Postgraduate student research

Our research postgraduate students have produced significant outputs as part of our MMA, DMA, MMus, PhD and Music Therapy (year 2) programmes.


Brown M, ‘Making our own – two ethnographies of the vernacular in New Zealand music: tramping club singsongs and the Māori guitar strumming style’. 2012.

Shen N, ‘The integration of Chinese opera traditions into new musical compositions’. (PhD) 2010

Rickson D, 'The development of a music therapy school consultation protocol for students with high or very high special education needs'. (PhD) 2010.

Wolffram P, 'Langoron: Music and Dance Performance Realities Among the Lak People of Southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea'. (PhD) 2008.

MMus Musicology

Prior A J, 'Na suklit : Benicio Sokkong and the bamboo musical instruments of the Kalinga', (MMus). 2011.

Rainey L G, 'The clarinet as extension of the voice and expressive conduit of musical styles in diverse ensembles', (MMus). 2011.

Dillon T, 'Canons, airs sérieux and airs à boire : a study of the contribution of the eighteenth century French composer and copyist C. de La Serre ', (MMus). 2010.

Thurston D, 'Irish music in Wellington :a study of a local music community', (MMus). 2010.

Gerrard K, ‘The livre d'airs et de simphonies meslés de quelques fragmens d'opéra 1697 of Pierre Gillier’, (MMus). 2010.

Chesney S, ‘Gothic imaginations in primo ottocento opera’, (MMus). 2010.

Brain C J, 'A social, literary and musical study of Julie Pinels Nouveau recueil d'airs sérieux et à boire (Paris 1737)', (MMus). 2008.

Smith F S, 'The music of Rene Drouard de Bousset (1703-1760) : a source study and stylistic survey, with emphasis on his sacred output', (MMus). 2008.

Thorpe V E, 'We made this song: the group song writing processes of three adolescent rock bands', (MMus). 2007.

Brown M, 'There's a sound of many voices in the camp and on the track', (MMus). 2006.

MMus Performance

Alton-Lee A, 'The improvisation of Tubby Hayes in 'The New York sessions'', (MMus). 2010.

Lile T W, 'Creating new standards: jazz arrangements of pop songs', (MMus). 2009.

Corby M J, 'Music performance anxiety in adolescent student singers', (MMus). 2008.

Graham J L, 'Crossing in style : an exploration of the vocal and presentational elements to be considered when classical singers cross over into the jazz genre', (MMus). 2008.

Roznawski J P, 'Christian Gotthilf Tag four sonatas transcribed for guitar duo', (MMus). 2008.

MMus Composition

Johnson L, ‘The way of Steve Lacy – finding individuality through musical genealogy’, (MMus). 2012.

Killin A, ‘Projects in cross-cultural music composition’ (MMus). 2012.

Shortis C, 'Distilling the essence : vocal provenance in the work of Jack Body', (MMus). 2010.

Grant A, 'Music compositions', (MMus). 2006.

Morgan R E, 'Composition portfolio', (MMus). 2006.


Upjohn Beatson E, ‘Establishing and understanding of group dynamics and process within single-session music therapy groups open to both adolescents with mental illness and mental health staff’, (MMTh). 2012.

Algie P, ‘Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children: An exploration of the relationship between TEACCH and a music therapy student's practice in a special education setting’, (MMTh). 2012.

Buxton S, ‘Music therapy in an early intervention centre for children who have cochlear implants’, (MMTh). 2012.

Hextall P, ‘An examination of the chance elements in Witold Lutosławski's music, with particular attention to its function as a model for compositional practice’ (MMTh). 2012.

Halligan L, ‘How does my music therapy practice, in a transition school focused on supporting adolescents with mental health needs, relate to the key competencies of the New Zealand curriculum?’, (MMTh). 2012.

Allan M, ‘The relationship between Kitwood's model of needs and a student's music therapy practice in an acute assessment unit for people living with dementia and mental health issues’, (MMTh). 2012.

Ludlam S, ‘The use of music therapy to support speech and expressive language development for pre-school children with special needs’, (MMTh). 2012.

McGann H, ‘Finding a place for music therapy practice in a hospital child development service’, (MMTh). 2012.

Dennis P, ‘Involving family members of people with dementia in the music therapy process at a residential care facility’, (MMTh). 2012.
Kho H C, 'Promoting communication and socialisation in music therapy for children with cerebral palsy', (MMTh). 2011.

Liu X, 'The use of music therapy strategies to enhance the general milieu in a rehabilitation centre', (MMTh). 2011.

Squires K M, 'Staff perceptions of how music therapy can support palliative care patients in a New Zealand / Aotearoa hospice, with a particular focus on spiritual care', (MMTh). 2011.

Yearsley S, 'Striking a balance :improving practice as a student doing group music therapy with adults with substance abuse and dependence', (MMTh). 2010.

Young J, 'Perspectives on developing a music therapy programme within an educational setting for adolescents with mental health issues', (MMTh). 2010.

Kaenampornpan P, ‘A music therapy student's exploration of single session music therapy for children on a paediatric ward using action research methodology’. (MMTh) 2010
Stamenovic M, 'Engagement in music therapy :a detailed study of communication between the therapist and client presenting with severe and multiple handicaps', (MMTh). 2010.

Wang A, 'Music analysis of clinical improvisations with an adolescent who has communication difficulties', (MMTh). 2010.

Armstrong R, 'The effect of music therapy on self-reported affect in hospitalised paediatric patients', (MMTh). 2009.

Boniface E J, 'Promoting sociability : staff perceptions of music therapy as a way to enhance social skills', (MMTh). 2009.

Castelino A M, 'The effect of single sessions of music therapy on the level of anxiety in older persons with psychiatric disorders : a pilot study', (MMTh). 2009.

Gang N, 'Action research : an exploration of a music therapy student's journey of establishing a therapeutic relationship with a child with autistic spectrum disorder in music therapy', (MMTh). 2009.

Savaiinaea C M, 'Challenges in communication : a critical analysis of a student music therapist's techniques in working with special needs children', (MMTh). 2009.

Wong C Y, 'How can a music therapy student facilitate contributions by adolescent clients who have psychiatric disorders in group music therapy', (MMTh). 2009.

Choi H C, 'Multicultural encounters in music therapy in New Zealand : What particular clinical experiences do NZ music therapists describe when encountering clients who identify closely with a culture different from their own?', (MMTh). 2008.

Wang L T, 'Action research : improving my music therapy practice with hospitalised adolescents through building relationships and meeting their developmental needs', (MMTh). 2008.

MMA Performance

Crawford M, ‘Critical analysis of the compositional techniques and devices used in Troy Roberts' album the Xenden suite’, (MMA). 2012.

Lee J Y, 'The influences of performers and composers on selected violin works of Johannes Brahms', (MMA). 2011.
Roud H, ‘New Zealand works for contrabassoon’, (MMA) 2010.