The Department of Music has 3 research centres which foster collaborative research with partners internal and external to the university. They contribute to the lively research culture through the regular organisation of events, meetings and hosting research visitors.
Music Mind Machine
Music Mind Machine research centre offers a platform for researchers and students to investigate musical experience from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining theories and methods from music, psychology, social sciences and computational sciences.
Music and Wellbeing
The Music and Wellbeing research unit investigates ways in which music may impact on extraordinary and everyday wellbeing challenges. Ongoing research projects include the study of live music in residential care, the tracking of wellbeing measures in training musicians, and the use of music to assist troubled sleep.
Centre for New Music at Sheffield (CeNMaS)
The Centre for New Music at Sheffield (CeNMaS) aims to foster connections among composers, performers and audiences in Sheffield and beyond. CeNMaS is the focus for the large number of concerts, visiting lectures, residencies, symposia and festivals taking place at Sheffield throughout the academic calendar, including those hosted by the University of Sheffield Sound Studios (USSS), the Sheffield University New Music Ensemble and the Sound Laboratory Concerts Series. Visit the CeNMaS website to view past and future events and to connect with us on social media.
Sheffield Performance and Audience Research Centre (SPARC)
Sheffield Performance and Audience Research Centre (SPARC) collaborates with arts organisations and venues to investigate audience experiences of live music. Recent research projects concern audience experiences of contemporary arts and music, reasons for continuing and ceasing musical participation, and attracting new audiences for classical music.