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Dr. Peter McKenzie

PhD, MLrnMng, GDLrnTch, BJazz
Senior 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

Peter is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Music at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM). For over 15 years, Peter has taught woodwind, improvisation, music theory and music pedagogy in the tertiary sector. Peter has extensive experience in curriculum development for undergraduate music programs and along with the staff at CQCM, has shown commitment to on-campus and online music education. 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.

A passionate educator, Peter travels throughout regional Australia, delivering workshops to both students and teachers on a variety of musical skills including improvisation, technique and ensemble development.

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.

His research interests include:

  • Regional music community development
  • Music curriculum development
  • Improvisation for beginners

Peter is an active supervisor for both Master’s and PhD students in both the Creative Arts and Education.

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

Board member for the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician (CEPROM)

International Society of Music Education Member (ISME)

Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (CQ RASN)

Regional Arts Development Fund Committee Member (RADF)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3604 Performing arts
  • 3603 Music
  • 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 Research
The retrospective teacher-parent experience: A grounded theory study on the processes, relationship and influence that private music teachers experienced when educating their own children.
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Integrated Minorisation: A Paradigm for Contemporary Electric Bass Guitar Improvisation
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Oral health promotion practice amongst vulnerable groups in Queensland.
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Social Engineering – Building Bridges for Emerging Communities to Promote Cultural Inclusion and Harmony using Creative & Performing Arts
Principal Supervisor
Master of Education
Shining a light on Martin Wesley-Smith: Interpreting vocal works through collaboration in the recording studio
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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