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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.

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

  • Prout, P., Lowe, G., Gray, C., Jefferson, S., (2020), Examined lives: The transformative power of active interviewing in narrative approach. Qualitative Report: an online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990, 25(1), 14-27, United States - Online.
  • Lowe, G., Prout, P., (2019), Reframing Teacher In-service Training in Kenya: Recommendations from the Literature. Africa Education Review, 16(3), 54-66, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/18146627.2017.1340803.
  • Prout, P., Lowe, G., Gray, C., Jefferson, S., (2019), An elixir for veteran teachers: The power of social connections in keeping these teachers passionate and enthusiastic in their work. Qualitative Report: an online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990, 24(9), 2244-2258.
  • Lowe, G., Gray, C., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., Shaw, T., (2019), Positive veteran teachers: Who are they, and where are they to be found?. Issues in Educational Research, 29(3), 823-840.
  • Lowe, G., Gray, C., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., Shaw, T., (2019), Still keen and committed: Piloting an instrument for identifying positive veteran teachers. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 25(4), 418-433, DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2019.1621829.
  • Gray, C., Lowe, G., (2019), "Learning the ropes": Pre-service arts teachers navigating the extracurricular terrain. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 44(4), 78-90, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2018v44n4.6.
  • Gray, C., Lowe, G., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., (2019), “I feel very fortunate to still be doing what I love”: Later career performing arts teachers still keen and committed. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 20(7), 1-22, Online, DOI: 10.26209/ijea20n7.
  • Lowe, G., (2018), Competition versus cooperation: Implications for music teachers following students feedback from participation in a large-scale cooperative music festival. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 43(5), 78-94, Australia, Social Science Press.
  • Lowe, G., Lummis, G., Morris, J., (2017), Pre-service primary teachers' experiences and self-efficacy to teach music: Are they ready?. Issues in Educational Research, 27(2), 314-329.
  • Lowe, G., Coy, N., (2016), Immersion, relevance and transferability: The motivational preferences of lower secondary students towards a newly created praxis-based class music program. Australian Journal of Music Education, 50(2), 39-47, Australian Society for Music Education.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A study on the impact of music looping technology intervention upon pre-service generalist teachers' self-efficacy to teach music in primary schools
  • Master of Education,  Principles for designing an effective, post-compulsory music curriculum suitable for Western Australia.
  • Master of Education,  Emerging strategies for Western Australian secondary shool jazz ensemble directors: Improving engagement with drum-set students
  • Master of Education,  The perceived 'classroom readiness' and support of Western Australian primary graduate teachers
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Practicing jazz performance: An investigation into the process that underpins optimal instrumental practice in the jazz idiom.

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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