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Joanne Ruksenas

PhD Candidate, Music and Public Health, Griffith University

My research examines how active engagement with music effects the development of resilience in preschool children. I am a classroom and studio music teacher in mainstream and special education. I am particularly interested in how and why people engage with music (or not) and the impact this has on their lives.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Music and Public Health , Griffith University


  • 2009 
    GradDipEd, University of Queensland
  • 2006 
    BAPsych(Hons), University of Queensland
  • 2005 
    BScNeurosciences, University of Queensland


  • 2013
    Singing as Resilience: The Missing Link in Education?, Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Voice Teachers, 196-201.
  • 2012
    The benefits of music classes for preschoolers: The ABC of do re mi., Bulletin of the International Kodaly Society, 12(1), 19-26.