David Salisbury currently lectures in music and digital sound. 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 Pascale Principe for saxophone and clarinet studies. While attending 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.

  • NM3020: Work Integrated Learning - Industry Internship (Level 3; TSV)
  • NM3610: Music, Sound and Creative Media (Level 3; TSV)
  • NM3620: Post-Production Theory and Application (Level 3; TSV)
  • Performing Jazz and Contemporary music in North Queensland, Nationally and Internationally. Big Bands both as a performer and composer/arranger. Classical music both as a performer and composer and World music both as a performer and composer.
  • 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.
  • 2005 to 2013 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1994 - PhD Student, Monash University (West Sumatra/Fieldwork)
  • 2006 - Pro Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award (Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts, James Cook University)
  • 1999 - Excellence in Teaching Award (TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute)
  • 1991 - Phi Kappa Phi Honours Society (San Diego University)
  • 1991 - Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honours Society (San Diego State University)

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  • A Curriculum Model for the Delivery of Steroscopic 3-D Film Production Techniques: Keeping Up To Date with Technological Advances Now and in the Future. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Virtual orchestration: A film composer’s creative practice;; (2019, PhD , Primary Advisor)

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