Dr Sharon Lierse is Lecturer and Co-ordinator in Arts Education at Charles Darwin University, Melbourne. She also is Co-ordinator of Health and Physical Education, manages students’ professional experience in Victoria and Tasmania and supervises Masters and PhD students.

Prior to her appointment at Charles Darwin University, she was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Malaysia. Here she set up an orchestral program, developed a research seminar series for post-graduate students and was founder and Managing Editor of the Malaysian Music Journal (MMJ). During her appointment, she was invited guest speaker for the Perdana Lecture at Universiti Tecknologi Malaysia on ‘Rethinking National Innovation and Creativity in a Changing Global Economy’. Dr Sharon Lierse has also lectured in curriculum design in tertiary learning and teaching at the University of Tasmania, and has been the Manager of Professional Learning at the Australian Council for Educational Research. She has also had extensive experience as an educator and regional co-ordinator in schools.

Dr Lierse has published widely and has given conference papers around the world including keynote presentations in Europe and Asia. Her research interests include; instrumental music performance and pedagogy, lecturing in the performing arts in an online environment, and the characteristics of outstanding teaching and how institutions can best support and nurture excellence.