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Robin Stevens is a Principal Fellow in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne and was formerly Associate Professor of Music Education in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, Burwood Campus. He is currently lecturing in the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) course at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Robin Stevens completed undergraduate degrees in music and in education and then a PhD (1978) at the University of Melbourne with a thesis on the history of school music in NSW and Victoria, 1848-1920. Reflecting his interests in both music education history and technology applications in music education, Robin has published in the Australian Journal of Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, and Journal of Research in Music Education, as well as writing several historical entries in The Oxford Companion to Australian Music. He was Founding Editor of the Australian Online Journal of Arts Education, and is currently Research Editor of The Australian Journal of Music Education, Editor/Compiler of the Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research and has been a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Music Education - Research, Music Education Research International, Research Studies in Music Education, The Asia-Pacific Journal for Music Education and The Australian Kodaly Journal.
Robin Stevens is a member of the History Standing Committee of the International Society for Music Education, has been president and treasurer of the Australian Association for Research in Music Education as well as chairperson and treasurer of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Society for Music Education and member of the ASME National Council. His university teaching has involved pre-service teacher education, graduate and post-graduate music education courses, and supervision of Higher Degree by Research students in music education. He was Principal Investigator for the Music Council of Australia's research project on 'Trends in School Music Education Provision in Australia' (2002-03) and has served as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Review of School Music Education (2004-05), on the Australian National Music Workshop Advisory Group (2006), and was chairperson (2008-09) of the Australian Government's Music Education Advisory Group.
He is co-editor of a book (with Gordon Cox of the University of Reading) entitled The Origins and Foundations of Music Education: Cross-cultural Historical Studies of Music in Compulsory Schooling. Robin has also been the editor of Music in Action, a magazine for Australian music educators published by the Australian Music Association.
Current research articles in preparation include: 'Raphael Benjamin and Joel Fredman: The Introduction of Tonic Sol-fa to the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation' and 'Moulton of Tonga and the Development of Tu'ungafasi: An Adaptation of the Tonic Sol-fa Method and Notation to the Tongan Cultural Milieu'. He is also undertaking on-going research into other nineteenth-century music educators including Samuel McBurney, Emily Patton and Ada Bloxham.