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Andrea Emberly

Dr Andrea Emberly

Honorary Research Fellow
Academic Staff (Music)

Contact details
Academic Staff (Music)
The University of Western Australia (M413)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2051
BMus Alberta, MMus Ill.State, MA PhD Wash.
Ph.D. (Ethnomusicology), University of Washington
M.A. (Ethnomusicology), University of Washington
MMus, Illinois State University
BMus, University of Alberta

Andrea Emberly recently completed her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in 2009 where she focused on the musical cultures of childhood in Venda and Pedi cultures in Limpopo, South Africa. Her dissertation explores the intersections of local, national and global influences on children’s musical cultures including community music making, handclapping games, school music curriculums and television programs. She conducted field research in South Africa from 2005-2007 and recently returned to South Africa in 2009 to collect additional research as a part of the Communicative Human Musicality Project at the University of Western Australia.

Andrea is from Alberta, Canada and came to the University of Western Australia in September 2009. In her former life she studied classical trumpet performance at the University of Alberta and Illinois State University. She was inspired to shift her focus to ethnomusicology and now enjoys learning new handclapping games from the around the world and watching Bert and Ernie sing songs in different languages.
Key research
Andrea’s research interests include the study of children’s music with special regard to children’s musical cultures in South Africa. Her work explores the study of children’s cultures and the role children can take as researchers and participants in academic research projects. Andrea is interested in children’s ethnographies and teaching children to use video and photographic equipment to record and document their own musical histories. In addition, Andrea has also conducted research on the use of music in children’s “edutainment”, specifically the program Sesame Street and its South African version Takalani Sesame.
2010Forthcoming. “From the Kraal to the Classroom: Shifting Musical Arts Practices from the Community to the School with Special Reference to Learning Tshigombela in Limpopo, South Africa.” International Journal for Research in Music Education.

2010 Forthcoming. “Venda Children’s Musical Cultures in Limpopo, South Africa.” In Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures. Trevor Wiggins and Patricia Campbell, eds. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

2010Forthcoming. Jane Davidson and Andrea Emberly. “Embodied Musical Communication: Singing, Dancing and Musical Instrument Playing for Wellbeing Impact.” In Music, Health and Wellbeing. L. Mitchell and R. MacDonald, eds. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

2010 Forthcoming. Book Review: Musical Sense and Meaning: An Indigenous African Perception by Meki Nzewi, Israel Anyahuru, and Tom Ohiaraumunna in The World of Music.

2010 “Children’s Music from the Limpopo Province, South Africa.” Ethnomusicological Video for Instruction and Analysis Digital Archive (EVIADA) video annotations, analyses and metadata. Peer-reviewed and presented in accessible streaming online format for teaching and research. Joint effort of Indiana University and University of Michigan. To be accessed at

2009“Mandela went to China … and India too”: Musical Cultures of Childhood in South Africa. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington.

2004“Examining the Study of Children’s Musical Culture in Ethnomusicology.”
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

Honours and awards
Aluka Award for Innovative Teaching in African Studies (2008).
Ethnomusicological Video for Instruction and Analysis Digital Archive Fellowship, Indiana University (2008).
The Graduate School Travel Fellowship for Excellence and Innovation, University of Washington (2003, 2008).
Huckabay Teaching Fellowship (2007/2008).
Doctoral Fellowship – Social Science and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (2005-2007).
Irvine Fellowship, University of Washington (2004).
Chester Fritz Fellowship for International Study (2003).
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grants (2003, 2005).
Milner Music Fellowship, University of Washington (2002).
Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Academic Scholarship (2000).
Useful links
Callaway Centre Archive, Blacking Collection Project:

Callaway Centre Archive, Communicative Human Musicality Project:

Evia Digital Archives:

Society for Ethnomusicology:
Current projects
Andrea is working as a part of the Communicative Human Musicality Project focusing on Venda children’s music and revisiting the work of John Blacking.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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