Dr Georgia Pike

BA (ANU), GradDipEd (Monash), PhD (ANU)
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Mental Health Research, and Postdoctoral Fellow, ANU Medical School
College of Health & Medicine
T: +61 410 274 178

Research interests

Intergenerational Music in Communities

Music and Ageing

Music in Health and Wellbeing

Music Pedagogy and Teacher Training

History of Music Education

Transdisciplinary Research

Music in Human and Social Development


Georgia's research focusses on the interdisciplinary space of music, community and wellbeing. With a background in the Arts, Education and the Humanities, she regularly collaborates with researchers and practitioners in mental health, ageing, occupational therapy, education and medicine. Current projects include: a longitudinal study of teachers' wellbeing and agency through professional development with the Music Engagement Program, collaborating with Lillian Smyth of the ANU Medical School; Evaluation of the impact of the Music Engagement Program approaches to individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in a residential care facility; an international Australia – New Zealand collaboration with researchers from Charles Sturt University, Otago University and the Southern Institute of Technology, exploring the impact of outreach singing on the wellbeing of high school students in Invercargill, NZ. She continues her music outreach practice in 2020 through collaborations with community groups and schools, developing online opportunities for singing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020 Georgia is also working with Dr Michelle Banfield, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sydney, to evaluate a NSW Health peer worker mental health initiative. She is also completing a postdoctoral research project with the ANU Medical School's Medical Education Research Hub, exploring the impact of COVID-19 and online learning on the teaching of non-verbal communication skills. Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, Georgia also won a 2020 National Library of Australia Research Fellowship, focussing on the community singing movement of interwar Australia. Georgia is a committee member of the Australia New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, an Early Career Fellow of University House at ANU, and an External Examiner to the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. 

Georgia spent a year in New York training in voice with Susan Burghardt Diamond and Claire Alexander (former voice coach to Frank Sinatra) and studied at the Institute of Music and Health with founder Dr John Diamond (2002).  She completed a B.Arts majoring in Law and Classics at the ANU (2006), a Grad. Dip. Ed. through Monash University (2009), and graduated with a Ph.D in 2017, also at the ANU.  Her thesis developed a transdisciplinary framework encompassing history, ancient world studies, etymology, pedagogy, philosophy, and the origins of music in human society, for application to the everyday practice of music in classrooms and communities. Georgia convened the Music Engagement Program (MEP) at the ANU School of Music from 2011-2018, now privately run by Georgia and founder of the MEP, Dr Susan West. In 2016 Georgia was presented with a Children's Week Award by the Governor General of Australia for her work with children living with disabilities. 

Current student projects

Katrina Rivera is a PhD candidate at the ANU Medical School. Her thesis will interrogate disciplinary assumptions and examine the relationship between music performance anxiety and music education. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in piano performance from the Australian National University (2013), and a Master of Teaching in secondary music from the University of New England (2018). Outside her studies, Katrina works in Canberra as a piano teacher and an accompanist.

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