Dr Helen English

Dr Helen English

Senior Lecturer - Music

School of Creative Industries (Music)

Considering cultural capacity

An insult attributed to Mark Twain following his fleeting visit to Newcastle in 1895 became the spark that led Helen English to investigate the cultural life of our emerging coal mining townships.

At the time of Twain’s visit, Newcastle was still emerging from the shadows of its origins as a notorious prison outpost.

Twain’s apparent assessment of Newcastle as consisting of “a long street with a graveyard at one end with no bodies in it, and a gentleman’s club at the other with no gentlemen in it” is the stuff of legends, despite questions regarding the authenticity of the quote.

In 2008, Helen was working on a soundscape inspired by Twain’s visit.

She became determined to unearth a more thorough representation of cultural life in the Coal City at the end of the 1800s, and question the negative picture represented by legend.

What she discovered was a bustling world of colour and music, competition and community, commiseration and celebration.

The forgotten musicians of Newcastle

Graduating from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Helen worked as a professional musician for many years.

She is a talented aficionado of the piano and harpsichord.

A move to Tasmania in 1995 and motherhood redirected Helen into pursuits more practical than the life of a travelling musician and she dabbled in musicology.

Coming to Newcastle in 2000, Helen enrolled in a Masters degree.

She was appointed Associate Lecturer at the University of Newcastle in 2003, and has since completed her PhD.

Researching music and community in Newcastle and Maitland, her interest in social justice issues, and a lack of existing musicological study on the regional working class, inspired Helen to hone in on her thesis topic, ‘Music as a Resource for World-Building in Newcastle and its Townships, 1869-1879.’

Taking her research one step further, Helen has presented on "Forgotten Musicians of Newcastle" at several forums and recorded much of the surviving music by these composers from the period 1860-1880.

Processions, picnics and parades

Giant personalities such as Mark Dent and Thomas Jones pepper Helen’s work.

Dent, blackballed following his involvement in an unsuccessful 1844 petition to English Parliament regarding dangerous working conditions, came to Australia and found work and community in Lambton.

Jones organized a community concert in Lambton, NSW, as a testimony to John Griffiths, who led a 400 strong choir from South Wales to London in 1872 and 1873, where they blitzed the competition at the choral games two years running.

These larger than life personalities, and many like them, rarely saw any financial benefit from their commitment to community and place making through music. What was their motivation?

“Drawing on social theory, I try to look at music not just as something that people did, but what it was doing for them,” Helen explains.

“Music was empowering people, or creating community, or helping them keep working when they were tired, or just creating a familiar context.”

Helen’s work tells of processions and picnics, fundraisers and concerts, of communities bonded together by the hardships and opportunities presented by a fledgling city.

Music and world building

Her understanding of the effects of music on the body, mind, and emotions uniquely qualify Helen for a role with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), for whom she has recently been appointed an Associate Investigator.

Helen has received funding from the Centre to investigate amateur blackface minstrelsy in the Hunter Valley.

“People are embarrassed to hear about it now, but it doesn't mean you can't investigate it, why was it so important to people, so popular?” she asks.

Helen is also collaborating with Deputy Director of the Centre, Professor Jane Whitfield Davidson (University of Melbourne), on a project titled ‘Music and World-Building: From Past to Present’.

The co-researchers are investigating current music communities informed by research into historical communities.

Through looking at pre-existing music-making, the researchers seek to understand how music can be used to build and replenish community capacity.

Building community capacity

Helen is now a Senior Lecturer for the UON School of Creative Industries, teaching into a range of diverse courses including Music Research, Australian Music, and Piano.

It is her current role as Director of School and Community Engagement however, that sees Helen translating the theoretical capacity building of her research into real life outcomes.

With funding from the Commonwealth Government Higher Education Partnerships and Participation Program (HEPPP) and UON Centre for Excellence of Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE), Helen has orchestrated several projects in partnership with local schools.

These projects focus on bolstering music literacy and building aspirations in the creative and performing arts in school students.

One project saw UON student mentors working with students from seven schools to develop performance pieces, culminating in a showcase of their works at the Griffith Duncan Theatre.

Consultation with staff at several local schools has led Helen to coordinate a network of high school music staff, and further opportunities for students are in development.

Helen is also co-leading a research project with Matt Lumb from CEEHE, ‘Music, belonging, and transformation: Understanding the impact of outreach to low SES high schools in fostering and supporting aspirations’.

Dr Helen English

Considering cultural capacity

Dr English's primary areas of research include Music practices in the 19th century, Music and Society, Australian music, Social Justice and Gender studies.

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Career Summary

Biography

I am an Early Career Researcher and my PhD (awarded 2016) was recognised with a musicology award from the National Council of Women and is published in the Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain book series with Routledge (2020). In the PhD I developed a theoretical framework of Music and World-Building which I now apply to research into colonial musical cultures; creative ageing and music and wellbeing. The common thread is a passion to discover how the transformative effects of music are a resource for world-building, including wellbeing; lifelong learning and empowerment.

My first career was as a professional musician and music educator in the UK. As a performer, I specialised in opera, accompaniment and new music. In the 1990s I worked with the Garden Venture at the Royal Opera House, creating and performing new work. With Music for Life, I performed in prisons and at secure hospital units. As a music educator I toured with Opera 80, working in low socio-economic schools and with adults with disability. These experiences were foundational for my later career as an academic.

I have worked as an academic since 1997 when I joined staff at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania. In 2003 I was appointed as Associate Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. I am currently a Senior Lecturer and Director of School and Community Engagement for the School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle. As a lecturer I teach diverse courses including Music Research, Australian Music and Performance Studies.

I have published extensively on colonial music-making, with a focus on the music of coalminers who migrated to the Newcastle and Hunter Valley coalfields. My PhD topic was Music as a Resource for World-Building in Newcastle and its Townships, 1869-1879. The thesis investigated what music afforded Newcastle settler communities in world-building through its effects on body, mind and emotions. Publications include an invited article on singing, identity and social connections in colonial Newcastle by the Journal of Australian Colonial Studies (2017); a chapter ‘Migrant Musicians and their impact in the emerging music making of the Hunter Valley, 1840-1880,’ in Diversity in Australia’s Music, (2017) a volume dedicated to the late Roger Covell, who wrote the seminal text Australia’s Music in 1967. A review by Julia Szuster notes that ‘English’s close examination of these two very distinct cultures and the musicians who worked in them underpins her perceptive judgement that they played a valuable role in the formative days of community building’ (2018).

In 2017 I applied successfully for a small grant from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) and was made an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE). The grant allowed me to research a new area of music-making in colonial Newcastle and its region. This was published as an article in 2019 (Musicology Australia) and formed a chapter of a monograph, Music and World-Building in the Colonial City, published in 2020 by Routledge. In addition, I have a chapter, ‘Ethiopian Entertainers and Opera Burlesque: Blackface Parodies in Colonial Australia’, forthcoming in a two-volume definitive text, Opera, Emotion and the Antipodes published by Routledge (in press).

I am passionate about equity of access to music and have been involved in outreach to schools in low socio-economic communities in NSW and Victoria since 2012 when I was awarded a Commonwealth Government Higher Education Partnerships and Participation Program (HEPPP) grant for BMUS Music Literacy. In 2015 I was successful in a HEPPP National Priorities Pool grant applied for through the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Excellence of Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE). The HEPPP grant, ‘Building Aspirations in the Creative and Performing Arts,’ allowed the development and implementation of an innovative project that empowered school students to develop skills in creative thinking, project design and its realisation. A short promotional DVD for the project can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/146851875.  A project undertaken with Dr Matt Lumb and funded by CEEHE is now published in the Journal of Widening Participation.

 I am also committed to advocating for and researching the impact of music on our rapidly growing older population within the emergent field of creative ageing. In 2020 I have instigated a creative ageing research program with Professor Frini Karayanidis and Dr Michelle Kelly from the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle and Professor Jane Davidson and Professor Felicity Baker from the University of Melbourne. There are currently three projects underway: a survey of older adults’ current and past activities; a song-writing program in aged care (now transferred to online delivery) and an online art-making course. In 2021 we plan a large-scale song-writing and performance research study with three aged-care homes and Lake Macquarie Council.

Research Expertise

Music and World-Building; Colonial Music; Nineteenth-Century Music; Music sociology  
Teaching Expertise
Australian Music, Musicology, Music history, Piano playing and associated skills, 19th Century 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

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

Keywords

  • Australian Music
  • Music and Social Justice
  • Musicology
  • Nineteenth Century Music
  • creative ageing
  • music and gender
  • music and wellbeing
  • sociology of music

Languages

  • French (Fluent)
  • Italian (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190407 Music Performance 10
160809 Sociology of Education 20
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer - Music University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia
Senior Lecturer - Music University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/1997 - 1/12/1999 Associate Lecturer University of Tasmania
Conservatorium Of Music Institute
Australia
1/4/2003 -  Executive Officer NACTMUS (National Council for Tertiary Music)
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/1993 - 1/4/1993 Music Staff Opera 80 (now English Touring Opera)
Opera: Education Unit
United Kingdom
1/1/1993 - 1/12/1994 Music Staff Royal Opera House, London
United Kingdom
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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
2020 English H, Music and World-Building in the Colonial City: Newcastle, NSW, and its Townships, 1860-1880, Routledge, Abingdon, 228 (2020) [A1]
DOI 10.4324/9780429022678

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 English HJ, 'Ethiopian Entertainers and Opera Burlesque: Blackface Parodies in Colonial Australia', Opera, Emotions and the Antipodes, Routledge, Abingdon (2021)
2018 English H, 'Migrant Musicians and Their Impact on the Emerging Music Making of the Hunter Valley, 1840 1880', Diversity in Australia's Music, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 73-99 (2018) [B1]
2015 Vella 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) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-10274-0
Co-authors Richard Vella
2012 English 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]
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Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 English H, Khayati H, 'On the Genesis of Tradition/Modernity Discourse in the Field of Iranian Music', sociology of culture and art, 2 20-21 (2020)
2019 English H, 'Blackface at Work and Play: Amateur Minstrel Groups in the Hunter Valley, 1840 1880', Musicology Australia, 41 1-21 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/08145857.2019.1621436
2018 English H, Monk S, Davidson JW, 'Music and world-building in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia', International Journal of Community Music, 11 245-263 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1386/ijcm.11.3.245_1
Citations Web of Science - 1
2018 English H, Lumb M, Page J, Wilton J, 'Spaces of solace and world-building: A praxis-based approach to Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) outreach for equity and widening participation in higher education', International Studies in Widening Participation, 5 10-25 (2018) [C1]
Co-authors Matt Lumb
2017 English HJ, 'Singing and Identity Formation in Newcastle, 1860 1880: Choirs, Cultivation and Connectedness', Journal of Australian Colonial History, 19 95-118 (2017) [C1]
2014 English HJ, 'Music-Making in the Colonial City: Benefit Concerts in Newcastle, NSW in the 1870s', Musicology Australia, 36 53-73 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/08145857.2014.896071
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 English 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]
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 English H, Davidson JW, 'Music for good: Reflections on a community music project through the lens of historical nostalgia', Program of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2019, University of Melbourne (2019)
2017 Burke P, Lumb M, Bennett A, English H, Ndagijimana L, Roberts S, et al., 'Provoking the edu-political imagination through praxis', Canberra (2017)
Co-authors Matt Lumb, Pennyjane Burke, Anna Bennett
2013 English 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]
2009 English 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]
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Creative Work (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 English HJ, Colonial Music from the Hunter Valley, SoundCloud, https://soundcloud.com/stream (2017)
2013 English HJ, Forgotten Composers of the Hunter Valley, 1870-79, Harold Lobb Recital Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
2008 English 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 grants 20
Total funding $282,347

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20205 grants / $59,156

Effects of creative arts engagement on neural, cognitive, and emotional wellbeing in community-dwelling older adults$34,000

This project aims to identify how creative engagement activities enhance brain functioning and promote cognitive and emotional wellbeing in older adults. We will examine the neural, cognitive and emotional processes that are enhanced by participation in a well-established group songwriting course developed by CI-Baker. This program has been shown to have positive outcomes for healthy older adults, maintaining and even restoring brain health. Here, we examine the mechanisms of action using objective tests of brain function, cognitive and emotional health, as well as showing the duration of engagement required to produce enduring positive outcomes.

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury, University of Newcastle

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Professor Frini Karayanidis, Dr Michelle Kelly, Dr Helen English, Professor Felicity Baker

Scheme PRC Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Faculty funding for external engagement in 2020 - Centre for 21st Century Humanities$20,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr J McIntyre (Director); Dr K Ariotti; A/Prof G Arrighi; Dr H Askland; Dr J Coffey; A/Prof N Cushing; E/Prof H Craig; Dr H English et al.

Scheme Faculty funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2020 Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Application Support Scheme$2,500

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Helen English

Scheme 2020 FEDUA Strategic Application Support Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2020 FEDUA 'Finish that Output' scheme funding$1,396

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr H English (Leader); J Davidson (University of Melbourne).

Scheme FEDUA 'Finish that Output' scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2020 Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Early Advice and Feedback Scheme$1,260

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Helen English

Scheme 2020 FEDUA Strategic Early Advice and Feedback Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20193 grants / $88,757

ECR-HDR Scholarship$82,827

A competitive scholarship for a PhD student supervised by the applicant

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Project Team

Dr Helen English

Scheme ECR-HDR Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2022
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Creative Ageing small grant$4,930

Funding to survey older adults in the Hunter Valley for presentation at AAG conference

Funding body: Centre for 21st Century Humanities, University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for 21st Century Humanities, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Helen J English; Prof. Frini Karayanidis; Dr Michelle Kelly

Scheme C21CH 2019 Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Travel Grant$1,000

Presentation at the AAG annual conference in Sydney

Funding body: School of Creative Industries | University of Newcastle

Funding body School of Creative Industries | University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Helen English; Prof. Frini Karayanidis; Dr Michelle Kelly; Patrick Skippen

Scheme Conference registration
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20182 grants / $16,072

Possible Technology Selves: Investigating Factors Contributing to Women’s Absence from Technology Courses within Music and Communication Programs$15,000

This research project aims to enhance understanding of an area of inequity found in the underrepresentation of women in particular School of Creative Industries (SOCI) degree programs and courses, notably those involving technology. It will seek to identify factors contributing to female students’ reluctance to participate in these programs and their courses. Data will be gathered exploring perceptions of certain skills and ensuing career paths, framed within the concept of Possible Selves (Marcus and Nurius, 1986). The project will also investigate whether imagined futures alter during the Tertiary Education journey, including the period post-undergraduate, whether as a professional or in postgraduate study. Having identified these factors, the team will implement changes in pedagogy, assess their impact and draw up recommendations for future directions not only in inclusive pedagogies, but also in mentoring and work-integrated learning opportunities.

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Project Team

Dr Helen English, Ass Prof Susan Kerrigan, Ass Prof Jon Drummond

Scheme Excellence in Teaching for Equity in Higher Education (ETEHE)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders, Perth, 14-15 June 2018$1,072

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Helen English

Scheme FEDUA Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20172 grants / $8,500

Music and world-building: from past to present$5,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Scheme Pilot Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Blackface at work and play: the rise of minstrelsy in the Hunter Valley, 1840-1880$3,500

The grant was awarded through a competitive process by the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions. The grant was for a small project and also granted me Associate Investigator status

Funding body: ARC Centre of Excellence for History of Emotions

Funding body ARC Centre of Excellence for History of Emotions
Project Team

Dr Helen J English

Scheme Associate Investigator, CHE
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding C1200 - Aust Competitive - ARC
Category 1200
UON N

20151 grants / $63,811

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

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Doctor Helen English, Doctor Jocelyn McKinnon, Doctor Kathryn Grushka, Doctor Miranda Lawry
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501420
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

20142 grants / $28,750

ERF Teaching Relief - English$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Helen English, Professor Richard Vella
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301347
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Helen English
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301236
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $11,773

BMUS Literacy$11,773

This proposal will draw on a three-way partnership between the Community, the BMUS and the Conservatorium. This project proposes ways to retain those already in the program and to act as mentors to increase further low SES enrolments.

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (former)

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (former)
Project Team

Helen English

Scheme Higher Education Partnerships and Participation Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Helen English
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000843
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20082 grants / $3,600

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Helen English
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188941
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Helen English
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189126
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $428

Time and Temporalities$428

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Helen English
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188279
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD How Listener Attributes Contribute to the Perception of Emotion Expressed and Evoked by Music PhD (Music), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD Crossfade: Exploring Interstitial Spaces and Public Collaboration in a New Orchestral Composition Entitled Portraits of the Air PhD (Music), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD The Solo Viola in Britain 1885–1953 PhD (Music), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Piano Works of Raymond Hanson- Discovery, Exploration and Reflection PhD (Music), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2007 Honours Associate Artist or Accompanist?: an evaluation of the pianist's role Music, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD Folksonomy vs. Taxonomy in the Celestial Jukebox: What Does Folksonomy Achieve in Music Streaming? PhD (Music), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

New book looks at how migrants used music to help shape their lives in nineteenth-century Newcastle

May 4, 2020

Music and World-Building in the Colonial City Newcastle, NSW, and its Townships, 1860-1880 is a new book published by Dr Helen English.

New monthly radio spot features creative ageing researcher Dr Helen English

February 14, 2020

School of Creative Industries lecturer and Centre for 21st Century Humanities member, Dr Helen English will join ABC Radio Newcastle Mornings presenter Kia Handley in a monthly radio interview about her research.

Research examines older people’s engagement with creative and physical activities

November 15, 2019

Dr Helen English is conducting research on creative aging. The project is part of a large-scale interdisciplinary endeavour that is focussed on understanding the benefits of engagement with creative activities, such as in music, dance or art, for older members of society.

Dr Helen English

Positions

Senior Lecturer - Music
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Once Off Payment
Student Central
Academic Division

Focus area

Music

Contact Details

Email helen.english@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8929
Fax (02) 4921 8958
Links SoundCloud
Research Networks
Personal Blogs

Office

Room CON.305
Building The Conservatorium of Music
Location The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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