Dr Jennifer Rosevear

Dr Jennifer Rosevear
  • Biography/ Background

    Jennifer Rosevear was the Head of Music Education at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, having commenced her tertiary career as a Lecturer in Music Education at the City Campus of the South Australian College of Advanced Education in 1985.  Prior to her appointment to SACAE, she taught music in secondary schools and was a Secondary Music Curriculum Writer, based at Wattle Park Teachers Centre during 1983-4. In 1991 the City Campus of SACAE merged with the University of Adelaide. She coordinated the Music Education stream within the Bachelor of Music, and since 2002, she was Head of the 4-year Bachelor of Music Education program which had its last intake in 2011. Since 2012, the Music Education specialisation became part of the re-structured Bachelor of Music. 

    In addition to being Head of Music Education, Jennifer was involved in the development of the curriculum in the Bachelor of Music program, and she had a particular interest in the areas of music theory and aural development. From 2009-2015 she was Deputy Director of the Elder Conservatorium. Jennifer was also Head of Undergraduate Music Programs from 2009 which entailed oversight of curriculum and enrolment for students in all music specialisations.

    Jennifer retired from the University in December, 2015, and maintains the honorary position of Visiting Research Fellow.

    2007 - awarded Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.

    2008 - completed Ph.D. with thesis entitled Engaging adolescents in high school music.

    2011 - awarded Fellowship of the Australian Society for Music Education.


  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

    The role of improvisation and playing by ear in developing musicianship.

    The relationship between musical involvement, academic achievement and the development of self-concept in adolescents.

  • Publications

    Selected Publications

    Book chapters:

    Musical Fusions. In Nick Harvey, Jean Fornasiero, Greg McCarthy, Clem Macintyre and Carl Crossin (Eds.), pp. 325-349, A history of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide : 1876-2012. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2012.

    Balancing work, life and study: It's only a Ph.D.  In Forrest, D. (Ed.), pp. 192-204, Journeying: Reflections on Doctoral Studies by Australian Music Educators. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, 2010. 

    Research into self-concept development, academic achievement and musical participation of adolescents. In M. Comte (Ed.), pp. 147-158, Musical Dimensions: A Festschrift for Doreen Bridges, North Melbourne, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009.


    Co-Editor of AARME XXIV Annual Conference Proceedings, Adelaide, 2002.

    Editor of ASME XIII National Conference Proceedings, Adelaide, 2001.

    Editor of revised edition Harmony: a new bridge from traditional to jazz-related harmonic concepts by Eric Bryce. Oakbank: Noble House Publishing, 1997.

    Editor of Teaching SACE Musicianship, published by ASME (SA) Chapter Incorporated, 2007.

    Editor of Assorted Stuff for Music Educators. Adelaide: Australian Society for Music Education (South Australian Chapter) Incorporated, 2004

    Secondary Music Guide, Education Department of South Australia, 1986.



    Selected Journal Articles & Conference Papers (published)

    Rosevear, J. (2010). Attributions for success: exploring the potential impact on music learning in high school. Australian Journal of Music Education, 2010 No. 1, pp. 17-24.


    Rosevear, J. (2009). Enjoyment as the key to motivation. Sing Out, 26(2), pp. 13-14.

    Rosevear, J. (2008). Innovation and tradition in instrumental music in South Australian government schools. Proceedings of Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME) XXXth Annual Conference, Melbourne, pp. 220-226.

    Rosevear, J. Who wants to play a musical instrument? Some models for primary school instrumental music. In W. L. Sims (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28th International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference, Bologna, 2008.

    Rosevear, J. Academic achievement and music: what's the connection? Proceedings of the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) XVI National Conference, Perth, 2007, pp. 178-181.

    Rosevear, J. Lessons from teaching practice: self-perceptions of student teachers. In P. de Vries & J. Southcott (Eds.), Proceedings of Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME) XXVIIIth Annual Conference, Melbourne, September, 2006, pp. 95-103.

    Rosevear, J. Factors affecting the engagement of high school students in music. On S. Morrison (Ed.), CD-ROM Proceedings of Asia-Pacific Music Education Research Symposium (APSMER05), University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2005.

    Rosevear, J. & Crossin, C. Giving voice to musicianship: a case study. In D. Forrest (Ed.), Proceedings of Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) XV National Conference, Melbourne, 2005, pp.207-211.

    Rosevear, J. An overview of the musical experiences of adolescents, both at school and outside of school. In K. Hartwig (Ed.), Proceedings of Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME) XXV National Conference, Brisbane, 2003, pp.146-154.

    Rosevear, J. Attitudes of high school students towards learning music. Proceedings of Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) XIV National Conference, Darwin, 2003, pp. 89-93.

    Rosevear, J. A preliminary snapshot of the academic achievement and self-concept of music and non-music school students. Proceedings of Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME) XXIV National Conference, Adelaide, 2002, pp. 148-154.

    Rosevear, J. Music, self-concept and the academic achievement of adolescents - a pilot study. SELF Research Centre (University of Western Sydney) International Biennial Conference: Self-Concept Research: Driving International Research Agendas, Sydney, 2002.

    Rosevear, J. The role of improvisation and playing by ear in music learning. In M. Barrett, G. McPherson & R. Smith (eds.) Children and music: developmental perspectives, Launceston: IMERS, 1999, pp. 278-282.

    Rosevear, J. Aural and creative approaches to music education: new sounds in music teaching and learning? in E. Gifford, A. Brown & A. Thomas (eds.) New sounds for a new century. Proceedings of ASME 11th National Conference, Brisbane, July, 1997, pp. 251-255.

    Rosevear, J. Aural and creative aspects of music learning: the missing links. Australian Journal of Music Education, 1996 No. 1, pp. 11-17.


  • Professional Associations

    Australian Society for Music Education (ASME). National Treasurer, (2011-).  Immediate Past ASME National President (2009-2011). ASME National President (2007-2009). Former National Secretary, Chapter Chairperson, National Council member; convenor of the ASME XIII National Conference, Adelaide, 2001. Secretary of ASME (SA) Chapter (2010-2013). Convenor of the ASME XX National Conference, Adelaide, 2015.

    Member of the SSABSA Music Subject Advisory Committee (1984-2008), former Chief Examiner in Music (1986-89, 1994-5).

    Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME), formerly  Australian Association for Research in Music Education (AARME) and Association of Music Education Lecturers (AMEL).

    Member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME)

    Member of the Orff Schulwerk Association, the Kodaly Music Education Association

    Member of the Australian College of Education (1996-2012)


  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesEducation, Music
    ExpertiseMusic education
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Entry last updated: Monday, 21 Mar 2016