Michael Webb is an ethnomusicologist, and Senior Lecturer and Chair of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney. He grew up in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s and 1970s.
As an undergraduate he studied ethnomusicology with Alan Marrett at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Mark Slobin supervised his MA thesis (1990) and PhD dissertation (1995) Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He was also fortunate to have been mentored by Deborah Gewertz of Amherst College.
Michael plays the trumpet and has a keen interest in contemporary jazz, especially in Australia. He has published interviews with a number of high profile Australian jazz musicians and in 2007 won the National Jazz Writing Competition.
Webb is a co-author of the 2011 book Music of Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture which is part of the Global Music Series published by Oxford University Press. He is currently completing a book with the working title, The Black Choral Islands: Protestant Hymnody and the Making of Modern Melanesia, which is under contract with the University of Hawai’i Press. Webb’s Melanesian research concentrates on music history and change, and focuses particularly on historical and contemporary aspects of Christian hymnody and folk choral expressions, although a co-authored article forthcoming in The Contemporary Pacific examines expressions of regional identity in contemporary Melanesian song and music video.
Academia.edu Link: http://sydney.academia.edu/MichaelWebb