Naomi works as a sessional academic at Macquarie University and Western Sydney University teaching choir, vocal studies, popular music studies and music analysis. Naomi also works as a research assistant for various research projects at Macquarie University and undertakes research in her own right. She has recently completed her Ph.D, Sing to me: learning to direct community choirs.

 

Naomi's expertise in the area of choral conducting has been recognised through publications in books, journal articles and conference proceedings. She has presented her research on community choirs both interstate (Hobart, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney) and internationally (Singapore, Brazil, Japan, Scotland and Georgia).

Book chapters

Cooper, N. (in press). Introducing first year music students to the choral experience: skills for lifelong enjoyment and for the portfolio career. In John Encarnacao and Diana Blom (Eds.) Teaching and assessing music performance at university: Beyond the conservatory model.

Cooper, N. (2018). Techniques and tools for music learning in Australian community choirs. In D. Tolmie, M. Cain, B. Bartleet, A. Power and M. Shiobara (Eds.), Community Music in Oceania: Many Voices, One Horizon: University of Hawaii Press.

Cooper, N. (2014). Seeking a 'true' approach for directing non-notation reading choirs: a literature review. In Julie Lunn. and Stephanie Bizjak (Ed.), The Truth is Out There (pp. 78-93). Perth, W.A.: Black Swan Press.

Journal articles

Cooper, N. (2017). Design-based research as an informal learning model for choral conductors. London Review of Education.

Diane Hughes, Veronica Monro, Anne Power, Belinda Lemon-McMahon, Sarah Powell, Naomi Cooper. (2014). Approaches to singing: 'Snapshots' of Australian contexts. Australian Voice, 16, 1-11. 

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Cooper, N. (2016). Becoming a Community Choir Director in Australia in the 21st Century. In M. Cohen (Ed.) Innovation and Change in Community Music: Proceedings of the XV International Seminar of the Commission on Community Music Activity, (pp 15-21), Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cooper, N. (2014). Expert community choir directors in Australia: Strategies for teaching a new song. In M. Cohen (Ed.) CMA XIV: Listening to the world: Proceedings from the International Society for Music Education (ISME) 2014 seminar of the Commission for Community Music Activity, (pp 167-173) Salvador, Brazil.

Cooper, N. (2014). How community choirs learn if they do not sight-read: Profiling community choirs In Australia.In D. Forrest (Ed.) Proceedings of the International Society for Music Education, 31st World Conference on Music Education (ISME 2014), Porto Alegre, Brazil, 20-25 July 2014. International Society for Music Education: Victoria, Australia

Cooper, N. (2013). Impacting communities: Tools and techniques for empowering untrained singers to sing in a group. Redefining the Musical Landscape: Inspired Learning and Innovation in Music Education: Proceedings of the XIX National ASME Conference, 29 September - 1 October 2013, Canberra, Australia. Parkville, Vic.: Australian Society for Music Education.

Cooper, N. (2013). Directing the flow of popular and world musics in community choirs: a learning choral director's perspective. In O. Wilson and S. Attfield (Eds.) Shifting Sounds: Musical Flow: A Collection of Papers from the 2012 IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference. Dunedin, (pp. 34-44). New Zealand: International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

Theses

Cooper, N. (2016). Sing to me: Learning to direct community choirs. (Ph.D), Western Sydney University, Kingswood.

Cooper, N. (2011). Two hands, many voices: Learning to be a choral director. (Bachelor of Music (Honours)), University of Western Sydney, Kingswood.  

 

Conference papers

Cooper, N. (2018). Estonian singing traditions as an impetus for community-building and expressing Estonian cultural heritage in Australia. ISME Community Music Activity Commission. International Seminar, Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

Cooper, N. (2016). Becoming a community choir director in Australia in the 21st Century. ISME Community Music Activity Commission. International Seminar, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cooper, N. (2016). Ways community choir directors in Australia teach. International Society for Music Education International Conference, Glasgow, Scotland.

Lee Higgins, Kathryn Deane, Thomas Johnston, Alicia de Banffy Hall, Don Coffman, Lee Willingham, Kari, Veblen, Naomi Cooper, Maria Shiobara, Magali Klber and Deanna Yerichuk (2016). Community Music Policy Symposium. ISME Community Music Activity Commission. International Seminar, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cooper, N. (2015). Learning to direct community choirs in Australia. Asia Pacific Community Music Network Seminar, Tokyo, Japan.

Cooper, N. (2015). Community choir singing: ways choir directors teach. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Diane Hughes, Veronica Monro, Liz Pascoe and Naomi Cooper (2015). Celebrating communities of musical practice: Group singing, pedagogies and creative opportunities. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Diane Hughes, Veronica Monro, Anne Power, Belinda Lemon-McMahon, Sarah Powell, Naomi Cooper. (2014). Why sing? Multidimensional approaches to the singing voice. International Society for Music Education International Conference, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Cooper, N. (2013). Community choral educators: aural transmission, visual transmission and physical transmission approaches. In Mrs Rebecca Chew and Dr Lum Chee Hoo (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th Asia-Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research (APSMER) - Arts Education Conference 2013 (AEC), Singapore, 17 - 19 July 2013.

 


 

 

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