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Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen
Research Manager
Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen

Dr Bodkin-Allen is the SIT Research Manager and a music educator, composer and arranger. She regularly composes and arranges for musicians in the local community such as school choirs, young performers and the brass band. She writes musicals that have been performed throughout Aotearoa and in Australia. Her academic research has largely been focused on singing behaviours and in particular, Outreach Singing, an altruistic approach to music-making developed in Australia by Ass. Prof. Susan West. Recent research in this area has examined the effect of Outreach Singing on singing confidence in adults, and impact on the singing confidence and well-being of adolescents. Current projects include the impact of Outreach Singing on student nurses’ willingness to work in aged care, and the writing of a new piece of musical theatre which will be premiered in Invercargill in 2022.


2006: Diploma of Adult Education and Training, Southern Institute of Technology. 

2004: PhD, University of Otago. 

1997: MusB (Hons), University of Otago.


Research Manager


Bachelor of Contemporary Music 

Bachelor of Audio Production 

Master of Applied Management 

Master of Applied Health Sciences


Invercargill Main Campus, D2-16

External Profiles
Selected Research
  • Bodkin-Allen, S. [Composer] & Ruwhiu, D. [Text]. (2021). Ngā Mokopuna, for SSA Choir and taonga pūoro.
  • Campbell, Q., Bodkin-Allen, S., & Swain, N. (2021). Group singing improves both physical and psychological wellbeing in people with and without chronic health conditions: A narrative review. Journal of Health Psychology, 13591053211012778.
  • Bodkin-Allen, S. (Ed.). (2020). Making music at the bottom of the world in Southland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Bodkin-Allen, S. (2020). The sound of the “Invercargill March”: Young people and brass bands in Southland. In S. Bodkin-Allen (Ed.), Making music at the bottom of the world in Southland, Aotearoa/ New Zealand (pp. 139-157). Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Bodkin-Allen, S., Swain, N. & West, S. (2019). It’s not that bad singing with other people: The effect of a single Outreach on singing attitudes and confidence in adults. Australian Journal of Music Education, 52(2), 95-105.
  • 2020 Finalist, NZ Women of Influence Awards – Arts and Culture Arts Murihiku Board Member
  • ANZARME (Australia New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education) Elected Board Member
  • NZQA Subject Specialist (Music)

Founding member of Outreach Singing Aotearoa, a group which facilitates the development of Outreach Singing in the local community.

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