PhD Research Projects

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

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

Vanessa Source-Lévesque - v.sorce-levesque@sheffield.ac.uk

Environment in Electroacoustic Music

Supervisors:
Dr. Adam Stanović
Professor Adrian Moore

vanessamassera.com

Research Interests

  • Electroacoustic music composition
  • Environment in electroacoustic music
  • Cultural environment in the experience of music
  • Environmental electroacoustic music

VlachosKonstantinos Vlachos - kvlachos1@sheffield.ac.uk

The Use of Space in the Performance of Live Instrumental Music

Supervisors: 
Professor George Nicholson
Dr Dorothy Ker

https://alejandroalbornoz.wordpress.com

Research Interests

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

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

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

DellowRebecca Dellow - redellow1@sheffield.ac.uk

Vernacular Instrumental Manuscript Sources 1860-1875. Paradigmatic of a Popular Music Culture of Folk Tradition?

Supervisors:
Dr Fay Hield
Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps

http://www.beckydellow.co.uk

Research Interests

  • Mid-19th Century hand-written monophonic music manuscript books ('Fiddlers' Tune Books')
  • Printed monophonic popular music aimed at 19th Century amateur musicians
  • The concept of tradition and in particular a Folk Music tradition
  • Musical Literacy amongst 19th Century working classes
  • Victorian Musical Circulating Libraries

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

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

Performance

MeissnerHenrique Meissner - h.meissner@sheffield.ac.uk

Teaching young musicians expressive performance: A mixed methods study

Supervisors: 
Dr Renee Timmers
Professor Stephanie Pitts

http://henriquemeissner.com/research.html

Research Interests

  • Expressive music performance
  • Instrumental music teaching and learning
  • Performance pedagogy
  • Young musicians’ (aged 8-16 year) development

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.

Psychology of Music

Claudia Braz Nunes - cbnunes1@sheffield.ac.uk

Lifelong engagement with music: Learning through the lives of Portuguese music educators

Supervisors: 
Professor Stephanie Pitts
Dr Victoria Rowe

Research Interests

  • Lifelong engagement with music
  • Music education - Why isn't everybody learning music?
  • Music education in the European conservatoire
  • Community music
  • Music teaching as a career - music teacher identity

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

Filippidi Ioanna Filippidi - ifilippidi1@sheffield.ac.uk

Involuntary musical imagery, as conditioned by everyday music listening.

Supervisors:
Dr Renee Timmers

www.linkedin.com/in/ioanna-filippidi-muspsychology

Research Interests

  • Psychology of music
  • Involuntary musical imagery (earworms)
  • Everyday music listening
  • Music cognition

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
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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.
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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

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