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