International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania

The Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania (SGMDO) is an informal association of scholars within the ICTM who share interests in the study of music and dance of Oceania. They meet when opportunities arise to discuss their research and periodically exchange information through an internal newsletter. Special meetings have been held in Australia in 1988, 1995, 2001 and 2010; Germany in 1993; Japan in 1999; Palau in 2004; Hawai'i in 2006, Papua New Guinea in 2014, and Guam in 2016. Informal gatherings have been held on other occasions, such as the Festivals of Pacific Arts and the Melanesian Arts Festivals, and in conjunction with meetings of other scholarly societies in which SGMDO members participated. In 2001 members of the Study Group published the book Traditionalism and Modernity in the Music and Dance of Oceania in honour of study group founder Barbara Smith, in 2007 the book Oceanic Music Encounters: the Print Resource and the Human Resource: Essays in Honour of Mervyn McLean, and in 2017 the book A Distinctive Voice in the Antipodes: Essays in Honour of Stephen A. Wild.

The Study Group offers contributions toward travel to its symposia for Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Australians through the Music and Dance of Oceania Travel Award. This fund is managed by the Study Group and provides opportunities to participate in symposia, and on special occasions, a World Conference. The award is also aimed at encouraging more participation from currently under-represented areas of Oceania within ICTM activities. The establishment of the award was generously funded by Barbara B. Smith. For further information, contact the Chair .


Dr. Georgia Curran Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
University of Syndey

Newspaper article on recent SGMDO symposium

Attached is a newspaper report on the recent symposium of the SGMDO, written by Don Niles. It was published in the PNG newspaper The National (the Weekender section). Thanks Don for making it available!

Business Meeting Minutes September 2014

Please find attached the minutes from the ICTM SGMDO Business Meeting held at Alexishafen, PNG, on 19 September 2014.

Newsletter June 2014

Please find attached our mid-year newsletter.

Newsletter December 2013

Please find attached the newsletter for the end of 2013.

SGMDO posts 2011-2012

During 2011-2012, SGMDO posts were made on the following blog: We reproduce these posts below.

Report of the Pacific Festival of Arts for the Palauan delegation

A report was written of the Pacific Festival of Arts for the Palauan delegation, by Manami YASUI (Tenri University) and Junko KONISHI (Shizuoka University). 

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Program Meeting 28th -30th September 2010

 ICTM Study Group for the Music and Dance of Oceania & ANU School of Music

Post Graduate Symposium Joint Meeting


Below you find a list of SGMO-members' publications relevant to Music of Oceania. The list is arranged in alphabetic order according to the authors' names. The date in brackets just below the author's name indicates the last update of this author's bibliography.


Ammann, Raymond
(5. January 2006)


1. Adrienne Kaeppler

2. Allan Marett

3. Amy Stillman

4. Artur Simon

5. Barbara Glowczewski

6. Barbara Smith

7. Bess Lomax Hawes

8. Birgit Abels

9. Brian Diettrich

10. Carol Zarbock

11. Dan Bendrups

12. Dawn Lovig

13. Denis Crowdy

14. Don Niles

15. Elizabeth Mackinlay

16. Grant McCall

17. Helen Black

18. Helen Lawrence

19. Henry Johnson

20. Howard Charles

21. Jane Mink Rossen

22. Jane Moulin


The next Meeting of our Study Group will take place 19 -21 November 2006 in Honolulu, following the 11/19 mid-day closing of the SEM Annual Meeting. After the closing of the SEM conference at mid-day of Sunday Nov 19 our Study Group Meeting will start. It will continue through to Tuesday Nov 21, with a closing dinner around 19:00.