Anita has a deep interest in how music education can be used to enhance the development and performance of children and adults alike. Through her research career she has wanted to challenge the way music education is viewed and valued in Western education systems. This interest has lead her to the potential for music education to fundamentally revolutionise educational practices, standards and systems. Along this potential comes the significant cultural, intellectual and capacity changes that would need to be addressed to reap the full benefits of music education and fundamentally alter our nation's intellectual, economic and social futures.
Anita has worked with TED Education on an education film and presented at TEDxCanberra in 2014. Her current research projects look at innovative solutions to ongoing music education for disadvantaged children in regional Australia, using music education to teach auscultation skills to nursing and paramedic students and the impact of music eduction on NAPLAN scores. Anita has completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Clarinet) from the ANU, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Canberra, a Masters of Education from Deakin University focusing on boys music education and a PhD in neuroscience and music education from the University of Melbourne.