Dr Marilyn Chaseling BMus(Adel), GradDipEd(ArmidaleCAE), MEd(NE), PhD(DEAKIN) 

Dr Marilyn Chaseling is the Deputy Head of School in the School of Education at Southern
Cross University. Marilyn's research interests focus on the creative arts,
particularly music, and the ways in which both curriculum and pedagogy have been
approached over time in order to engage, stimulate and develop the potential of children
and young people. Her doctoral thesis, titled /Teaching Music in New South Wales Primary
Schools: 1920—1956, /pointed to a number of key historical issues that usefully inform
contemporary classroom practice, namely the contribution of music to the development of
children as 'good citizens'; the importance of strong leadership for music in
schools by employing conscientious, inspirational music educators who can champion and
develop a love of music in both children and teachers; the important role of pre-service
teacher education and professional development in improving the confidence, disciplinary
knowledge and skills of generalist teachers in and for music education; a music syllabus
that recognises the creative potential of children and young people; and teachers who are
able to convey to their students an evident and shared respect for music. 

Marilyn J Chaseling has also published under the name of Marilyn Ryan. 

Journal articles


Austral voices: recommended music resources in the school syllabus and The School Magazine, 1916 to 1956 (with Robert J. Smith), Australian Folklore (2014)

School education can reveal aspects of a community's values, in that which it wishes to...



Whatever it takes! Developing professional learning communities in primary school mathematics education (with William E. Boyd, K Robson, and L Brown), Creative Education (2014)


Teacher assistants support our students, but who supports our teacher assistants? (with J Preston, Leanne Brown, and William E. Boyd), Special Education Perspectives (2013)


Recorder play the easy way: student's book, School of Education Papers (1989)

Book chapters

Homestay - a home away from home, Language and cultural immersion : perspectives on short term study and residence abroad (2001)



Through the eyes of Victor McMahon: The school flute band movement in NSW public schools, Proceedings of the XXXth Annual Conference : Innovation and tradition : music education research : Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (2008)

The decision of the NSW Department of Education in 1939 not to systematically retain its...


Mini-musicals for maximum impact (with Lyndell Bussa and Robert Smith), Proceedings of Music Education Research: Values and Initiatives : Australian Society for Music Education (AARME) XVI National Conference (2007)

Primary teacher education students, who chose to enroll in a Primary music education elective, were...


Theodore Stephen Tearne: New South Wales’ Second Superintendent of Music, Proceedings of Music Education Research: Values and Initiatives : Australian Society for Music Education (AARME) XVI National Conference (2007)

In 1908 Hugo Alpen retired after a long period of 23 years as Superintendent of...


Teaching with technology: the wonders of wireless, Music education, standards and practices: XXVIIIth annual conference Australian Association for Research in Music Education (2006)

On Wednesday October 7 1924 a quite remarkable experiment was begun by the NSW Department...


Snapshots from the Inspectorate: Music in New South Wales State Primary Schools: 1908, 1914, 1918, Proceedings of the XXVIth National Conference AARME (2004)

The physical size of New South Wales meant that from the early days of public...