Keynote Speakers

Professor Margaret S. Barrett

Professor Barrett is a leading figure in Australian and international music education. She is currently professor and Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University. Among her many achievements Professor Barrett was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in 2018 to undertake preliminary investigations of children’s singing and song-making in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute, and the Library of Congress (Washington DC) and was elected Beaufort Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College University of Cambridge in 2019. She has held a research residency funded by the Foundation de Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics /Musique) investigating creative pedagogy and transmission practices (2019). She was awarded the Fellowship of the Australian Society for Music Education in 2011. Professor Barrett has held nine ARC grants, seven as lead Chief Investigator, in addition to numerous other funded research projects. She is currently Founding Director of the Pedagogies of Creativity, Collaboration, Expertise and Enterprise (PoCCEE) research focus at Monash.

Professor Barrett holds positions as a Director of the Australian Music Centre, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Music Festival. She has served as President of the International Society for Music Education (2012-2014), Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education (2013-2015), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (2009-2011), board member of the International Society for Music Education (2008-2010), and National President of the Australian Society for Music Education (1999-2001). Read Professor Barrett's full profile here.

Professor Oscar Odena

Oscar Odena is Professor of Education at the University of Glasgow, which he joined in 2013. Prior to this he worked at universities in England, Northern Ireland and Spain. His research expertise combines qualitative research approaches, music education and creativity, with a focus on how music and creativity can be used as a tool for social cohesion. Increasingly, his work and the work of his co-authors draws on different forms of qualitative and narrative inquiry to address questions around diversity in complex settings. Publications number over eighty papers and four books, including the monograph Musical Creativity Revisited (Routledge, 2018) and the edited books Musical Creativity and Music and Social Inclusion (Routledge, 2012 and 2023). He serves on the review colleges of the Irish Research Council and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). He is the Principal Investigator of a number of initiatives on the role of social arts programmes in complex settings, such as the AHRC The Arts of Inclusion, Oscar is past Co-Chair of the Research Commission of the International Society for Music Education and serves on the boards of five leading journals. His full profile is available at and his publications at

Associate Professor Áine Mangaong 

Áine Mangaoang is Associate Professor in Popular Music at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo. As a musicologist, Áine is most interested in how music is used, experienced, and mediated in everyday life, especially by those on the margins of society. Her writing on music in prison has been published in Musicae Scientiae, Postcolonial Text and Torture journals, and was also the topic of her first monograph, Dangerous Mediations: Pop Music in a Philippine Prison Video, which was awarded the 2021 IASPM-US Woody Guthrie Book Prize for most outstanding book on popular music. Her second book, the coedited volume Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music, draws on her ongoing work on music, politics, and place. Other writing on these themes appears in the Journal of World Popular Music, Journal of the Society of Musicology in Ireland, and the recent volume, Sonic Signatures: How Migrant Music Constitutes the City at Night. Áine is currently Principal Investigator for Prisons of Note, a three-year international project on music in prisons (funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s Young Research Talent grant). Prior to this, she held academic fellowships and teaching positions at Ateneo de Manila University, Iceland University of the Arts in Reykjavík, Dublin City University, and the University of Liverpool’s Institute for Popular Music. A passionate advocate for community music and social justice initiatives, Áine has extensive experience leading and participating in several public arts projects, most recently as director of the Oslo-based Mná na hÉireann community choir. Visit Assoc Professor Mangaoang's website here