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

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

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

  • Helen Gubbins researches the historical mediation of music on the radio and its cultural context. Her current work is funded by the University of Sheffield Doctoral Academy Scholarship and a National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship, and focuses on music in Irish public radio in the late twentieth century. Her previous research activity has been funded by Berea College, Kentucky and the Arts Council of Ireland. She worked as a part-time lecturer and guest lecturer in music in University College Cork from 2006-11 and tutored in University College Dublin 2015-16. She has published in British Postgraduate Musicology Online and Ethnomusicology Ireland and is a previous member of the editorial board for the journal Track Changes and a previous council member of the International Council for Traditional Music (Ireland). Helen is also an accomplished musician and teacher, and she performs and records internationally.

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

Musicology

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

Yiyun Liu - yliu187@sheffield.ac.uk

Handel and English classical taste in eighteenth century

Supervisor: 
Professor Simon Keefe

Research Interests

  • 'Ancient music'
  • Handel
  • English oratorio
  • Antiquarianism

MarshallElsa Marshall - emmarshall1@sheffield.ac.uk

A History of MGM's 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

Supervisor: 
Dr Dominic McHugh

https://sheffield.academia.edu/ElsaMarshall

Research Interests

    Researches film and stage musicals. MA thesis research was on the development of musical exhibition practices in Ottawa cinemas during the silent film era. Lead researcher for the University of Ottawa's Silent Film Music in Canada website. Other interests include theorising the relations between music and story­telling in popular music albums and films.

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

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

Headphone listening and postphenomenology: body, space, relationality

Supervisors:
Dr Fay Hield
Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps

www.twitter.com/jakedownsmusic

Research Interests

  • Mobile sound technologies and their impact on listening
  • Relationships between sonic experience, corporeality, and spatiality
  • Technology-mediated perception and postphenomenological method
  • Human-technology relations and philosophy of technology
  • Auditory experience in situations of conflict and violence
  • Interdisciplinarity, especially between sciences and humanities

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
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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.

WarehamKate Wareham - kwareham1@sheffield.ac.uk

The uses of music listening by emerging adults in challenging environments

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

Research Interests

  • Music in everyday life
  • Music listening
  • Social interaction through music
  • Youth homelessness
  • Marginal young people