Dr David Salisbury

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Lecturer, Digital Sound, Townsville

BMus, MA, PhD, Grad. Dip. Ed. (Secondary)



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Curriculum vitae


  • Curriculum Coordinator Digital Sound

  • Lecturer Digital Sound


Ethnomusicology: Southeast Asian Music; Music in Diaspora; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Music of North Queensland and the Torres Strait.

Music Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy, Contemporary Music Education; Music Technology.

Contemporary Music; Contemporary Music Theory; Composition; Arranging; Improvisation; Music and Media.


David Salisbury currently lectures in music and digital sound at James Cook University School of Creative Arts (SoCA).David’s doctoral study was on the talempong musical tradition of West Sumatra.He was a contributing author to the 1999 publication Walk In Splendor Part I (Ceremonies And Their Traditional Music And Drama)", for the Fowler Museum at UCLA. His research interests include North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait performers of contemporary and traditional music. His book Tali nan Bapilin Tigo (three strings entwined):A study of the Minangkabau Talempong tradition in West Sumatra, Indonesia was published in 2009.

David has studied with some of the USA’s most notable musicians.At the Boston Conservatory of Music he studied with recognized composers Larry Bell and Chris Roze, both graduates of Julliard School of Music in New York City as well as Hugo Norden for counterpoint and Pascale Principe for saxophone and clarinet studies. At Berklee college of Music his lecturers included Michael Gibbs, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Herb Pomeroy and Barrie Nettles. Salisbury was conferred a BMus cum laude in 1983 from Berklee College of Music in Boston, a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from San Diego State University in 1991 and a PhD degree in Ethnomusicology from University of New England in 2001.He also has a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from the University of Western Sydney 2001.

What new media art means to me

“The ability of musical artists to express themselves outside 'traditional' presentation outputs such as the "concert hall" or "pub gigs" and utilize virtual, online and multimedia formats as an output medium.”