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Bruce Hancock

Visiting Research Fellow

Bruce Hancock is at present a Visiting Research Fellow at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. He was Head of Jazz Studies at the Elder Conservatorium from 1990 to 2015 and has been an academic staff member since 1981. He has a busy performing schedule with the Bruce Hancock Trio/Quartet having directed numerous musical productions and festivals, including the prestigious Glenelg Jazz Festival.

Bruce has been responsible for the development of the majority of young contemporary jazz musicians in South Australia within one of the most respected jazz studies programs in Australia. Bruce has an impressive jazz performance record, having supported many of the world’s greatest musicians and also performing in his own right.

His professional knowledge and experience of electronics engineering and computer based applications reinforces his performance in today’s integration of electronics within music, but acoustic piano remains Bruce’s instrument of choice. An accomplished Musical Director for many productions in South Australia, Bruce has established himself as one of the State’s most versatile and talented jazz musicians.

Research Interests

  • development of TAAS (Telephone Audio Access System for students/staff)
  • original contemporary jazz compositions
  • fusion of classical/jazz styles
  • general use of digital and analog electronics in music; CD recording; electronic archival of sound recordings


  • associate artist on approximately twenty CD recordings
  • four CD albums produced under his own name
  • many original compositions appear on these CDs
  • founder/editor of South Australian Real Book, published in 1999, featuring compositions by major jazz composers throughout the history of jazz in SA

Contact details:  Ph: 0419848250

Dr Jennifer Rosevear

Visiting Research Fellow

Jennifer Rosevear was the Head of Music Education at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, having commenced her tertiary career as a Lecturer in Music Education at the City Campus of the South Australian College of Advanced Education in 1985.  Prior to her appointment to SACAE, she taught music in secondary schools and was a Secondary Music Curriculum Writer, based at Wattle Park Teachers Centre during 1983-4. In 1991 the City Campus of SACAE merged with the University of Adelaide. She coordinated the Music Education stream within the Bachelor of Music, and since 2002, she was Head of the 4-year Bachelor of Music Education program which had its last intake in 2011. Since 2012, the Music Education specialisation became part of the re-structured Bachelor of Music.

In addition to being Head of Music Education, Jennifer was involved in the development of the curriculum in the Bachelor of Music program, and she had a particular interest in the areas of music theory and aural development. From 2009-2015 she was Deputy Director of the Elder Conservatorium. Jennifer was also Head of Undergraduate Music Programs from 2009 which entailed oversight of curriculum and enrolment for students in all music specialisations.

Jennifer retired from the University in December, 2015, and maintains the honorary position of Visiting Research Fellow.

2007 - awarded Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.

2008 - completed Ph.D. with thesis entitled Engaging adolescents in high school music.

2011 - awarded Fellowship of the Australian Society for Music Education.

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Keith Crellin OAM

Associate Professor

As the first violist to win the ABC Young Performers Award in 1972, Keith Crellin soon established himself as one of Australia’s leading soloists and chamber music players. Having studied violin initially with Gretchen Schieblich and then Ladislav Jasek at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, he completed his tertiary studies at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music under noted pedagog Professor Jan Sedivka. Subsequently he was appointed Lecturer in viola and chamber music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Director and principal Conductor of the Conservatorium orchestra and Artistic director and chief conductor of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra.

In 1985, he became a founding member of the Australian String Quartet based in Adelaide, a position he held for sixteen years and with which he performed in many countries, traveled widely throughout Australia and made numerous recordings. He has attended many National Music camps as tutor and conductor and now divides his time between teaching, performing and conducting. In 2003, he took up the position of artistic director and conductor of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra. In 2004 he was awarded the University of Adelaide’s Stephen Cole prize for excellence in teaching and in 2008 was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to music and education.

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Rodney Smith

Visiting Research Fellow

Rodney Smith joined the Elder Conservatorium of Music staff in 2002 and was Head of Pedagogy Studies until 2015. He is currently Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Music and coordinator of Postgraduate Pedagogy Programs. From 2002 – 2012 he was also Head of Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programs in Music and from 2013 – 2015 he was Coordinator of the Conservatorium’s Honours Program.

He was responsible for developing all the Elder Conservatorium’s current Pedagogy Programs as well as its VET music programs. He was also deeply involved in the creation and running of its Young Conservatorium teaching program from 2008 – 2012.

Rodney Smith won the Macfarren Medal as a piano student at the Royal Academy of Music, London and was a prizewinner at the Olivier Messiaen Piano Competition in Royan, France. His subsequent piano performance career, while encompassing established repertoire, frequently gravitated towards new compositions and lesser-known English composers of the earlier twentieth century.

His involvement in piano pedagogy commenced during 1972 – 1978 when he was Senior Piano Organiser for the Inner London Education Authority’s Instrumental Teaching Service. From 1978 - 2001 he developed a wide range of pedagogy courses at the (then) Flinders Street Music School in Adelaide, which became a leading institution in that field. He was visiting Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Illinois USA from 1985 – 1986 and founded the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in 1993. He was a Federal Director of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) from 2009 – 2015 and continues as Piano Adviser and examiner for AMEB (SA & NT). His pedagogy research has resulted in a considerable number of published conference papers and articles.

He is currently Chair of the upcoming 2017 Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide and is President of the Music Teachers’ Association of South Australia. He maintains a 30-year connection with Adelaide Advertiser news media as a music critic.

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Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts



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