Tony Lewis

Tony has a BA Honours (1st Class) in Ethnomusicology, from the University of New England (Armidale, New South Wales). His thesis is titled "Rhythmic Ambiguity in the Dagbamba Drumming of Ghana, West Africa".
He is currently completing his PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney), through a musicological survey of the garamut (log drum) music of Baluan Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea.
Tony currently writes and convenes a number of music units at Macquarie University, including, for the Department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies:
  • MUS229 Studies In Rhythm {MUS229}
  • MUS230 African Drumming {MUS230}

He also writes and delivers, for the Institute of Early Childhood, a module on Australian indigenous music and dance within the unit:
  • ABEC222 Music and Movement for Young Children in ATSI Contexts

Historically, Tony has delivered a number of other units for:
The Institute of Early Childhood (Macquarie University) -
  • ECHL115 "Music: Foundation Studies"
  • ECLS205 "Music In The Theatre"
  • ECLS305 "Music in the Twentieth Century"
Nepean Dance (Dance Department, University of Western Sydney, Nepean) -
  • Music for Dancers
Australian International Conservatorium of Music -
  • Musicianship I / Musicianship II / Musicianship III / Musicianship IV
  • World Music I / World Music II
  • and supervision of Graduate Diploma students
He has also tutored numerous units for the University of New England at the JMC Academy in Sydney -
  • MUSI101 "Fundamental Musical Processes and Structures"
  • MUSI104 "Musicianship: Harmonic Studies"
  • MUSI313 "Indian Music"
  • MUSI315 "Theory and Methodology in Ethnomusicology"
  • MUSI316 "Indonesian Music"
  • MUSI318 "Pacific Music"
  • MUSI320 "Popular Music"
  • MUSI369 "Readings in Musicology"
  • MUSI375 "Advanced Composition"
  • MUSI381 "Improvisation and Music"
Tony has taught music at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association, and has given guest lectures and/or seminars at -
  • University of Sydney (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
  • University of Western Sydney (both Music and Dance Departments)
  • The Australian National University (Canberra)
  • Monash University (Melbourne)
  • Edith Cowan University (Perth)
  • James Cook University (Townsville)
  • The University of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby)
  • The Korean National University of the Arts (Seoul)
  • The University of Aarhus (Denmark)
Published Articles:
  • Lewis, Tony (2004). "Garamut, Stringben og Nye Sangformer på Baluan" ("Garamut, Stringband and New Song Forms of Baluan") in Jordens Folk Nr.2 May 2004 - 39 Årgang (pp.12-19).
  • Lewis, Tony (2002). "Review: Don Niles (ed) (2001) Kulele 3, Occasional Papers in Pacific Music and Dance, Boroko: Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies" in Perfect Beat, v5 n4 January 2002 (pp.93-94).
  • Lewis, Tony (2000). "The Devil's Work", in Cinnamon Sticks. The Recorder in Australasia. vol.1, no.1, July, (pp.6-9).
  • Lewis, Tony (1998). "Monkey in the Islands", in Lowdown, vol.20, no.5, October, (pp.8-9).
  • Lewis, Tony. (1995). "The Culture of Process", in Hough, Brett, & Barbara Hatley (eds.), Intercultural Exchange Between Australia and Indonesia. Annual Indonesia Lecture Series No. 18. Clayton, Victoria: Monash Asia Institute, Monash University. (pp.16-21).
  • Also see Tony's article on the Balopa Cultural Festival in the online journal Melanesian Music.