Professor David Forrest is Professor of Music Education in the School’s of Education and Art at RMIT University.
David’s current research projects are: ARC Linkage (2008–2010) with Mr LJ Harvey on The spatial ensemble: scaling instrumental resonance and morphology for spatialised performance (including 3 APAIs); National Teaching Standards for Music Educators through the Australian Society for Music Education; Australian music in the curriculum (2009), School of Education; and, Music in preservice primary education: National developments (2009) with Dr Neryl Jeanneret, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.
A large amount of David’s work has been focused on the development and implementation of policy in music and arts education, at the state, national and international levels. He has pursued ongoing research on the Russian composer and educator Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904–87). This work integrates his ongoing research interests in educational philosophy, musicology, music for children, and piano music. The Kabalevsky work has informed his study into the philosophy and practical place of music and the arts in the school curriculum as well as the importance of music for children (as performers and as members of an audience).
2009 The Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria, Outstanding Professional Service Award
2006 Inaugural Fellow of the Australian Society for Music Education (FASME)
David divides his time between the School of Education and the School of Art.
In the School of Education he works with a number of higher degree research students across music and arts education, creative arts therapy, and ICT in education. He is a member of the School Executive and the Research and Higher Degree Committee.
In the School of Art he manages and teaches into the MA (Arts Management) and supervises a group of research students.
Dip Music Ed Newcastle, Diploma State Conservatorium Sydney
B.Music Ed Newcastle, M Creative Arts Wollongong
Dip TEFL Edinburgh
Association of Music Educators (Victoria)
Australian Association of Research in Education
Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education
Australian Society for Music Education
International Society for Music Education
Music Council of Australia
Musicological Society of Australia
Member, Education Panel (Victoria), Churchill Fellowships
Publications Editor & National Executive Member, Australian Society for Music Education
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Artistic and Creative Education
Member, Editorial Board, Creative Approaches to Research, RMIT Publishing
Member, Editorial Committee, International Journal of Music Education
Member, Editorial Board, Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education
- Watson, A.,Forrest, D. (2014). Performance reviews for the orchestral musician In: Australian Journal of Music Education, 1, 94 - 102
- Jeanneret, N.,Forrest, D. (2014). Policy and practice: Acknowledging diverse communities In: Proceedings of the 17th Biennial International Seminar of the Commission on Music Policy: Culture, Education, and Media, Natal, Brazil, 16-18 July 2014
- Forrest, D. (2013). The relationship of art and education for the development of society: reconsidering Kabalevsky's contribution In: International Journal of Arts Education, 7, 25 - 36
- Forrest, D.,Watson, A. (2013). Making community music: Youth music programs in Australia. In: Proceedings of the 9th Asia-Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research (APSMER) - Arts Education Conference 2013 (AEC), Singapore, 17 - 19 July, 2013
- Watson, A.,Forrest, D. (2013). The arts in the Australian curriculum and its influence on students: daily living in the community In: Proceedings of the 9th Asia-Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research (APSMER) - Arts Education Conference 2013 (AEC), Singapore, 17 - 19 July, 2013
- Watson, A.,Forrest, D. (2013). Supporting the business of making music In: Redefining the musical landscape: Inspired learning and innovation in music education. XIX National Conference Proceedings, Canberra, Australia, 29 September - 1 October, 2013
- Forrest, D.,Jeanneret, N. (2012). Transparency of policy development: Issues from an Australian perspective In: Proceedings of ISME 2012 Commission on Music Policy: Cultural, Education, and Media, Athens, Greece, 5-8 July 2012
- Watson, A.,Forrest, D. (2012). Live music and the bands culture in Victoria, Australia: An exploratory study of education for the professional musician In: Proceedings of the 19th International Seminar of the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician - Educating Professional Musicians in a Global Context, Athens, Greece, 10-13 July 2012
- Comte, M.,Forrest, D. (2012). Community arts in Australia: An overview In: Community Arts, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Australia
- Watson, A.,Forrest, D. (2012). The bands culture in Victoria, Australia: live music benefits career paths, employment and community In: Australian Journal of Music Education, 2, 71 - 81
- Agile Opera: chamber opera in a new era. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2013 from (2013 to 2016)
- The spatial ensemble: scaling instrumental resonance and morphology for spatialised performance. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2008 Round 1 from (2008 to 2011)
- AHURI Top-Up Scholarship - Tammy Wong: The City as a Curated Space: Towards the Creative City. Funded by: AHURI Top-Up Scholarship (part of the National Housing research Program) from (2008 to 2011)
24 PhD Completions and 5 Masters by Research Completions6 PhD Current Supervisions and 3 Masters by Research Current Supervisions