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Frederic Kiernan

Research Fellow, Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative, The University of Melbourne

Frederic Kiernan is an early career Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne whose work examines the relationship between music, creativity, emotion and wellbeing, both presently and in the past. He is a specialist on the music of Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745) and his PhD thesis (2019), titled 'The Figure of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745) in the History of Emotions' won the University of Melbourne's Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis (2020). He has examined Zelenka's music from different theoretical perspectives in historical musicology, reception study, music psychology and the history and sociology of emotion. He has also focused on the area of creativity and wellbeing, and is currently a Research Fellow and Academic Convenor of the Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative (CAWRI) at the University of Melbourne. He recently co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Wellbeing on the theme of 'creativity and wellbeing', as well as a special issue of Musicology Australia titled 'Zelenka, Bach and the Eighteenth-century German Baroque: Essays in Honour of Janice B. Stockigt'. He is currently the National Secretary of the Musicological Society of Australia.


  • 2019–present
    Research fellow, Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative, The University of Melbourne
  • 2018–2021
    Lecturer, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2019
    Assistant lecturer, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
  • 2010–2015
    Tutor, The University of Melbourune


  • 2019 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2014 
    The University of Melbourne, Master of Music
  • 2008 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Endeavour Research Fellowship
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government