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Dr. Peter McKenzie

PhD, MLrnMng, GDLrnTch, BJazz
Lecturer / Head of Course - Music
School of Education and the Arts
Creative Arts Research Training Academy (CARTA)
Mackay Ooralea
Building 22 - G.05
Central Queensland Conservatorium
About Me

Dr Peter McKenzie is the Head of Music at CQUniversity. Since 2009, Peter has taught woodwind, improvisation, music theory, history and music pedagogy units in the Bachelor of Music. Peter has extensive experience in designing undergraduate music units and content within the Bachelor of Music course. In 2017, Peter was awarded the Student Voice Award for "Educator of the Year" and in 2021, received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Practice in Learning and Teaching. As a performer, Peter is an accomplished saxophonist and his experience ranges from classical, jazz and contemporary music. He has performed throughout Australia and the USA and has shared the stage with a number of major artists including Don Rader, James Morrison, Bob Franceschini, Wilbur Wilde, Vince Jones, Guy Sebastian, John Riley,  James Sherlock, Mike Price, Katie Noonan and The Idea of North to name a few.

Peter completed his Masters in Learning and Teaching researching approaches to teaching beginner jazz improvisation. The research investigated the suitability of compositions for learning how to improvise and explored various teaching methods. Peter has travelled throughout regional Australia, delivering workshops to students and high school teachers on how to approach improvisation from a variety of musical backgrounds.

In 2020, Peter completed his PhD on the development of regional jazz communities in Northern Australia. This research investigated how two regional cities in North Queensland developed and sustained their jazz communities from diverse performance, sociological, educational and governmental factors. The research produced a series of practical recommendations for arts communities to adopt to further develop music in their region.

Universities Studied At


Universities Worked At

CQUniversity Rockhampton Campus (2009-2013)

Mackay Campus (2014-present)


2017 Student Evaluation Educator of the Year Award

2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Practice in Learning and Teaching (Tier 1)

Previous teaching

Education Queensland (2007-2008)

Professional Memberships

Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (CQ RASN)

Regional Arts Development Fund Committee Member (RADF)

International Society of Music Education Member (ISME)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3603 Music
  • 3604 Performing arts
  • 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Master of Education
Finding your mix: Analysing pedagogies for developing the mix voice in young adult female music theatre performers.
Associate Supervisor
Master of Research
"But I'm not Musical"
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests

Specialist Studies in Education - Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Music Performance

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