Investigating musical identities

This research project concerned musical identities. In particular, we were interested in finding out how contemporary socio-cultural factors influence the development of musical identities in adults, and the impact this has on musical engagement. The study was conducted by Dr Amanda Krause (James Cook University) and Dr Melissa Forbes (University of Southern Queensland). If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr Amanda Krause or Dr Melissa Forbes.

Principal Investigator: Dr Amanda Krause
College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University

Co-Investigator: Dr Melissa Forbes
School of Creative Arts, University of Southern Queensland

Summaries of the project findings are posted here on this project webpage, when available.

We have presented preliminary findings at academic conferences and have published two journal articles so far. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Krause, A. E., Forbes, M., & Lowe-Brown, X. (2022). Does reality television-style singing influence singing self-concept? Journal of Voice, advance online publication.

Forbes, M., Krause, A. E., & Lowe-Brown, X. (2021). Descriptions and evaluations of “good singing” in the age of The Voice. Australian Voice, 22, 16-28. Retrieved from

[1] Forbes, M., Krause, A. E., & Lowe-Brown, X. (2021, October 30). The impact of exposure to vocal performances on singing self-concept. Poster presented at International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS 2021). MontrĂ©al, Canada [Virtual].

[2] Krause, A. E., & Forbes, M. (2021, July 29). Socio‐cultural influences on Australian adults’ musical identities. Poster presented at the 16th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC)/ 11th triennial conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM). Sheffield, UK [Virtual].

[3] Krause, A. E., & Forbes, M. (2022, November X). Examining "good singing" in the age of The Voice. Paper presented at the Spheres of Singing 2022 conference. Virtual. {YouTube recording}

[4] Forbes, M., Krause, A. E., & Lowe-Brown, X. (2022, October 02). Examining "good singing" in the age of The Voice. Paper presented at the ANATS Conference 2022. Adelaide, SA, Australia [via Zoom].