Young Musicians Research Workshop 2014

On Monday and Tuesday 19-20 May eleven of the best Music Extension students from across Queensland came to State Library for the 2014 Young Musicians Research Workshop. This year more than half the group came from outside Brisbane, from as far afield as Chincilla and Mosman. The Workshop is offered in partnership between State Library and the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

Day One began with an introduction to State Library staff and an address by Professor Scott Harrison, Director of the Conservatorium. Next on the agenda was a ‘white gloves’ session, in which the students handled some of the wonderful heritage music material and other original materials collections from the John Oxley Library collection. Many had never seen such old manuscripts.

The Research Workshop aims to help music students improve their research skills, and explores different search techniques, how to identify, access and interpret music resources, and what digital resources are available to them online at home. Later in the day, the students answered a series of music research questions by leaping into the music databases and working out how they all worked and what information they provide.

The afternoon of Day One involved a tour of The Edge and a workshop in the lab, to create a mash-up using music software Ableton. A mentoring session to assist with the students’ own research topics finished the day.

Day Two began with a trip to the Queensland Conservatorium, and a presentation by Professor Peter Roennfeldt and Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, who explored the career pathway of music research and described some of the interesting challenges and exciting discoveries they had made over the course of their careers.

 A tour of the Conservatorium followed, along with a surprise drop-in to a Con Artists rehearsal, then back to State Library for more mentored time investigating individual research topics and some exploring around the Library.

The students were keen to find out more about tertiary music study and the possibilities music research can offer. A great two days all round. We wish them all well in their future studies.

Robyn Hamilton - Queensland Music Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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