Dr Georgia Pike-Rowney

BA (ANU), GradDipEd (Monash), PhD (ANU)
Friends' Lecturer and Curator, ANU Classics Museum, Centre for Classical Studies, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Classical Studies

History of Arts Education

Music for Health and Wellbeing

Music Pedagogy and Teacher Training

Transdisciplinary Research


Dr Georgia Pike-Rowney is the Friends' Lecturer and Curator of the ANU Classics Museum. Georgia is a researcher and practitioner focussing on the role of the arts in education and health and wellbeing, from a historical perspective as well as in current practice. Georgia completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Law and Classics at the Australian National University (2006), under the tutelage of Prof. Elizabeth Minchin (also previous Curator of the Classics Museum). This was followed by a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education through Monash University (2009) majoring in History and Studies of Society and Environment.

Georgia was Convenor of the Music Engagement Program (MEP) at the ANU School of Music from 2011-2018.  She graduated with her doctoral thesis in 2017, under the supervision of Dr West and Prof. Minchin, which developed a transdisciplinary framework encompassing classical studies, etymology, pedagogy, philosophy, and the origins of music in human society, for application to the everyday practice of music in classrooms and communities. In 2018 the MEP became a private organisation, of which Georgia is Co-Director with Dr West. Georgia's research shifted to the College of Health and Medicine from 2018-2022, where she undertook a range of research roles and fellowships within the ANU Medical School and the Centre for Mental Health Research. Her research during this period included projects concerning mental health peer work, medical education, and the impacts of music outreach on people living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. In 2022 Georgia returned to the Centre for Classical Studies as Friends' Lecturer and Curator of the ANU Classics Museum, funded through the philanthropic support of the Friends of the ANU Classics Museum. This role involves the development of new outreach and education programs for teachers, students and communities across the ACT and further afield.

In 2016 Georgia was presented with a Children's Week Award by the Governor General of Australia for her work with Cranleigh School, a specialist school for children living with disabilities. A guest seminar at the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (2017) led to her appointment as External Examiner to the University of Aberdeen's Community Music degree (2018-2020). In 2020 Georgia won a Research Fellowship with the National Library of Australia, exploring the community singing movement in interwar Australia (completed in 2022). In 2022 she is collaborating with colleagues at the ANU School of Music and the Royal College of Music (London) on an International Network for Musical Care, involving practitioners and researchers from across the globe in inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural sharing and development.

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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