Margaret Barrett is Head of the School of Music at The University of Queensland. She has served as President-Elect (2010 - 2012), President (2012 - 2014) and Immediate Past President (2014 - 2016) of the International Society for Music Education (2012 - 2014), Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education (2013 - 2015), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (2009 - 2011), an elected member of the Board of the International Society for Music Education (2008 - 2010), and National President of the Australian Society for Music Education (1999 - 2001). Currently she is a Director of the Australian Music Centre and a member of the advisory board of the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Margaret served as the music discipline writer for the Shape Paper for the Australian Curriculum – The Arts and continues to provide advice to the curriculum process. She has been an advisor for arts and educational bodies including Australia Council for the Arts and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, UK. She has received Excellence Awards for Research Higher Degree supervision (UQ 2016), Research Engagement (UQ 2016) and Teaching (UTas, 2003). Her research investigating creativity, music learning and development, expertise, and the career pathways of professional musicians has been supported by grants from the Australian Research Council, The Australia Council, Australian Youth Orchestra, Musica Viva, British Council and Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
Margaret joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Board in 2014.