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Dr Geoffrey Lowe

Dr Geoffrey Lowe

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6939, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML16.144
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6939
Facsimile: +61 8 0400460887
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.144  


Geoffrey is a Senior Lecturer in Music Education for the School of Education in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Professional Associations

  • 2007 - Western Australian Band Association (WABA)
  • 2006 - Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME)
  • 1998 - International Association for Music Education (ISME)
  • 1994 - Australian Association for Music Education (ASME)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Motivation theories, particularly relating to lower secondary school
  • Secondary teaching pedagogy (music education)
  • Resource development (music education)
  • Critical reflective practice (generic)
  • Education in developing countries (Africa)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2009.
  • Master of Music Education, The University of Western Australia, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Music, The University of Melbourne, 1982.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Motivation of Year 8 Students To Continue Learning a Musical Instrument: Why Are They Dropping Out?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $24,668.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Greig, J., Lowe, G., (2014), Breaking sound barriers: New perspectives on effective big band development and rehearsal. Australian Journal of Music Education, 2014(1), 52 - 65, Parkville, Victoria.
  • Lowe, G., Sutherland, A., (2014), Western Australian music teachers and the WACE Music syllabus five years down the track:Where are we now?. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(11), 162 - 177, Australia.
  • Lowe, G., (2013), Brass bands, cave men and community wellness: Using evolutionary biology as a framework for understanding the motivation of community music groups. e-Journal of Studies in Music education, 9(2), 64-77, Canturbury, New Zealand.
  • Lowe, G., Prout, P., Murcia, K., (2013), I See, I Think I Wonder: An Evaluation of Journaling as a Critical Reflective Tool for Aiding Teachers in Challenging or Confronting Contexts. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(6), 1-16, Perth, Western Australia, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2013v38n6.6.
  • Lowe, G., (2012), Lessons for teachers: What lower secondary school students tell us about learning a musical instrument. International Journal of Music Education, 30(3), 227-243, Croydon, UK, DOI: 10.1177/0255761411433717.
  • Lowe, G., Belcher, S., (2012), Direct instruction and music literacy: one approach to augmenting the diminishing?. Australian Journal of Music Education, 2012(1), 3 - 13, Parkville, Victoria.
  • Lowe, G., (2011), Class music learning activities: Do students find them important, interesting and useful?. Research Studies in Music Education, 33(2), 143 - 159, London, DOI: 10.1177/1321103X11422768.

Conference Publications

  • Lowe, G., Lummis, G., (2013), ACARA and the generalist push: What does it mean for music education from a teacher-training perspective ?. Redefining the musical landscape: inspired learning and innovation in music education. XIX National Conference Proceedings, 125-131, Parkville.
  • Lowe, G., (2011), Retention in instrumental programs in lower secondary school: the student perspective. Magnetic Resonance & Research Conversations: Proceedings of the 2010 XXXVII and 2011 XXXIII Annual Conferences, 31 - 40, James Cook University.
  • Lowe, G., (2011), Students voting with their feet: The values students attach to class music learning activities in lower secondary school. Magnetic Resonance & Research Conversations: Proceedings of the 2010 XXXVII and 2011 XXXIII Annual Conferences, 41 - 49, James Cook University.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  Principles For Designing An Effective, Post-compulsory Music Curriculum Suitable For Western Australia.
  • Master of Education,  The Development Of A 15 Minute Direct Instruction Program For Year 7 Students For The Victorian Music Classroom And An Evaluation Of Its Effectiveness In Advancing Students' Music Literacy

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Interdisciplinary Intervention: The Potential Of The Orff-schulwerk Approach As A Pedagogical Tool For The Effective Teaching Of Italian To Upper Primary Students In Western Australia.
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