Dr Tony Lewis

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

Tony Lewis


Tony has been a professional in musical creative practice since 1975 and has been lecturing in music at tertiary level since 1988. His academic area falls within the discipline of ethnomusicology, although he takes an analytical approach to the discipline, rather than a socio-anthropological approach.


PhD (ethnomusicology), University of Sydney
BA Honours (1st class) (ethnomusicology), University of New England
BA, University of New England

Teaching Areas

Classical music of North India
Aural Skills

Research Interests

Music of Baluan Island, Papua New Guinea
Music of Africa
Structural analysis in non-western music forms


Lewis, Tony. (Forthcoming 2017). Becoming a Garamut Player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea: Musical Analysis as a Pathway to Learning. SOAS Musicology Series. London: Routledge.

Lewis, Tony. (2016). “The Evolution of Polpolot: Innovation and Continuity in a Baluan Song Form.” Malaysian Music Journal 5(1) (June 2016): 1-21. http://mmj.upsi.edu.my/index.php/mmj-vol-5-no-1

Lewis, Tony. (2016). “Ethnomusicology, World Music and Analysis in African Music.” Australasian Review of African Studies 37(1) (June 2016): 95-117. http://afsaap.org.au/assets/vol37no1june2016_lewis_pp95-117.pdf

Lewis, Tony. (2015). “Taporak’s Travels. Paths of Transmission of a Piece of Music from a Remote Island Repertoire.” Journal of World Popular Music 2(1) (May 2015): 42-63. http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/JWPM/index

Lewis, Tony. (2015). Manus Diaboli for five recorders (duration 16:30). Orpheus Music (OMP261). http://www.orpheusmusic.com.au/sextets/7899-manus-diaboli.html

Lewis, Tony. (2014). “Garamut (7).” In The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, ed. Laurence Libin, vol. 2, p. 394. 2nd ed. 5 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


International Council for Traditional Music
Society for Ethnomusicology
Musicological Society of Australia
African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific