Professor Tim Shephard

Department of Music

Professor in Musicology

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Professor Tim Shephard
Department of Music
Jessop Building
Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

Tim studied Music at the universities of Manchester and Nottingham, and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Before entering academia he was a professional cellist and cello teacher. He has taught at the universities of Nottingham and Oxford, arriving at Sheffield in 2012

Tim held a Junior Research Fellowship at Worcester College, Oxford in 2011-12, and from 2012-16 was Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Music, Gender and Identity, University of Huddersfield. From 2014-17 he led the major research project 'Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy c.1420-1540' funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He currently holds a parallel, status-only appointment as Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto.

Tim's expertise lies broadly in medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music, with a particular focus on Italian music in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Research interests

Tim's research is set in Italy during the 15th to mid-16th centuries, addressing musical culture through an interdisciplinary lens.

A good deal of Tim's research addresses representations of music in images - the Renaissance equivalents of band posters and gig t-shirts. From 2014-17 he led the major project 'Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy c.1420-1540', funded by the Leverhulme Trust, resulting in the most comprehensive study of the subject to date.

Tim's other main research theme is music and identity in Renaissance Italy. He has published extensively on music and gender, and also on the role of music in statecraft and the representation of princely power.



  • Shephard T, Raninen S, Sessini S & Stefanescu L (2020) Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy 1420-1540. London: Harvey Miller. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Shephard T & Raninen S (2022) Music, notation, and embodiment in early sixteenth-century Italian pictures In Schuiling F & Payne E (Ed.), Material Cultures of Music Notation: New Perspectives on Musical Inscription (pp. 79-97). New York: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shephard T () Aporia and the Harmonious Subject In Henry C & Shephard T (Ed.), Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy New York: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Shephard T () The Domestic Life of the Syrinx In Borghetti V & Hatzikiriakos AM (Ed.), The Media of Secular Music in the Medieval and Early Modern Period (1100-1650) RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Tim is keen to supervise research in early music, especially Renaissance and Early Modern Italian music, and topics combining music and visual culture.

Current PhDs

  • Laura Stefanescu - 'Engaging the Inner Sensorium: A Musical Journey to Paradise in Italian Renaissance Art'
  • Federico Furnari - 'The York Symphonies of Giovanni Battista Serini: Study and Edition'
  • Momoko Uchisaka - 'Representing Madness through Music on the Italian Stage c.1580-1640'
  • Samantha Chang (at University of Toronto) - 'Music in the Early-Modern Artist's Studio'

Completed PhDs

  • Serenella Sessini - 'Angels in the Home: Music, Art and Education in the Domestic Sphere in Renaissance Italy'
  • George Parsons - 'Metaphor as a Tool for Theologically-Informed Musical Analysis of Sir James MacMillan's Triduum'
  • Michael Sargeant - 'The Green Man: Creating, Performing and Educating through Medieval Music'
Professional activities

Tim is a regular contributor to BBC radio on Renaissance music topics, and has contributed to public events at several major museums, galleries and music venues, including the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Music in the Round. He collaborates with celebrated performers the Orlando Consort.

He is also a council member of the Society for Renaissance Studies and the co-editor of the Routledge series 'Music and Visual Culture'.