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Jane Davidson

Professor Jane Davidson

Deputy Director/Program Leader/Senior Honorary Research Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Contact details
Address
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
The University of Western Australia (M201)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
6488 3858
Fax
6488 1076
Email
jane.davidson@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BA Newcastle(U.K.), GradCertEd Lond., MA PhD City(U.K.), GradCertCouns Keele, MA Leeds
Biography
Jane Davidson’s career has spanned the university sector, conservatory education and the music profession. Her interests are in music psychology, music education, musicology, music theatre, vocal performance and contemporary dance. She has written more than 100 scholarly publications and secured a range of research grants. She has worked as an opera singer and a music theatre director, collaborating with performance groups such as Andrew Lawrence-King’s Harp Consort, Opera North, and the Portuguese Company, Drama per musica. After thirteen years at University of Sheffield, Jane began working full-time at the School of Music, University of Western Australia in January 2008.
Key research
Jane Davidson’s research is broadly in the area of performance studies, with four core areas of interest: musical development, expression in performance, music and health, and vocal studies and performance. In the area of musical development, her major output is based on two longitudinal research studies, each running for more than 10 years: study one focused on children showing exceptional skills; study two traced how children develop musical lives and identities, whether or not they persist with instrumental learning. Expressive body movement in musical performance is a central research interest, with topics ranging from the solo classical pianist and the chamber orchestra to Robbie Williams and Annie Lennox. Music and health research has resulted in publications on music therapy interventions with multiple sclerosis patients and a series of investigation into the health benefits of singing. Jane is currently investigating singing interventions for older people, especially those facing social isolation. Vocal research has included an investigation of the effects of the contraceptive pill on the female operatic singer’s voice. Two edited volumes -The Music Practitioner (Ashgate, 2004) and La purpura de la rosa: the staging of an opera, bringing the first Latin-American opera to life (DMLS, 2007) -reveal Jane’s interest in the social psychology of operatic rehearsal and production.
Jane uses both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and introduced Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to music research (see, Empirical Musicology, Oxford: 2004).
Publications
Books

2007 Davidson, J.W., Trippett, A. (Eds), Bringing the First Latin-American Opera to Life: Staging La purpura de la rosa in Sheffield, Durham Modern Languages Series, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, Great Britain

2004 Davidson, J.W. (Ed), The Music Practitioner, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, UK

Book chapters

2007 Davidson, J.W., Directing La purpura de la rosa in J.W Davidson, A. Trippett, (Eds), Bringing the First Latin-American Opera to Life: Staging La purpura de la rosa in Sheffield, PP.215-250. Durham Modern Languages Series, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, Great Britain

2007 Davidson, J.W., Trippett, A. Staging an Opera; Sheffield version, in J.W Davidson, A. Trippett, (Eds), Bringing the First Latin-American Opera to Life: Staging La purpura de la rosa in Sheffield, PP.373-375. Durham Modern Languages Series, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, Great Britain

2007 Davidson, J.W., Jordan, N., "Private Teaching, Private Learning?": An exploration of music instrument learning in the private studio, junior and senior conservatories in International Handbook of Research in Arts Education Part 1, Springer, The Netherlands

2006 Davidson, J.W., McPherson, G., Playing an Instrument in The Child as Musician, Oxford University Press, New York

2006 Davidson, J.W., Coulam, A., Exploring jazz and classical solo singing performance behaviours: A preliminary step towards understanding performer creativity in Musical creativity: Current research and theory in practice, Oxford University Press, New York

2006 Davidson, J.W., Burland, K., Musician identity formation in The Child as Musician, Oxford University Press, Oxford

2006 Davidson, J.W., "She's the One": Multiple functions of body movement in a stage performance by Robbie Williams in Music and Gesture, Ashgate, Aldershot

2005 Davidson, J.W., Bodily communication in musical performance in Musical Communication, Oxford University Press, Oxford

2004 Davidson, J.W., Making a Reflexive Turn: Practical Music-making Becomes Conventional Research in The Music Practitioner: Research for the Music Performer, Teacher and Listener, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, UK

2004 Davidson, J.W., What can the Social Psychology of Music offer Community Music Therapy? in Community Music Therapy, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, UK

2004 Davidson, J.W., Goodman, E., Strategies for ensemble practice in Musical Excellence: Strategies and techniques to enhance performance, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

2004 Davidson, J.W., Analysing music as social behaviour in Empirical Musicology, Oxford University Press, New York, USA

2004 Coimbra, D.C.C., Davidson, J.W., Assessing vocal performance in The Music Practitioner: Exploring practices and research in the development of the expert music performer, teacher and l, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, UK

2004 Burland, K., Davidson, J.W., Tracing a Musical Life Transition, in J.W. Davidson (Ed) The Music Practitioner: Exploring practices and research in the development of the expert music performer, teacher and listener, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, UK

2004 Davidson, J.W., Music as social behaviour in Empirical Musicology: Aims, Methods, Prospects, Oxford University Press, New York, USA

2002 Lehmann, A.C., Davidson, J.W., Taking an acquired skills perspective on music performance in The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

2002 Davidson, J.W., Developing the ability to perform in Musical Performance: A Guide to Study and Practice, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

2002 Davidson, J.W., Communicating with the body in performance in Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

2002 Davidson, J.W., The solo performer's identity in Musical Identities, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

2002 Borthwick, S.J., Davidson, J.W., Developing a Child's Identity as a Musician: A "Family" Script perspective in Musical Identities, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

2002 Davidson, J.W., Correia, J.S., Body movement in The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

2002 Gembris, H., Davidson, J.W., Environmental influences in The Science and Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

2002 Pitts, S.E., Davidson, J.W., McPherson, G.E., Developing effective practice strategies: case studies of three young instrumentalists in Aspects of Teaching Secondary Music, Routledge Falmer, London, UK

2001 Davidson, J.W., Pitts, S.E., Musik und geistige Fähigkeiten in Macht Musik wirlich kluger? Musickalisches Lernen and Transfereffekte, Wissner Verlag, Augsburg, Germany

1998 Clarke, E. F. & Davidson, J. W. The body in music as mediator between knowledge and action. In: W. Thomas (Ed.).Composition, Performance, Reception: Studies in the Creative Process in Music, pp 74-92, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1997 Davidson, J. W. The social psychology of performance. In D. J. Hargreaves & A. C. North (Eds.). The Social Psychology of Music, pp 209-226, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1997 Davidson, J. W., Howe, M. J. A. & Sloboda, J. A. Environmental factors in the development of musical performance skill in the first twenty years of life. In: D. J. Hargreaves & A. C. North (Eds.). The Social Psychology of Music, pp188-203, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1996 Davidson, J. W.& Sloboda, J. A., The young performing musician. In: I. Deliege, & J. A. Sloboda (Eds.). The Origins and Development of Musical Competence. Oxford University Press, vol 127, 40-45.

1995 Davidson, J. W. What does the visual information contained in music performances offer the observer? Some preliminary thoughts. In R. Steinberg (Ed.). The Music Machine: Psychophysiology and Psychopathology of the Sense of Music, pp105-113, Berlin: Springer Verlag.

1995 Davidson, J. W. & Sloboda, J. A., L’ interprète en herbe. In I. Deliège, & J. A. Sloboda (Eds.). Naissance et développement du sens musical, pp 199-221, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

Refereed Journal Articles

2007 Liao, M.Y., Davidson, J.W., 'The use of gesture techniques in children's singing', International Journal of Music Education, 25, 1, pp. 82-96.

2007 Davidson, J.W., Lai, V., 'Shanghai Street: Arts in and of a City', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1, 7, pp. 109-119.

2007 La, F.M.B., Ledger, W.L., Davidson, J.W., Howard, D.M., Jones, G.L., 'The Effects of a Third Generation Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill on the Classical Singing Voice', Journal of Voice, 21, 6, pp. 754-761.

2007 Davidson, J.W., 'The activity and artistry of solo vocal performance: Insights from investigative observations and interviews with western classical singers', The Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Special Issue 2007, pp. 109-140.

2007 Blank, M., Davidson, J.W., 'An exploration of the effects of musical and social factors in piano duo collaborations', Psychology of Music, 35, 2, pp. 231-248.

2007 La, F., Davidson, J.W., Ledger, W., Howard, D., Jones, G., 'A case-study on the effects of the menstrual cycle and the use of a combined oral contraceptive pill on the performance of a western classical singer: An objective and subjective overview', The Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Special Issue 2007, pp. 85-107.

2007 Davidson, J.W., 'Qualitative insights into the use of expressive body movement in solo piano performance: a case study approach', Psychology of Music, 35, 3, pp. 381-401.

2006 Davidson, J.W., Faulkner, R.S.C., 'Men in Chorus: Collaboration and competition in homo-social vocal behaviour', Psychology of Music, 34, 2, pp. 219-238.

2005 Kurosawa, K., Davidson, J.W., 'Non-verbal interaction in popular performance: The Corrs', Musicae Scientiae, 19, 1, pp. 111-136.

2005 Lã, F., Davidson, J.W., 'Investigating the Relationship between Sexual Hormones and Female Western Classical Singing', Research Studies in Music Education, 24, pp. 75-87.

2005 Magee, W.L., Davidson, J.W., 'Music Therapy In Multiple Sclerosis: Results of a Systematic Qualitative Analysis', Music Therapy Perspectives, 22, 1, pp. 39-51.

2005 Bailey, B., Davidson, J.W., 'Effects of group singing and performance for marginalised and middle-class singers', Psychology of Music, 33, 3, pp. 269-303.

2005 Davidson, J.W., 'Before, during and after examinations in England: The interaction of teacher, student and parents', Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, 3, 1, pp. 64-81.

2005 Davidson, J.W., 'A British Academician', Musicae Scientiae, 9, 2, pp. 213-221.

2005 Faulkner, R.S.C., Davidson, J.W., 'Men's Vocal Behaviour and the Construction of Self', Musicae Scientiae, VIII, 2, pp. 231-255.

2004 Magee, W.L., Davidson, J.W., 'Singing in Therapy: Monitoring Disease Process in Chronic Degenerative Illness', British Journal of Music Therapy, 18, 2, pp. 65-77.

2003 Bailey, B., Davidson, J.W., 'Amateur Group Singing as a Therapeutic Instrument', Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 12, pp. 18-32.

2003 Davidson, J.W., Edgar, R., 'Gender and race bias in the judgement of western art music performance', Music Education Research, 5, 2, pp. 169-182.

2003 Moore, D.G., Davidson, J.W., Burland, K., 'The social context of musical success', British Journal of Psychology, 94, pp. 529-549.

2003 Ford, L., Davidson, J.W., 'An investigation of members' roles in wind quintets', Psychology of Music, 31, pp. 53-74.

2003 Kokotsaki, D., Davidson, J.W., 'Investigating musical performance anxiety among music college singing students', Music Education Research, 5, pp. 45-60.

2002 Davidson, J.W., 'Understanding the expressive movements of a solo pianist', Musikpsychologie: Jahrbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie , 16, pp. 7-29.

2002 Magee, W.L., Davidson, J.W., 'The Effect Of Music Therapy On Mood States In Neurological Patients - A Pilot Study', Journal of Music Therapy, 39, 1, pp. 20-29.

2002 McPherson, G.E., Davidson, J.W., 'Musical Practice: Mother and child interactions during the first year of learning an instrument', Music Education Research, 4, pp. 141-156.

2002 Williamon, R.A., Davidson, J.W., 'Exploring co-performer communication', Musicae Scientiae, VI, 1, pp. 53-72.

2002 Burland, K., Davidson, J.W., 'Training the talented', Music Education Research, 4, pp. 121-140.

2002 Davidson, J.W., Good, J.M.M., 'Social and Musical Coordination between Members of a String Quartet: An Exploratory Study', Psychology of Music, 30, 2, pp. 186-201.

2002 Bailey, B., Davidson, J.W., 'Adaptive characteristics of group singing: perceptions from members of a choir for homeless men', Musicae Scientiae, VI, 2, pp. 221-256.

2002 Coimbra, D.C.C., Davidson, J.W., Kokotsaki, D., 'Student's experiences of mid-year examinations', Music Education Research, 4, pp. 168-181.

2002 Davidson, J.W., Borthwick, S.J., 'Family Dynamics and Family Scripts: A Case Study of Musical Development ', Psychology of Music, 30, pp. 121-136.

2001 Davidson, J.W., Correia, J.S., 'Meaningful musical performance: a bodily experience', Research Studies in Music Education, 17, pp. 70-83.

2001 Davidson, J.W., Pitts, S.E., '"People have talents": A case study of musical behaviour in an adoptive family', British Journal of Music Education, 18, 2, pp. 161-171.

2001 Davidson, J.W., 'The role of the body in the production and perception of solo vocal performance: A case study of Annie Lennox', Musicae Scientiae, V, 2, pp. 235-256.

2001 Davidson, J.W., Coimbra, D.C.C., 'Investigating performance evaluation by assessors of singers in a music college setting', Musicae Scientiae, V, 1, pp. 33-54.

2001 Kokotsaki, D., Davidson, J.W., Coimbra, D., 'Investigating the assessment of singers in a music college setting: the students' perspective', Research Studies in Music Education, 16, pp. 15-32.

2001 Burland, K., Davidson, J.W., 'Investigating social processes in group musical composition', Research Studies in Music Education, 16, pp. 46-56.

2001 Davidson, J.W., Pitts, S.E., Correia, J.S., 'Reconciling Technical and Expressive Elements in Young Children's Musical Instrument Teaching: Working with Children', Journal of Aesthetic Education, 35, 3, pp. 51-62.

2001 Davidson, J.W., 'David Helfgott: A Psychologist's Perspective', Research Studies in Music Education, 16, pp. 66-70.

2000 Pitts, S.E. and Davidson, J.W. Supporting musical development in the primary school: an English perspective on the Australian band system. Research Issues in Music Education., 14, 76-84.

2000 Pitts, S.E., Davidson, J.W. & McPherson, G.E. Developing effective practice strategies: case studies of three young instrumentalists. Music Education Research., 2, 45-56.

1999 Davidson, J.W. Sketching a social psychology of music learning and performance. Journal of Music Perception and Cognition, 5(1): 44-55.

1999 Davidson, J.W. Self and desire: A preliminary exploration of why students start and continue with music learning. Research Studies in Music Education, 12: 30-37.

1999 Davidson, J.W. & Scutt, S. Exam Interactions. Ensemble: The Journal of the Music Masters’ and Mistresses’ Association, 51: 10-17.

1999 Davidson, J.W. & Scutt, S. Researching Music Examinations. British Journal of Music Education, 16:1, 79-95.

1998 Howe, M. J. A., Davidson, J. W. & Sloboda, J. A. Innate gifts and talents: Reality or myth? Behavioural and Brain Sciences. 21 (3): 399-407.

1998 Howe, M. J. A., Davidson, J. W. & Sloboda, J. A. Natural Born Talents Undiscovered. Behavioural and Brain Sciences. 21 (3): 432-442.

1998 Davidson, J. W., Howe, M. J. A., Moore, D. M., & Sloboda, J. A. The role of teachers in the development of musical ability. Journal of Research in Music Education, v46(1), 141-160.

1997 Davidson, J.W. Themes and Discussions in Musical Development Research. Polish Journal of Developmental Psychology. Spring Issue, 7, 34-42.

1997 Davidson, J.W. & Smith, J.A. A Case Study of Newer Practices in Music Education at Conservatoire Level. British Journal of Music Education, 14, 3, 251-269.

1996 Sloboda, J. A., Davidson, J. W., Howe, M. J. A., & Moore, D. M. The role of practice in the development of expert musical performance British Journal of Psychology), 87, 287-309.

1996 Davidson, J. W., Howe, M. J. A., Moore, D. M., & Sloboda, J. A. The Role of Parental Influences in the Development of Musical Ability. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 14, 399-412

1995/6 Davidson, J. W., Howe, M. J. A. & Sloboda, J. A. The role of parents and teachers in the success and failure of instrumental learners. Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education. 127, 40-45.

1995 Howe, M. J. A., Davidson, J. W., Moore, D. M., & Sloboda, J. A. Are there early signs of musical excellence? Psychology of Music, 23, 162-176.

1994 Davidson, J. W. What type of information is conveyed in the body movements of solo musician performers? Journal of Human Movement Studies, 6, 279-301.

1994a Sloboda, J. A., Davidson, J. W. & Howe, M. J. A. Is everyone musical? The Psychologist, 7 (7), 349-354.

1994b Sloboda, J. A., Davidson, J. W. & Howe, M. J. A. Musicians: Experts not geniuses. The Psychologist , 7(7), 363-365.

1993 Davidson, J.W. Visual perception of performance manner in the movements of solo musicians, Psychology of Music, 21, 103-13.

1993 Howe, M.J.A., Sloboda, J.A. & Davidson, J.W. What makes a musician? Upbeat, 16: 8-9.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Callaway/Tunley Chair of Music & Director, Callaway Centre
Coordinator, Research & Postgraduate Studies

BA (Hons), Newcastle (U.K.); PGCertEd, Lond.; MA & PhD, City (U.K.); PGCertCouns, Keele (U.K.); MA, Leeds

Funding received
• Act, Belong, Commit to Singing: A Healthy Way to Live. 2009, Healthway, $35,000Aus

• Developing and piloting a method of referral to a social rehabilitation through singing program for older people 2008, UWA Research Grant (with Gill Lewin of Silver Chain), $19,995Aus

• Communicative Human Musicality: A cross-cultural comparative study of dance, singing and musical instrument skills in 12-15 year olds. 2008-2010, ARC Discovery Project DP 0879196 (with Victoria Rogers), $305,000Aus

• From Child to Adult Musician, 2007-09, ARC Discovery Project DP0770257 (with Gary McPherson), $240,000Aus

• Effects of the contraceptive pill on female professional voice users, 2006. White Rose Consortium Research Initiatives Fund, £40,000

• The Spanish Baroque Continuo, 2005-07, Arts and Humanities Research Council Performing Arts Research Fellowship (for Andrew Lawrence-King), £90,000

• Music and Stroke, 2004, Stroke Association (with Wendy Magee), £5,000

• Moving Musicians, 2003/04, Visiting fellowship, University of Western Sydney, $8,000Aus

• Co-ordinating piano duos, 1999, University of Sheffield Research Fund, £5,000

• Factors and Abilities Influencing the Development of Visual, Aural, and Creative Musical Performance Skills in Beginning Instrumental Instruction, 1997-99, Australian Research Council, Large Grant, (Gary McPherson and Jane Davidson), $95,000Aus

• Definitions of Practical Music as Research,1995, Arts Council of England, £6,000

• Biographical Determinants of Musical Excellence, 1991-1993, Leverhulme Trust, (John A. Sloboda, Michael J.A. Howe, Jane Davidson), £75,000
Honours and awards
For teaching: UWA, FAHSS High Commendation for Teaching (2008); University of Sheffield, Senate Award for Teaching Excellence (2003)
For study: Rotary International Scholarship; Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Award
Teaching
Jane has taught undergraduate units in Music Theatre and Vocal Performance, Improvisation, Performance Studies, Critical Responses to Music, Topics in the History of Music, Gender in Western Art Music, Psychological Approaches to Performance, Music in the Community, Music Therapy, Development of Musical Ability. She has supervised Honours, Masters and Doctoral theses, teaching associated research training programmes in Music Research Skills, Critique of Research and coordinated Graduate Study Days. She devised the MA Psychology for Musicians (Distance Learning) and MA in Music Theatre Studies for University of Sheffield and co-founded its MA in Psychology of Music. At UWA, Jane coordinates the Master of Music Practitioner Studies, working with several colleagues on course writing and delivery.

Visiting teaching posts have included: Guildhall School of Music (1992-2002); Lucerne Konservatorium (1998 -2002); Polytechnic Institute of Porto (1997-2005); Univeristy of Aveiro (1997-2005); Trinity College of Music and Royal National Institute for the Blind (2003-2006); Hong Kong Institute of Education (2004-2006).
Current external positions
Board member of Staff and Educational Development Association, 1993-6.

Editorial staff of New Academic (Journal of Teaching and Learning Innovation in Higher Education), 1993-6.

Assistant Editor & French-English translation for European Society for the Cognitive Sciences in Music, 1992-5; also editorial board of Musicae Scientiae, since 2001.

Board of Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education, 1996-2009.

Associate Editor of British Journal of Music Education, 1997-2001.

Associate Editor of Research Issues in Music Education, since 1999.

Editor of Psychology of Music 1997-2001, then editorial board of Psychology of Music, since 2001.

Vice-president of European Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music, 2003-06.

Advisory Boards for: International Conferences on Musical Perception and Cognition, 1998-2008; Swiss Science Ministry and European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music conference on music relevant to Music Colleges, Lucerne, 1999. Jane was Conference Secretary for Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education, 1992-6, organizing 3 international and 7 national conferences; Director of a conference on ‘Music Theatre Performance’, University of Sheffield, February 2004; Director of ‘Performance Matters’ an international conference linking European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music and Society for Education Music (ESCOM), the International Society for Music Education (ISME), Society for Education, Music and Psychology (SEMPRE) and the Music Psychology Research Centre in Porto (CIPEM), Porto, September 2005.

Jane is a reviewer of books for: Ashgate, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, British Psychological Society, Jessica Kingsley, Cambridge Scholars Press, Psychology Press, Royal Musical Association. Grant reviewer for: Arts and Humanities Research Board, Economic and Social Sciences Research Council, Arts Council of England, Australian Research Council, OzReader.

Course Examiner for: BA Music, University of Northumbria; MA in Choral Education, Roehampton University, London; MA Music Therapy, Nordoff-Robbins, City University; MEd Music Education, University of London; MMus in vocal performance, Universidade de Aveiro; Licenciatura in Vocal Studies, Universidade Catolica, Portugal.

Postgraduate Thesis Examination for the universities of Leicester, Exeter, Surrey, Cambridge, London, Leeds, Bangor, Reading, Queensland, Melbourne, Western Sydney, James Cook, New England, Wollongong, Cape Town, Tasmania, Nanyang, Singapore; Bar-Ilan, Israel.

Validation Panels: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Masters programme; Leeds College of Music for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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