Sally Treloyn

BMus(Hons) Syd PhD Syd

John McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Dr Sally Treloyn joined the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2010 as a recipient of an inaugural John McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, having received her PhD in ethnomusicology from The University of Sydney in 2007. Her research focuses on recording and documenting of song and dance traditions in the Kimberley region of northwest Australia, and on developing strategies to support Indigenous stakeholders and organizations in their efforts to sustain their highly endangered musical practices and the knowledge systems to which they are attached. Sally is also an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Sydney, PARADISEC, and is Co-ordinator of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia,

Dr Treloyn has been working in the Kimberley with the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre and Kimberley Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre on an Australian Research Council funded project to identify new strategies to sustain endangered Aboriginal song and dance traditions. The focus of the project is on finding ways to use new technologies to increase intergenerational knowledge transmission around song and dance through repatriation of archival recordings, creation of new recordings, community-led documentation of song and dance practices, and community-led dissemination of these recordings. Key highlights in 2013 have included a research trip by 8 community members to the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra to identify materials for repatriation, iMovie workshops at the mowanjum Art and culture Centre in which over ten mini documentaries on dance traditions were made by children aged 4 - 14 led by emerging elders, and presentations at major national and international conferences, including the International Council for Traditional Music annual meeting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the upcoming Foundation for Endangered Languages conference in Ottawa. 

Current projects:

2010-2011  'Sustaining Junba: recording and documenting endangered songs and dances in the northern Kimberley’
Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies G2009/7458

2011-2014 ‘Strategies for Sustaining Aboriginal Song and Dance in the Modern World: the Mowanjum and Fitzroy River Valley communities of Western Australia’ Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP0990650 in partnership with the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, and Professor Allan Marett (University of Sydney)

2011- ‘TELIA: Technology for Endangered Languages in Australasia’, led by Steven Bird (University of Melbourne)

2011- ‘The Music We Live By: Developing Musical Arts Education in Remote Regions’, led by Professor Jane Davidson (University of Western Australia)

Sally Treloyn