Dr Georgia Pike

BA (ANU), GradDipEd (Monash), PhD (ANU)
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing
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, I regularly collaborate 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 project, collaborating with researchers from Charles Sturt University, Otago University and the Southern Institute of Technology, surveying whole-year cohorts of students at a High School in Invercargill, NZ, all of whom attend a number of intergenerational singing outreach visits to a local aged-care facility.  The students are surveyed to assess the impact on their mental health, wellbeing and sense of belonging and agency within their community. She is also 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 Bachelor of Arts majoring in Law and Classics at the ANU (2006), a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education through Monash University (2009), and graduated with a PhD 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.  She specialises in developing unique cross-disciplinary professional development workshops for teachers, health practitioners and students. 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 significant disabilities.

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