Brunt, Shelley

RMIT University

Dr Shelley Brunt is the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) degree at RMIT University. As a popular music ethnomusicologist, she uses ethnographic approaches to understand the relationships between parenthood and the music industry. Key publications include Made in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge, 2018) and Popular Music and Parenting (Routledge, 2022). She is the co-editor of Perfect Beat journal.


  • Articles
    Introduction Music scholarship across genres is often concerned with music's metaphysical and ephemeral effects on individuals, communities, and society. These scholarly framings constitute a concept that we refer to here as “the magic of music”.  Using this framing, this article addresses the ways that the magic is undermined by a range of worldly, non-magical realities, using the...Read more