Kim Burwell is a pianist and teacher, whose research is focused on areas related to musical performance and studio teaching. After completing her first degree in Australia, she studied piano with Ronald Smith in the U.K., where she performed particularly as an accompanist and chamber musician, and where she lectured at Canterbury Christ Church University. With further degrees in composition and performance, she completed her PhD with a thesis investigating instrumental teaching and learning in Higher Education.
Her monograph, Studio-based instrumental learning, was published in 2012 by Ashgate, as part of the Psychology of Music series sponsored by the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE). She has also published research studies investigating teaching and student behaviour in instrumental lessons, and student approaches to individual practice.