Peer-reviewed publications

Canham, N. L. (2016). Making mavericks: Preparing musicians for independent artistic culture. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education15(3-4), 407-413.

Canham, N. L., and Lopez Charles, C. (2016) An evolving collaboration: Performer and Composer approaches to creating visual music. Sonic Ideas.

Ballantyne, J., Canham, N., & Barrett, M. S. (2015). Facilitating Dissonance:  Implications for Social Justice in Music Teacher Education.  In L. C. DeLorenzo (Ed.) Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education: Diversity and Social Justice in the Classroom. New York: Routledge.

Doctoral thesis

Canham, N. (2016).  Kindred Spirits:  The beliefs, values, work and learning of independent classical artists (doctoral thesis).  The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.

Conference presentations and keynote talks

2016 Peggy Glanville Hicks Address – Australia’s most prestigious public lecture on the state of new music.  Presented for the New Music Network in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Canham, N. (July, 2016). Educating 21st century professional musicians: Bridging the knowing-doing divide. Paper presented at the 32nd World Conference of the International Society of Music Educators (ISME), Glasgow.

Canham, N. (July, 2015). Being an independent 21st century musician: differentiation, connection, convergence and transformation. Paper presented at the 10th Asia-Pacific Symposium for Education Research (APSMER), Hong Kong.

Barrett, M. S., Canham, N. and Ballantyne, J. (July, 2015).  Stepping stones: pre-service music teachers on the pathway to expertise.  Paper presented at the 10th Asia-Pacific Symposium for Education Research, Hong Kong.

Canham, N. (March, 2015). Makers versus masters: pathways to new creative domains for developing artists. Paper presented at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference, London.

Barrett, M. S., Canham, N. and Ballantyne, J. (November, 2014).  Fostering musical openmindedness:  student musicians’ perceptions of their involvement in a community based classical music performance.  Paper presented at the World Alliance of Arts Educators (WAAE) Conference, Brisbane.

Canham, N. (2013, April). Permutations: Digital technology and distributed creativity in artistic practice. Paper presented at the Performance Studies Network International Conference, Cambridge.

Canham, N., & Lopez Charles, C. (May, 2013). An evolving collaboration: performer and composer approaches to creating visual music. Paper presented at the Journées Infomatique Musicales, Paris.

Canham, N.  (2011).  Democracy vs Creativity in Australian Classical Music.  Currency House Press:  Sydney.

2009 Churchill Fellowship Research project: The Positive Impact of the Arts in Diverse Communities. 122 interviews conducted in the USA, Canada, France, Belgium, the UK, Mexico, Venezuela and Australia. The report is available at:

Non-traditional research outputs


Premiere of Glass Feathers, by Monty Adkins for tarogato and electronics.  Churchill Fellows Convention, ACT.


Concert performances as part of the 19th Peggy Glanville Hicks address, performing works by Monty Adkins at Carriageworks, Sydney, Carlos Lopez Charles at Edge theatre, Melbourne, and the premiere of a new work by Cissi Tsang commissioned by Decibel, and performed with Decibel at the State Library, Perth.


Concert performances (3) at the Canberra International Music Festival.


International:  World premiere, Points, Lines, Plane.  Journées Infomatique Musicales, Paris, France.


Recital of Australian works for clarinet and piano with Mitchell Leigh, University of Queensland Music at Lunchtime Series.

Commissions:  New works commissioned and performed/recorded by Elena Kats-Chernin, Rodrigo Sigal, Carlos Lopez Charles, Drew Crawford.

International:  World premiere of Hourglass, an immersive multimedia concert performance involving a team of Australian and Mexican artists.  Performances at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico.

Concert performance and competition jury panel member, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Escuela Nacional de Musica Clarinet Festival, Mexico.

Artist in residence, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.  Guest researcher working on a collaborative project between composers, performers and video artists.  Study Day Lecture presentation “Beautiful Distortions” and concert performance.  Cambridge, UK.