Ensemble music & youth wellbeing

Youth social and emotional learning through community music ensemble participation: An agentive, social ecological framework approach

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This project takes a social ecological approach to community youth music participation and related social and emotional learning and wellbeing. Community youth music ensembles, such as orchestras and choirs, can be fertile places for nurturing high performance, musical learning. However, they also offer unique, inclusive learning environments in which young people may learn a raft of other important life skills and understandings, such as teamwork, empathy, curiosity and grit. This research approach understands that an individual's agentic capacities are shaped by their environments, networks and relationships (McLeod, 2017) and investigates the actions of community youth ensemble managers, teachers and players that enable networks of agentive behaviour that support social and emotional learning and wellbeing.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Bill Baker


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Strong, demonstrated qualitative research skills and experience
  • Completion of a previous post-graduate degree or Honours
  • A strong background in social science research, and music education
  • Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in working in community education and/or school contexts
  • Demonstrated skills in organisation, collaboration and communication

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Bill Baker to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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