Robin Stevens was formerly Associate Professor of Music Education in the Faculty of Education at Deakin University in Australia and is now Principal Fellow in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne. He completed undergraduate degrees in music and in education and a PhD (1978) with a thesis on the history of school music in NSW and Victoria, 1848-1920. He was Founding Editor of the "Australian Online Journal of Arts Education", Research Editor of "The Australian Journal of Music Education", editor/compiler of the "Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research 1936-2013" and was Editor of "Music in Action", a magazine for Australian music educators.
Robin is a member of the History Standing Committee of the International Society for Music Education, is a past president of the Australian Association for Research in Music Education, and has been Chairperson and then Treasurer of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Society for Music Education. He was Principal Investigator for the Music Council of Australia’s research project on “Trends in School Music Education Provision in Australia” (2002-03) and has served as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Review of School Music Education (2004-05), of the Australian National Music Workshop Advisory Group (2006), of the Australian Government’s Music Education Advisory Group (Chair 2008-09) and was a member of the School Music Action Group (sMAG). Robin was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Music Examinations Board in Victoria.
He is co-editor of a book entitled "Origins and Foundations of Music Education: Cross-cultural Historical Studies of Music in Compulsory Schooling" (Continuum, 2010) with Gordon Cox. A second edition of this book under the title "The Origins and Foundations of Music Education: International Perspectives" (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). He is also compiler/editor of ISME’s "International History of Music Education" website.