PhD Survey

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Macquarie University

Information and Consent Page


Name of Project: A framework for effective contemporary congregational songs (CCS)


Attend (or have attended) an Australian church?  You are invited to participate in a survey to determine what worship songs Christians can sing and want to sing.  The study aims to identify song elements that are particularly conducive to congregational engagement.

This research is being conducted by Daniel Thornton to meet the requirements of a Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Associate Professor Mark Evans and associate supervision of Dr Diane Hughes of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies :

Daniel Thornton, (02) 8893 9058,

Dr Diane Hughes, (02) 9850 2175,

Associate Professor Mark Evans, (02) 9850 2258,


If you decide to participate, you will be recording yourself singing a church song of your choice for around 30 seconds and answering a few brief questions as presented on the survey. The recording and survey answers will be kept in a secure location.  Any information or personal details gathered in the course of the study are confidential (except as required by law). Only the research team, including assistants, will have access to the data. 

A summary of the results of the data will be made available electronically  within 12 months of the interview on the website

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and anonymous.  PLEASE ONLY DO THE SURVEY ONCE; multiple recordings from the same participant will not be useful to the research and will have to be set aside.

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics (telephone (02) 9850 7854; email Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.


tickIf under 18yrs of age, I confirm that I have discussed participation in this survey with my parent/guardian.

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