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Donna Weston is Deputy Director (Learning and Teaching), Head of Popular Music, and Program Director of the Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Australia. She is also the Conservatorium's International Advisor. Donna is a board member of the Association for Popular Music Education (APME). She lectures primarily in popular music history and semiotic analysis and has a particular passion for collaborative learning and peer assessment in higher music education.  As a Program Director over the past 12 years, Donna has made significant and ongoing changes to several degree designs, keeping in line with both emerging music pedagogy and research as well as rapid changes in the contemporary musical landscape. Currently, she is engaged in a major transformation of the Conservatorium’s largest degree, the Bachelor of Music, which is aimed at breaking down silos between Western art music, pop and jazz. Drawing on the expertise of the European Association of Conservatories network, the peak international body for conservatoires, the new program design will enable music students to engage in multiple creativities as they develop their musical identities.