PhD researchers

Our PhD students are part of a thriving research community, participating in seminars and workshops to support their research and developing advanced, transferable skills. These attributes help our graduates succeed both within and beyond the course.

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Music Technology and Composition 

Chris Bevan - cjbevan1@sheffield.ac.uk

Electroacoustic Composition

Supervisors: 
Dr. Adam Stanović
Professor Adrian Moore

https://chrisbevan.weebly.com

Research Interests

  • Defining the 'compositional voice' - why do we make the creative decisions that we do?
  • Pitch, pulse and phrasing in electroacoustic music
  • Genre hybridity and escaping the expectations of the school

Konstantinos Vlachos - kvlachos1@sheffield.ac.uk

The Use of Space in the Performance of Live Instrumental Music

Supervisors: 
Professor George Nicholson
Dr Dorothy Ker

Research Interests

  • Instrumental and vocal composition
  • Spatial Acoustic Music
  • Film Music
  • Improvisation

Ethnomusicology

Nicola Beazley - nbeazley1@sheffield.ac.uk

Interplays of tradition and acceptance in creative practices in contemporary, professional English folk tunes.

Supervisors: 
Dr Fay Hield
Dr Andrew Killick

http://nicolabeazley.weebly.com/

Research Interests

  • Music for English Morris dance; the role of creativity, expression and constructs of 'tradition' in the contemporary English folk scene
  • A recital and composition project from the Full English Archive
  • Quebec Fiddle Styles

Xiao Gao - xgao14@sheffield.ac.uk

Musical Culture of the Chinese Diaspora in Indonesia

Supervisors: 
Dr Andrew Killick
Dr Fay Hield 

https://sheffield.academia.edu/XiaoGao

Research Interests

  • Musical culture of the Chinese diaspora in Indonesia
  • Indonesian traditional music
  • Overseas Chinese music in Southeast Asia
  • Traditional ritual music in China
  • World music history

Helen Gubbins - hgubbins1@sheffield.ac.uk

The mediation of Irish traditional music in Irish public broadcasting radio, 1970-1994

Supervisors: 
Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps
Dr Andrew Killick

https://www.twitter.com/helengubbins

Research Interests

  • Radio music broadcasting
  • Liveness, gender, and genre in broadcast music
  • Mediation and mediatisation of folk and traditional musics
  • The relationship(s) between music, language, national and local identity, and public radio
  • Broadcast archives
  • Performance practices in Irish traditional music

Tim Knowles - tknowles1@sheffield.ac.uk

Participation and Individuality at Sheffield's Public Participatory Music Events

Supervisors: 
Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps
Dr Andrew Killick

Research Interests

  • Musical Participation
  • Social Theory
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Community Music
  • Material Culture
  • Ethnography

Michael Walsh - mpwalsh1@sheffield.ac.uk

A celtic or national aesthetic? Flute playing in the contemporary Asturian Folk Scene.

Supervisors: 
Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps
Dr Fay Hield 

http://www.traddad.com

Research Interests

  • Nationalism and folk music
  • The use of the simple system transverse wooden flute in contemporary folk scenes
  • Asturian nationalism and identity
  • 'Celtic' Identity in the modern world
  • Post colonial and post imperialist theory
  • Hispanic studies and music
  • Irish in Britain

Musicology

Joshua Goodman - jdrgoodman1@sheffield.ac.uk

Lerner and Loewe's Gigi: creating the new critical edition

Supervisor: 
Dr Dominic McHugh

https://joshuacomposes.wordpress.com/

Research Interests

  • Broadway musicals of the 1950s, 60s and 70s
  • Issues of adaptation in musicals
  • Sources, scores, scripts: editing and engraving scholarly performance editions of musicals
  • Broadway orchestrators and orchestrations
  • Hollywood on Broadway
  • Arthur Freed - his unit, musicals and collaborators

Kathryn Jayasuriya - kdmjayasuriya1@sheffield.ac.uk

Lerner and Loewe's Camelot: A Critical Edition

Supervisor: 
Dr Dominic McHugh

Research Interests

  • Broadway and the Hollywood Musical
  • Critical Editing of Musicals

Yiyun Liu - yliu187@sheffield.ac.uk

George Frideric Handel and the consciousness of classics musical taste in eighteenth-century England

Supervisor: 
Professor Simon Keefe

Research Interests

  • English 'ancient music'
  • Handel's oratorio
  • Western early music

Elsa Marshall - emmarshall1@sheffield.ac.uk

Creating a Cinematic Musical: The History and Audiovisual Techniques of MGM’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Supervisor: 
Prof. Nicola Dibben and Prof. Jonathan Rayner

https://sheffield.academia.edu/ElsaMarshall

Research Interests

  • Film musicals, history and analysis
  • Music and storytelling in popular music albums and film
  • Musical exhibition practices of silent films (lead researcher for the University of Ottawa’s Silent Film Music in Canada website)
  • Archival research

Performance


Psychology of Music

Caroline Curwen - ccurwen1@sheffield.ac.uk

Music-colour synaesthesia: a conceptual correspondence?

Supervisor: 
Dr Renee Timmers
Dr Andrea Schiavio

Research Interests

  • Music-Colour Synaesthesia illustrates that synaesthesia may not be a purely perceptual phenomenon
  • The role of concept and meaning challenges a single mechanism as an explanation for synaesthesia
  • Music-Colour synaesthesia presents a challenge to the established philosophical theories

Jacob Downs - jkdowns1@sheffield.ac.uk

Embodiment, spatiality, and relationality in headphone listening

Supervisors:
Professor Nicola Dibben
Dr Annamaria Carusi

www.jakedowns.co.uk

Research Interests

  • Mobile sound technologies and their impact on listening
  • Relationships between sonic experience, corporeality, and spatiality
  • Human-technology relations and philosophy of technology
  • Sensory experience in situations of conflict and violence
  • Interdisciplinarity and new methodologies

Michaela Korte - mkorte1@sheffield.ac.uk

Investigating mental health in music and non-music students in regards to personalised prevention strategies

Supervisors:
Dr Victoria Williamson
Dr Renee Timmers

Research Interests

  • Investigate levels of depression using key variables from the multifactorial depression model to highlight different ways how mental health and wellbeing is processed and/or achieved.
  • Look into prevention strategies and how they are already implemented and/or could be improved

Shen Li - sli37@sheffield.ac.uk

Conceptions of piano timbre in piano performance and pedagogy

Supervisors:
Dr Renee Timmers

http://sheffield.academia.edu/ShenLi

Research Interests

  • Piano performance
  • Embodied music perception
  • Piano teaching
  • Music communication
  • Music gesture

Ryan Taylor - rtaylor17@sheffield.ac.uk

The Role of Music Within The Context of Science Communication

Supervisors:
Professor Nicola Dibben
Dr Dorothy Ker
Professor Duncan Cameron

https://www.ryantaylorlive.com

Research Interests

  • Methodology for composers to create space for dialogue within the context of science communication.
  • Quantifying emotional impact of music.
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations to support narratives of sustainability and environmentalism.
  • Improvised music to moving image.

Kate Wareham - kwareham1@sheffield.ac.uk

Music listening and its mediation of social interaction amongst emerging adults in non-traditional environments

Supervisors:
Professor Nicola Dibben
Professor Helen Kennedy
www.onanoisycorner.com

Research Interests

  • Music in everyday life
  • Music listening
  • Homeless young people
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Social interaction and identity in music

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