languages', https://www.griffith.edu.au/conference/gold-coast-health-medical-research-2013 (2013)
2011 Kirkwood SJ, 'Community Recovery: Musical Inspirations, Creative Collaborations, and Health Reform', http://www.phcris.org.au/resources/item.php?id=7048&spindex=3 (2011)
2010 Kirkwood S, 'Ethnomusicking: Valued music occupation or audacious antics in the Purga Music Museum', Proceedings of the 10th international Conference on Cultural Diversity in Music Education (2010)
2009 Kirkwood S, 'The First Hundred Years of the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band: A 'Community of Discovery' Approach to Participatory Action Research', Stuck in the Middle: the Mainstream and its Discontents: Selected Proceedings of the 2008 IASPM-ANZ Conference (2009)
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Design (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Kirkwood SJ, Music Page: Tracking the Milky Way Website, Gunnawirra Service (2012)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Kirkwood S, Frameworks of Culturally Engaged Community Music Practice for Rural Ipswich, Australia, Griffith University (2010)
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Research Projects

Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Centennial History Project 2008 - 2009

Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band commissioned research to write a book about the 100 year history of the band. The research was collaborative and the book co-authored through a Regional Arts Development Fund grant from Ipswich City Council and Arts Queensland.


Purga Music History Project 2003 - 2004

Project managed a Community Development Grant from Ipswich City Council to research a children's story entitled: "The Purga Music Story and Harold Blair;" and establish the Purga Music Museum with Purga Friends Association and Purga Elders and Descendants Aboriginal Corporation.


Ipswich Region Community Music Study 2006 - 2007

Project managed a Regional Arts Development Grant to study community music in the Ipswich region in collaboration with community groups, Purga Elders and Descendants Aboriginal Corporation,  and local government.


Tracking the Milky Way -- Music Page Website Development 2012

Collaborated with Norma Tracey of Gunnawirra Service, Redfern, Sydney to complete a commission to develop  a music page for the "Tracking the Milky Way" website; to be used with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australian children in 43 preschools in New South Wales.


Frameworks for Culturally Engaged Community Music Practice in Rural Ipswich, Australia 2007 - 2009

Project managed Master of Philosophy research through Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, in partnership with community groups, local government and Purge Elders and Descendants Aboriginal Corporation.


Impact of Music Occupations on Early Childhood Musical Development in Small Island Communities of South-East Queensland 2014 - 2016

PhD research project


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