Dr Alan Anderson

Lecturer in Music - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Alan Anderson

Phone: +61 02 6773 5781

Email: aander30@une.edu.au


Dr Alan Anderson is a lecturer in music. He currently teaches in the areas of popular music studies, fundamentals of music technology, song writing for contemporary performance, and foundation studies in music performance. Alan has supervised Higher Degree Research (HDR) students to completion on projects investigating the impact of music technology on popular music performance, composition and recording. In addition, he has worked with cross-institutional research teams on distance e-learning projects involving TAFE colleges, Universities and the School of The Air in rural and remote areas of Australia.


BA (Contemporary Music) Hons, MEd, PhD

Teaching Areas

Popular Music
Fundamentals of Music Technology
Songwriting for Contemporary Performance
Foundation Studies in Music Performance.


Selected Publications


Crump Stephen James, Twyford Kylie Ann, Anderson Alan Johnston, Towers Lorraine, Devlin Brian, Hutchinson Amy, ‘Opening Our Eyes: Project Report: Australian Research Council Linkage Project on Interactive Distance eLearning', Australian Research Council, 32, 2009, [R1]

Book Chapter

Ellis, A. & Anderson, A. J. 2009, A snapshot of professional doctorates in Australia. In Miller, P & Marchant, T. (Eds) 2009, Professional Doctorate Research in Australia: Commentary and Case Studies from Business, Education and Indigenous Studies, Southern Cross University Press, Lismore. ISBN 978-1-87585-70-4.

Journal Articles

Anderson, A. J., Barham, N & Northcote M. 2013, Using the TPACK framework to unite disciplines in online learning, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29 (4), 548-565.

Twyford K, Crump S and Anderson A. 2009, Satellite lessons: Vocational education and training for isolated communities. Rural Society - Sea Changes, Tree Changes and Bush Lessons: Post-compulsory education and rural renewal. Rural Society Journal (ISSN 1037-1656) Volume 19 Issue 2.

Anderson, A. & Ellis, A. 2005, Desktop video-assisted music teaching and learning: new opportunities for design and delivery, Colloquium, British Journal of Educational Technology, 36 (5) 915–917.

Anderson, A. & Fitzgerald, J.  2002, A way to explore the concept of Rhythm Hooks in Popular Music: Burns’ (1987) Rhythm HooksCategory Applied to Top 40 Hits by The Police, Victorian Journal of Music Education.

Anderson, A. J. & Ellis, A. 2001, Using Desktop Video to Enhance Music Instruction. Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 17(3), 279-294.

Anderson, A. J. & Geake, J. 2000, The Value of Itinerant Instrumental Teachers in Regional Communities. Australian Journal of Music Education, 1, 17-29.

Refereed conference papers

Lounsbury, L., Mildenhall, P., Bolton, D., Northcote, M., & Anderson, A. (2015). Higher education students' use of technologies for assessment within Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). In T. Reiners, B.R. von Konsky, D. Gibson, V. Chang, L. Irving, & K. Clarke (Eds.), Globally connected, digitally enabled. Proceedings ascilite 2015 in Perth (pp. 190-203).

Anderson, A. 2012, Over a decade of promising pedagogical models and technology for music teaching: Can the past still reliably guide the future? Future Challenges Sustainable Futures, 25 - 28 November 2012, Proceedings ascilite2012, Wellington, New Zealand.

Anderson, A. J. & Date-Huxtable, E. M. 2011, 'ICT-assisted multi-campus teaching: Principles and practice to impact equity of experience for students', Changing Demands, Changing Directions. Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011, Hobart (2011) [E1]

Anderson, A. J. & Barham, N. 2010, 'Blended learning: Commonalities in practice across a multidiscipline group of online learning facilitators', Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline. Proceedings of the University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium, 2010, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E1]

Anderson, A. 2008, Music lessons via satellite, ACEC’08, full refereed paper in the Proceedings of the Australian Council for Computers in Education Conference, 29 September – 2 October 2008. National Convention Centre,  Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Twyford K, Anderson A and Smyth D. 2009, Interactive Distance e-learning for Isolated Communities: VET Delivery in NSW. 25th Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia National Rural Education Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 8-10 July.

Devlin, B, Feraud, P, Anderson, A. J. 2008, IDL technology and connectedness, Proceedings of The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia Conference, The Mobile Generation, Melbourne, Australia, 27-29 August 2008.

Anderson, A. 2006, What's the Web doing for Audio Engineers?, Proceedings of AusWeb06, The Twelfth Australasian World Wide Web Conference, Noosa Resort, QLD, from 2nd to 6th July 2006.

Anderson, A. & Ellis, A. 2003, An Action Research and Learning Approach to the Implementation of Web-supported Music Instruction, in M.Astorio, A. Ellis, & R. Hall (eds) Proceedings of NAWeb03, Ninth International North American Web-based Learning Conference, pp1-12, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

Anderson, A. J. Ellis, A. Fitzgerald, J. 2004, A Web and videoconference-supported music teaching initiative, The University of New Brunswick, Canada, October 16 – 19, 2004.


Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Australian Society for Music Education

External Profiles

Further Information

Alan has interdisciplinary expertise having lectured in the social sciences, teaching and learning, as well as in music at several universities. Prior to and periodically during his academic career, Alan has worked as a drummer performing with various bands across the genres of Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Jazz, Country, Folk and Rock Musical Theatre. He has performed on television and radio shows, and backed artists such as Kirk Lorange, Allan Caswell, Stan Coster, Ray Arnott, and Garry Sterling. Alan has recorded with musicians such as Beau Young, Matthew Potger and former colleague Rob Burns (whose industry credits include having performed with Pete Townsend, Eric Burdon, and on TV shows such as Red Dwarf, Blackadder and Mr Bean). As an undergraduate during the early 1990s at UNE-NR then SCU, Alan studied under and occasionally performed with Jim Kelly, Greg Lyon, Tony Buchanan and Steve Hopes (of Australian jazz fusion band Crossfire) Valerie Tamblyn-Mills, and in workshops with visiting artists such as Jan Preston, Iva Davies, and Jeff Baxter of the Doobie Brothers.