Georgia Pike is the Convenor of the Music Engagement Program at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. A singer, educator, community outreach facilitator and transdisciplinary researcher, Georgia spent a year in New York training in voice with Susan Burghardt Diamond and Claire Alexander (former voice coach to Frank Sinatra) and studied at the Institute of Music and Health with founder Dr John Diamond (2002). She completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Law and Classics at the ANU (2006), a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education through Monash University (2009), and submitted her doctoral thesis in September 2016, also at the ANU. Her thesis developed a transdisciplinary framework encompassing history, ancient world studies, etymology, pedagogy, philosophy, and the origins of music in human society, for application to the everyday practice of music in classrooms and communities. She specialises in developing unique cross-disciplinary professional development workshops for teachers and students. Georgia has presented at International conferences across Europe, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. One such presentation resulted in the Program’s inclusion in the United Nations Compendium of Music as a Natural Resource (2013 and 2015), which is made available to members of the UN General Assembly.
Supported by the ACT Government, each year the Program trains over 250 teachers and engages thousands of children in music making and outreach through their free programs and events, designed in response to teacher and student feedback. Georgia visits up to ten schools and community groups every week, including preschools, primary schools and secondary schools, introductory English centres, nursing homes, and schools for children with disabilities. She coordinates and hosts the Program’s ‘Big Gig’ outreach concerts engaging thousands of children and community members in communal music making. In 2016 Georgia was presented with a Children's Week Award by the Governor General of Australia for her work with Cranleigh School, a specialist school for children living with significant disabilities.
- Music Pedagogy and Teacher Training
- History of Performance
- History of Education
- Music in Communities
- Transdisciplinary Research
- Ancient World Studies
- Music in Human Society and Development