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Associate Professor Jonathan McIntosh

Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5041, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.254
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 5041
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.254  


Jonathan is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • MUS4213 - Research Preparation
  • MUS4116 - Research Project


Jonathan was educated at Queen's University Belfast, UK, in ethnomusicology, music (flute performance) and social anthropology. His research focuses on issues of identity, movement and music in ethnomusicology and anthropology. He has conducted fieldwork on music and dance pedagogy, popular music and children’s songs in Bali, Indonesia, since 2003. He is an accomplished exponent of the Balinese arts, specialising in gamelan music (gamelan gong kebyar) and traditional mask-dance (topeng) performance.

He held lectureships in ethnomusicology at The University of Western Australia (2006–2013) and Monash University (2014–2019) before coming to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, in 2019. He has received numerous teaching awards, including a citation for outstanding contributions to student learning through the Australian Awards for University Teaching (2017). In 2019, he was elected President of the Musicological Society of Australia.

Professional associations

  • 2005-present – British Forum of Ethnomusicology (Member)
  • 2005-present – Society for Ethnomusicology (Member)
  • 2007-present – International Council for Traditional Music (Member)
  • 2008-present – Musicological Society of Australia (Member)

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2017 - Australian Government, Department of Education and Training. Award for University Teaching. Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning – Individual.
  • 2017 - Monash University. Fellowship of the Monash Education Academy – Individual
  • 2016 - Monash University. Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, Special Commendation – Individual
  • 2015 - Monash University. Faculty of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence – Individual
  • 2013 - The University of Western Australia. Faculty of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence – Individual
  • 2009 - 2010 - The University of Western Australia. Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence – Individual, Early Career


  • 2015 - Monash University. Monash Teacher Accelerator Award
  • 2002 - 2005 - Queen’s University Belfast Postgraduate Study Scholarship, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • 2001 - Sir Hamilton Harty Music Bursary for Performance Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Research areas and interests

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Popular Music and Culture
  • Dance Anthropology
  • Intercultural Arts
  • Creative Arts Performance as Research

Jonathan welcomes applications from potential honours and postgraduate students interested in working on music, identity, performance, place, diaspora, ethnography, ethnomusicology, dance, Asian performing arts, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Bali, popular music and culture, applied ethnomusicology and community music-making. He has also supervised Western art music and ethnomusicology students focusing on the topic of ‘performance as research’.

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