SOUTHERN Institute of Technology’s (SIT) Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen has been awarded the honour of a visiting research fellowship to the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.
The SIT Bachelor of Contemporary Music and Audio Production academic leader will visit the School of Music at ANU in May for 10 days to learn more about its music engagement programme as well as to teach and present at a workshop for graduates, as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.
“I am really excited to see outreach singing in action,” she said.
“It is going to be great for my professional development… [and] I will be able to bring back what I have learned and pass it on to my students who are studying music education.”
Associate Professor Susan West, the convener of the Music Engagement Program at ANU, applied for Dr Bodkin-Allen to be awarded the fellowship.
Dr Bodkin-Allen said she had received the fellowship as a result of her work in setting up outreach singing workshops in Invercargill last year in which school children and members of the community visited rest homes to sing with residents.
“It is singing with people, not singing at people,” she said.
“It is about making music for everyone… social altruistic music-making.”
Dr Bodkin-Allen is conducting research to determine how to make people more confident about singing in front of others, particularly those aged 16 years and over.
Initial results indicated the workshops had increased participants’ confidence about singing in public, she said.
“This is a way to show everyone is a singer.”