PhD Projects

Below are the profiles of a few members of our current PhD cohort. You can find details about more of our PhD students and their projects here.

Shen LiShen Li

Shen is from China and is a PhD student in the Department of Music researching ‘Piano Timbre Perception and Production'.

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Elsa MarshallElsa Marshall

Elsa is originally from Canada and is researching the 1954 MGM film musical 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' as part of her PhD.

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Caroline CurwenCaroline Curwen

Caroline is a part-time PhD student in the Department of Music researching ‘music-colour synaesthesia'.

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Table of contents

Composition

Ethnomusicology

Musicology

Music Technology

Performance

Psychology Of Music

Composition

AlbornozAlejandro Albornoz - aaalbornozrojas1@sheffield.ac.uk

Voice and Poetry in Electroacoustic Composition

Supervisors: 
Dr. Adam Stanović
Professor Adrian Moore

https://alejandroalbornoz.wordpress.com

Research Interests

  • Acousmatic Music
  • Voice
  • Language
  • Poetry
  • Sound Poetry
  • Multichannel Composition
Ian Baxter - iwbaxter1@sheffield.ac.uk

Sonification as a means to generative music

Supervisors: 
Professor Adrian Moore
Dr Adam Stanović

www.ianbaxter.net

Research Interests

  • Sound art
  • Genaerative music systems
  • Sonification of live data
  • Gradually evolving acoustic environments

BevanChris 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

VlachosKonstantinos 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

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Ethnomusicology

BeazleyNicola 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

GaoXiao 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

GubbinsHelen 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

WalshMichael 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

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Musicology

ChangSamantha Chang - scchang1@sheffield.ac.uk

Listening to Painting, Seeing Music: Intersensorial and Synaesthetic Approaches to Music and Visual Culture in the Early Modern Period

Supervisors: 
Dr Tim Shephard
Professor Philip Sohm (University of Toronto)

http://samanthaflute.com/

Research Interests

  • "Music and visual culture
  • Intersensoriality and synaesthesia
  • Performativity and theatricality
  • Temporality and materiality
  • Artistic identity
  • Music in the painter’s studio

CoulterBridget Coulter - bhcoulter1@sheffield.ac.uk

Exploring Girls’ Musical Judgements: Discourses of Value, Power and Selfhood in Girls’ Evaluations of Popular Music

Supervisors: 
Professor Nicola Dibben
Professor Julia Dobson

http://sheffield.academia.edu/BridgetCoulter

Research Interests

  • Exploring how adolescent girls engage with popular music in everyday life
  • Employing qualitative methods, including focus groups and interviews
  • Investigating how girls value music and make musical judgements
  • Exploring issues such as gender, power and selfhood
  • Interests include popular music, popular culture, gender and girlhood

GoodmanJoshua 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

JayasuriaKathryn 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

LiuYiyun 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

MarshallElsa Marshall - emmarshall1@sheffield.ac.uk

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

Supervisor: 
Dr Dominic McHugh

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

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Music Technology

SurgenorJames Surgenor - jrsurgenor1@sheffield.ac.uk

Software Influenced Composition: Investigating the impact of software on compositional methods in electroacoustic music

Supervisors: 
Professor Adrian Moore
Dr Adam Stanović

https://jamessurgenormusic.com

Research Interests

  • Electroacoustic composition and performance
  • Music technology
  • Software design
  • Interaction design
  • Algorithmic composition
  • Sound synthesis

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Performance

YanMengjiao Yan - ymengjiao1@sheffield.ac.uk

Freedom of Interpretation: a focus on the piano works of Igor Stravinsky

Supervisor: 
Professor George Nicholson

www.mengjiaoyan.co.uk

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of approaches to performing Stravinsky's piano music
  • Musical analysis: critical re-interpretation of piano works
  • Investigation of notions of freedom in interpreting music scores
  • The significance of Stravinsky in 20th century music: identifying the salient characteristics of his musical language.

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Psychology of Music

CurwenCaroline 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

DownsJacob 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

KorteMichaela 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

LiShen 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

PennillNicola Pennill - npennill1@sheffield.ac.uk

Preparing for performance: development of rehearsal processes and interactions in chamber ensembles

Supervisors:
Dr Renee Timmers
Mr Dermot Breslin
Dr Catherine Laws
https://sites.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/wrocahensemblenetwork/meet-the-team/nicolapennill

Research Interests

As an experienced ensemble musician with previous management consultancy experience of team development, I am interested in the ways of working of student and professional chamber musicians in collaborative rehearsals, including:
  • The experiences of group members in newly-formed ensembles
  • How patterns and combinations of rehearsal activities emerge over time in music ensembles, and how they contribute to group development
  • Leadership and how it is distributed and managed in conductorless ensembles
This approach builds on research from the management sciences, in particular research on interaction patterns and group behaviour.

TaylorRyan 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.

WarehamKate 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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