Dr Graham McPhail
EdD, MEd, MMus, MusB(Hons), DipT, AIRMT
Graham McPhail is Senior Lecturer in Music Education in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education. He taught secondary school music for 21 years and for three years was the national moderator for NCEA music working for NZQA. His research interests include the place of knowledge in curriculum development, 21st century education, and pedagogy in one-to-one music tuition. Graham is a past President of the New Zealand Suzuki Institute (NZSI), a member of the baroque ensemble Extempore, and artistic co-director of New Zealand’s original instrument orchestra NZ Barok. He also teaches baroque violin in the School of Music and is one of New Zealand’s leading figures in the critical approach to performance of 17th and 18th century European art music.
Research | Current
An international Delphi study - One Direction: Curriculum Futures for Secondary School Music Education
The Knowledge Rich School Project (a KERU research project)
Teaching | Current
- EDCURSEC 691 & 692 (Music Education)
- EDPROF 702 The Twentieth Century Classroom/Centre
- MUS 223, 323 (An Introduction to Instrumental Pedagogy)
Robin Lane (Doctoral) - An ecology for teaching and learning: Integrating mind, brain and education science into teachers’ pedagogies
Deborah Lomax (Doctoral) - Muslim Students in the New Zealand Education System
Cris Lynch (Doctoral) - A history of science education in New Zealand: Influences and Consequences
Edward Pinel (Doctoral) – Primary Teacher’s Experience with Future Focused Learning
Xiaoming Tian (Doctoral) - China's 'socialist market economy' and its curriculum policies and practices
Julie Skelling (Doctoral) - Tensions in Special Education Policy and Provision in New Zealand? Day Special School Perspectives
Pauline Cooper-Ioelu (Doctoral) - The Academic Nurse: The discipline and the development of academic nurse identities
Angelina Wang (Masters) - Student autonomy and teacher intervention in a Musical Futures context
Alexis Siteine (co-supervisor) - Identity, Knowledge and Curriculum: A Sociological Study of Ethnicity in New Zealand Education.
Bobby Hung (Doctoral) - Hitting the street : The legitimation of street art in visual arts education in New Zealand
Sheraz Akhtar (Doctoral) - Urban Refugees and Education in the Contemporary World: A Case Study of Pakistani Christian Refugees in Bangkok, Thailand
Temi Adelekan (Doctoral) - Knowledge and the Creative Tension in the New Zealand University
Sokuntharath Sou (Masters) - Investigating Curriculum Design in the Bachelor of Education in Teaching English at Three Cambodian Universities.
Julie Skelling - Tracking the Transformation of Symbolic Discourse: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and non-Māori teachers’ selection of Māori cultural content.
Villiami Telefoni - Musical instrument instruction for NCEA music via YouTube
Shannon Coulomb - Conceptual progression in the teaching of composition
Steve McDonald - Youth Smoking - why do they do it?
Stephanie Lees - Creativity in the secondary music classroom.
Adam Driver - Whānau leadership: The reciprocities of right relationship at Kia Aroha College.
Neil Morrow - Subject-specific mathematical vocabulary in mathematics lessons
Mary Kerrigan Pasifika Transitions: A case study of a secondary school mentoring programme.
- Faculty of Education nominee for the Vice Chancellor’s award for Best Doctoral Thesis 2012
- 2012 NZARE Sutton-Smith Award
- 2012 Dean’s List for excellence in doctoral thesis
- 2010 Marion Rayward Memorial Scholarship for a New Zealand music education doctoral candidate
Secondary school Music Education
Areas of expertise
School Music Education
Music studio pedagogy
Sociology of knowledge
21st century education
The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC)
KERU (CRSTIE Research Unit)
ANZARME (Australian New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education)
Cambridge Symposium of Knowledge in Education
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- McPhail, G. (2020). Twenty-First Century Learning and the Case for More Knowledge About Knowledge. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES10.1007/s40841-020-00172-2
- McPhail, G. (2020). The search for deep learning: a curriculum coherence model. JOURNAL OF CURRICULUM STUDIES10.1080/00220272.2020.1748231
- Rata, E., & McPhail, G. (2020). Teacher Professional Development, the Knowledge-Rich School Project and the Curriculum Design Coherence Model. In J. Fox, C. Alexander, T. Aspland (Eds.) Teacher Education in Globalised Times: Local Responses in Action (pp. 311-329). Singapore: Springer. 10.1007/978-981-15-4124-7_17
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Rata
- McPhail, G. (2020). Curriculum Integration in Flexible Learning Environments, Challenges for Teachers, and Teacher Education. In M. A. Peters (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Teacher Education (pp. ). Singapore: Springer. 10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_369-1
- McPhail, G., & Rata, E. (2019). THE KNOWLEDGE DEMOCRACY CONNECTION AND MUSIC EDUCATION. PHILOSOPHY OF MUSIC EDUCATION REVIEW, 27 (2), 112-132. 10.2979/philmusieducrevi.27.2.02
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Rata
- Pountney, R., & McPhail, G. (2019). Crossing boundaries: Exploring the theory, practice and possibility of a 'Future 3' curriculum. BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL, 45 (3), 483-501. 10.1002/berj.3508
- McPhail, G. (2019). Pedagogic populism vs. opportunities to learn: university music students' appraisal of their school music classes. MUSIC EDUCATION RESEARCH, 21 (3), 257-268. 10.1080/14613808.2018.1553942
- McPhail, G., & McNeill, J. (2019). One direction: a future for secondary school music education?. MUSIC EDUCATION RESEARCH, 21 (4), 359-370. 10.1080/14613808.2019.1605345
Primary office location
B - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EB
Level 1, Room 117
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE