Associate Professor, Music, Western Sydney University

Diana Blom is Associate Professor, Music, in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Current research interests focus on tertiary performance (assessing group performance, collaboration, interpretation); preferences for, responses to, and descriptions of, music; the relationship between music and words in the musical; music and ANZAC war commemoration; and how arts practitioners working in academia view their practice as research. As a composer and performer (harpsichord and piano), she engages in practice-led research and in 2011 received an APRA/AMCOS music award, with Dawn Bennett, for a project of newly composed viola and piano music, Australia East & West. In 2011 she was a member of a team awarded an ALTC Innovation and Development Grant into 'e-Portfolios for creative arts students'. Recent publications in several journals, including Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, Higher Education Research & Development, International Journal of Education and the Arts, International Journal of Music Education, have resulted from several of these research interests. She is co-author, with Matthew Hindson and Damian Barbeler, of Music Composition Toolbox (Science Press), a composition text for secondary and lower tertiary students. Diana is a composer, represented by the Australian Music Centre and SOUNZ, published by Wirripang Pty. Ltd., Orpheus Music and Wai-te-ata Music Press, and a performer on harpsichord, piano and toy piano. Recent publications include 'Triptych', settings of war letters; The Cat's Meow for acoustic piano and CD soundbed, a collaborative composition with Adrian Barr (score and CD published by Wirripang Pty. Ltd., 2011). Her work for solo piano, The Travelling Chinese Orchestra, was selected for performance at the 2010 International Society for Contemporary Music, World New Music Days. Ball Games, Squash, Table Tennis, Basketball, were published in 'Wirripang Australian Piano Anthology 2011', Book One, Grades 1-4, in 2011. The Muffin Fiend, a children's opera, was performed at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in 2016. Diana has an interest in Australian writers and has written many songs, setting to music words of David Malouf, Helen Garner, Jocelyn Ortt-Saeed, Tim Malfroy, Robyn Ravlich, Lloyd Jones and Peter Goldsworthy.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, Music, Western Sydney University