MSA Diversity Resource List

Resources for Diversifying Music Curriculum, Concert Programming, and Music Research

The Musicological Society of Australia is collecting links to web resources that will be useful to those wanting to strengthen the inclusivity of their research, teaching, and concert programming.

Below you will find links to repertoire lists, co-design protocols, discussion groups, sample syllabi, databases and more. There are many similar lists online, and with this there is always a risk of information overload, so please do simply treat this list as a starting point in a larger process of engagement with the possibilities of genuine structural change.

If you come across a web resource not listed here that you think would be useful to others, or would like to provide an annotation for a resource listed here to contribute to the page, please let us know (email

Thank you to those who have contributed to the list already (named below)!

Curriculum Resources

Undergraduate Course Syllabi

Concert/Recital Programming (some of these databases are organised by instrument)

School Resources (K-12)

Co-Design Protocols for Music Research and Cultural Collections

  • National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia (NRPIPA) 
    • NRPIPA vision is to foster a supportive network of performers, scholars, allied professionals and community stakeholders who are committed to assisting Indigenous Australians to record, document and securely archive their endangered traditions of music and dance, and to apply these unique resources to strategic innovations in business, information technologies, the arts, education, research, governance, health and beyond.
  • Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)
    • PARADISEC digitises and archives records of the many small languages of the world, working to ensure that the archive can provide access to interested communities and conforms to international standards for digital archiving. PARADISEC holds 15,700 hours of audio recordings and 2,600 hours of video recordings that might otherwise have been lost. These recordings are of performance, narrative, singing, and other oral tradition. This amounts to over 200 terabytes, and represents 1,350 languages, mainly from the Pacific region.

Research Resources

  • Ngara – listen here – hear, learn
    • Ngara is a resource created for HDR students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. Structured around six interconnected themes, it invites students to listen to Indigenous ways of thinking, learning and understanding culture. It introduces the ideas of key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars and their Indigenous research methodologies; understanding of Country; how to position oneself in research; the “cultural interface” (Nakata 2007); cultural protocols; and the “right of reply” to archives holding records of Indigenous peoples and cultures.
  • Reclaiming Performance Under Assimilation
    • Reclaiming Performance Under Assimilation is a collaborative project funded as an Australian Research Council Discovery Project. It has uncovered a largely hidden and dispersed history of ongoing Aboriginal cultural engagement, political mobilisation, and reclamation through performance. Explore visualisations of our research on these pages, including network maps showing the interconnectedness of performance networks, timelines, and mapping of events and places. The visualisations show networks of events and Indigenous performers in the southeast of Australia, and also show how these groups were connected with Aboriginal performers in the continent’s far north.
  • True Echoes:
    • True Echoes is a research project that is reconnecting a rich archive of early sound recordings of Oceanic cultures with the communities from which they originate. True Echoes is working with cultural and research institutions in the region and in the UK to enhance the visibility and accessibility of these collections, ensuring that they are catalogued in ways that are accessible to the communities whose heritage they represent. This website aims to showcase the recordings and the research that has been undertaken between 2019 and 2022.
  • Australharmony
    • An online resource toward the early history of music in colonial Australia

List Contributors:

John Gabriel

Emily Dolan

Amanda Hsieh

Louise Devenish

Cecilia Sun

Amanda Harris

Michael Hooper

Sarah Collins

Hannah Lee Tungate

Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

Chris Stover

Cathy Grant

Denis Collins