Dr. Mark Carroll, an Associate Dean for the Faculty of Arts of the University of Adelaide and Professor at the Elder Conservatorium of Music conducted a talk entitled ‘The Power of Music’ at the packed North Hall of Cempaka International School Cheras/Cempaka Cheras last 18 January 2016. The talk focused on topics with regards to tradition vs. innovation, how music and musicians developed through the years and how music influences how we think, feel and communicate.
Cempaka Schools Malaysia is the first Malaysian school to incorporate performing arts in the curriculum and has been an active supporter of the craft through its annual Cempaka Schools Box Office Production (CSBOP).
An active classical and pop music performer, his research activities range from music and politics and studies in contemporary popular music. Dr. Carroll publishes regularly in Oxford University Press’s flagship music journal, Music & Letters. Dr. Carroll regaled the audience composed of over 400 secondary school students and teachers with music from different genres and listening devices.
Dr. Carroll works closely with The Australian Ballet, and was team leader for a large Australian Research Council Linkage project that brought together the Elder Conservatorium, The Australian Ballet and the National Library, in order to trace the impact of tours to Australia by the Ballets Russes during the 1930s. More recently, Mark has secured ARC funding for Beyond the Stage: Interpreting History Through Performing Arts Practice. The project brings together the State Library of SA, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, State Theatre Company and Adelaide Festival Centre.
The University of Adelaide workshop is one of the various talks given throughout the year to Cempaka Schools Malaysia students.