• About us

    The Music Teachers’ Project intends to investigate how music teachers’ professional identities develop, and the ways that this may impact on their success as teachers. It is hoped that as a result of the project, recommendations can be made to assist in the future support of new music teachers as they determine “who they are” and the type of teacher they want to be.

    The Music Teachers’ Project was conceived by Dr Julie Ballantyne. Julie is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Queensland, and is interested in undertaking research to improve the lives of music teachers. This project provides the opportunity to learn about developing teacher identity, whilst supporting music teachers in their first year of teaching. She has published in areas such as music teacher education, social justice in teacher education, the psychological and social impact of music participation at music festivals, and teacher identity, and has also presented at various international conferences both in Australia and overseas.

    Assisting on The Music Teachers’ Project is Claire Petherick. Claire has worked as a classroom music and instrumental music teacher in Queensland schools for over 10 years. She has been engaged as a specialist lecturer and tutor at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Claire has completed her Masters in conducting, and has worked with the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, the Young Conservatorium and the various State Honours Ensemble Programs in Brisbane and regional Queensland. Her Master’s thesis investigated the topic of music teacher identity and its impact on teaching practice.