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Online Mini-Hartley Residency with Dr. Nicole Canham, Monash University Seminar

Dr. Nicole Canham
10:00 - 12:00
28 October 2020

Event details

The music department is delighted to welcome Nicole Canham (Monash University) for an online Mini-Hartley Residency.

This public online event will take place on Microsoft Teams. If you are not a staff or student at University of Southampton and would like to attend, please contact Matthew Shlomowitz at 


10:00-11:00: The beauty of small stories

In this presentation, Dr Nicole Canham discusses the value of narrative as a tool for understanding the complex and multifaceted nature of making a life in music.  Drawing upon her current research employing narrative inquiry and narrative therapy techniques, Nicole will outline how this approach provides a much-needed framework for music scholars and practitioners to understand and respond to the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:30-12:30: Transformations: new approaches to being and becoming a musician

In this session, Nicole draws upon her own expansive practice as a performing artist, curator, scholar and educator to explore the benefits of transformative learning for educators and students in music higher education.

Speaker information

Dr. Nicole Canham, Monash University. Churchill Fellow, Nicole Canham (clarinet and tarogato), is an award-winning and versatile musician who is committed to creating transformative arts and educational experiences, and to building new audiences for art music. She has performed around Australia and abroad in the UK, USA, Mexico, Germany, Belgium and France, collaborating with composers including Elena Kats-Chernin, Carlos Lopez Charles, Paula Matthusen and Rodrigo Sigal and performers Claude Delangle, dancer/choreographer Nerida Matthaei and theatre director Caroline Stacey. In 2020, Nicole joined the faculty of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, as Wind Program Coordinator. In this role, she focuses on performance, teaching and scholarship, all of whichare integral aspects of her creative practice. Nicole completed a PhD on the career pathways of independent, classically trained musicians in 2016, and has presented her research at leading conferences around the world. Nicole is a qualified career development practitioner, completing a Graduate Diploma of Career Education and Development through RMIT in 2019. She is currently writing a book on transformational approaches to musicians’ career development to be published by Routledge in 2021.

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