Research in Music

Over 85% of research in the Department of Music has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This is the result of the national Research Excellence Framework exercise, which assessed research publications and the public impact of research carried out in all universities in the UK, 2008-2014.

For Research Outputs (e.g. published books, articles and compositions) the proportion of the Department's submission judged to be 'Internationally Excellent' was the joint second highest, with Oxford, of any multi-disciplinary submission in the country, and The Times Higher Education Supplement's league table for Outputs placed us at the top of the list of comparable Departments.

Our research community includes approximately ten staff and 45 research students, and we particularly welcome students from the EU and overseas.

Two important areas of our research are given additional focus by the activities of the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research (CEMPR)and the Centre for Composition and Associated Studies (COMPASS).

The Department’s research corresponds to the University’s major research theme ‘Heritage, Cultural Production and Interpretation’. Key themes within our research areas are:

Musical Composition

Photograph of two students working with music software on computersElectroacoustic, conventional and mixed media

See MiniBEAST Listening Sessions

See COMPASS Forum seminars

Electroacoustics - Jonty Harrison

Instrumental / Vocal - Michael Zev Gordon

Mixed Instrumental and Electroacoustic / Live and Interactive Electroacoustics, Laptop Performance, Multichannel Spatialisation - Scott Wilson

Musicology

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Ranging from the medieval to the contemporary and across a number of European musical cultures.

See Seminars

Music in its Historical, Social and Cultural Contexts

British Music Studies

Medieval to Eighteenth Century - Mary O’Neill

Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries - Andrew Kirkman

Seventeenth Century, Early Modern Gender Studies - Amy Brosius

Early Modern - John Whenham and Colin Timms

Classical Period - Matthew Riley

Nineteenth Century - Paul Rodmell

Twentieth Century - Ben Earle and Paul Rodmell

Ethnomusicology, Sound Studies, Popular Music - Eliot Bates

Text and Interpretation

Detail from an old manuscriptMedieval to Eighteenth Century - Mary O’Neill

Renaissance - Andrew Kirkman

Seventeenth Century - Amy Brosius

Late Renaissance to Late Baroque - John Whenham and Colin Timms

Classical Period - Matthew Riley

Nineteenth Century - Paul Rodmell

Twentieth Century - Ben Earle and Paul Rodmell

Performance Practice

Photograph of the keys in a keyboard instrument

Medieval to Eighteenth Century - Mary O’Neill

Renaissance - Andrew Kirkman

Late Renaissance to Late Baroque - John Whenham and Colin Timms

Aesthetics and Music Theory