Melissa Forbes

Melissa Forbes
University of Southern Queensland  · Academic Quality Unit

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Currently working on a number of projects which explore singing, jazz improvisation, gender, metaphor, embodiment and identity.
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - present
University of Southern Queensland 
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • I have been employed at USQ since 2009 as a casual, then full-time lecturer in music. My current role includes teaching, research and Associate Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Success for the School of Creative Arts.
Education
December 2012 - May 2016
Griffith University
Field of study
  • higher music education

Publications

Publications (21)
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Jazz instrumentalists’ experiences of improvisation have informed psychological research on a range of topics including flow in improvisation, yet there is scant evidence of jazz singers’ improvising experiences. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), this study investigated the experiences of three professional Australian jazz singe...
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This article explores spouse caregivers' experiences of a community singing group for people with Parkinson's disease and their carers. Previous studies have demonstrated the health and wellbeing benefits of group singing for a range of populations including people with Parkinson's disease, however, caregivers' experiences of these same groups rema...
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This article presents evidence of the value of collaborative learning for students working in small heterogeneous groups within first year music practice courses in an Australian university popular music program. Wenger, Trayner, and de Laat’s framework for promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks was used to gather and an...
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The complex realities of musicians’ portfolio careers highlight the need for research on musicians’ wellbeing. Musicians may include community work within their portfolio such as the facilitation of singing groups for health and wellbeing. Until recently, research on these groups has focused primarily on health and wellbeing outcomes for group part...
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A university-based, international research project investigating the effects of regular singing group activities for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) provided a unique opportunity to capture the lived experience of three facilitators of Australian-based singing groups. Using a phenomenological approach, data were collected via facilitators’ ref...
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This practice article describes the use of collaborative evaluation for institutional improvement leading to continuous learning at a regional university in Australia. The University of Southern Queensland’s Academic Quality Framework (2019–2022) was developed in response to external drivers to improve practices relating to the comprehensive and sy...
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Hypothesis Due to upward social comparison, we hypothesized that exposure to reality television singing (a technically demanding style of contemporary commercial music singing) would negatively influence singing self-concept compared to hearing amateur singers or plain, unembellished singing by professionals. Study Design and Methods A between-sub...
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What constitutes “good singing” can be hotly contested amongst singing voice pedagogues, yet little is known about what the general public considers to be “good singing”. Within a program of research on musical identity and singing self-concept, this mixed-methods pilot study considered how members of the public (N = 52) described and evaluated sty...
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Creativity in the form of musical improvisation has received growing attention from researchers informed by the literature on embodiment. To date, this research has focused on the embodied experiences of improvising instrumentalists rather than those of improvising singers. This article investigates the experience of embodiment during improvisation...
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Background Within the popular imagination, musical talent or ability is perceived to be genetic or innate (Rickard & Chin, 2017) and Western cultures tend to identify only those who actively create music through playing an instrument or singing as “musicians” (Hallam, 2017). The conflation of “musician” with ability and/or active music engagement t...
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This paper examines the function of 'expertise' in mediating the student-supervisor relationship in Higher Degree Research (HDR). Prevailing conceptualisations of expertise generally translate as disciplinary acumen and reference the supervisor's specialist disciplinary and methodological knowledge. Beyond establishing the disciplinary 'signatures'...
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appears in Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability: A Connectedness Learning Approach, edited by Ruth Bridgstock and Neil Tippett
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This article reviews relevant literature to provide a rationale for the use of collaborative learning for first year music practice courses at an Australian regional university. Higher music education is still grappling with the challenges posed by the Dawkins Review and ongoing reforms in the sector. These challenges include increased public accou...
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https://www120.secure.griffith.edu.au/rch/items/d9c06067-ca17-4679-ad52-13e7692e0151/1/ In Australia, higher music education faces challenging times— university reform has ushered in an era of public accountability and budget cuts; the sector has become portfolio career-focussed and a university education must prepare students for uncertain future...
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In this paper we reflect on a collaborative, process developed in an Australian university to support whole-of-program curriculum change. The aim of the change process is to enhance employment outcomes of Creative Arts students by aligning the curriculum with disciplinary Threshold Learning Outcomes. In this qualitative, case study the author-parti...
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This qualitative case study reports on an emerging four-stage process of support for curriculum change using reflective data which highlights three perspectives: that of the Academic Developer, the Head of Program, and the Discipline Leader. The aim of the change process was to enhance employment outcomes of Creative Arts students by aligning the p...

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Projects (2)
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Conceptual metaphor and the creative arts.
Project
This project seeks to explore the social and cultural factors which influence musical identity formation, with a particular interest in how these factors influence singing self-concept.