Ian Graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Dip. Mus. Ed. and an M.Mus., and from Macquarie University with a B.A. majoring in philosophy.
Ian's career includes the role of Consultant in Music to the N.S.W. Department of Education. Part of this role involved visiting first year teachers in music in schools around the state; organising statewide music camps and performances in the Sydney Opera House, as well as involvement in Syllabus committees and Higher School Certificate music examinations. As Director of Music at Barker College, Ian's role included the expansion of the music department resulting in the need to build a special purpose multi million-dollar music building. The role of Director of Music at Grammar School Victoria involved the direction of a large staff across three campuses including curriculum development and assessment from K-12. Finally, as Head of Music at Avondale College, his role included the training of both Primary and Secondary teachers and the review and redevelopment of the B. A. teaching programs.
Ian is currently enrolled as PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, researching the psychology of music composition. This research includes cognitive, metacognitive and affective aspects of musical composition; individual differences in learning to compose music; developmental aspects of learning to compose music, assessment of music and curriculum development for music.
Whilst a PhD student, there have been opportunities to be involved in research projects with SORTI such as the Strutural analysis of text in PhD abstracts; Comparison of epistemological understandings of PhD students and their supervisors; and International comparative study of music curriculum requirements.
Cantwell, R., Jeanneret, N., Sullivan, Y., & Irvine, I. (2000). A metacognitive account of musical knowledge and musical processing. In John Sloboda et al (eds.) Proceedings of the ICMP Conference, Keele University, UK.
Irvine, I. (1998). Learning, assessment and music composition. Sounds Australian, December.
Irvine, I. (2003). A personal journey of differential engagement: Coming to terms with the meaning of "doctorate". In Robert Cantwell (ed) Proceedings of the Conference on Doctoral Study in the Creative Arts, Newcastle, Australia.
Irvine, I., & Strahan, B. (1997). Creativity and the construction of self: Implications for music. In Edward Gifford et al (eds.) Conference proceedings of the Australian Society for Music Education: "New Sounds for a New Century", The University of Queensland, Brisbane. 4th-8th July, 1997.
Irvine, I., Cantwell, R., & Jeanneret, N. (1999). Musical composition: Toward a theoretical model. In Neryl Jeanneret and Kathy Marsh (eds.) Opening the Umbrella: An Encompassing view of Music, Conference proceedings of the Australian Society for Music Education, University of Sydney.
Irvine, I., Cantwell, R., & Jeanneret, N. (1999). Individual differences in processing behaviours of seven composers engaged in musical composition. In Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Annual Conference, Melbourne.
Irvine, I., Cantwell, R., & Jeanneret, N. (2001). The role of regulation and depth of processing on musical composition. In Jennifer Rosevear and Warren Bourne (eds.) XIII National Conference, Australian Society for Music Education, Adelaide University, South Australia.
Irvine, I., Cantwell, R., & Jeanneret, N. (2003a). Accessing strategic knowledge. Victorian Journal of Music Education, 8, 14.
Irvine, I., Cantwell, R., & Jeanneret, N. (2003b). Individual differences in strategic control in music composition. In Kay Hartwig (ed) in Artistic Practice as Research, Proceedings of the XXV Australian Association for Researcher in Music Education, Griffith University; Queensland.
Irvine, I., Cantwell, R., & Jeanneret, N. (2003c). Strategic control in music composition. In M Lucia, A. Andreuzza, B. Arfe & L. Del Favero (eds.), Abstracts of the 10th Biennial EARLI Conference: Improving learning, fostering the will to learn. Paper presented as part of a symposium (R. Cantwell convenor), The strategic control of learning: Measurement and applications, Padova, Italy, 26-30th August, 2003.
Irvine, I., Jeanneret, N., & Cantwell, R. (2005). A methodology for representing the regulation of the composing process. In David Forrest (ed) Proceedings of the ASME conference, Melbourne.