Research centres and project teams
The Department of Music has multiple research projects ongoing that 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.
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.
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.
Contemporary Folklore Research Centre
The Contemporary Folklore Research Centre draws on The University of Sheffield's notable history of research into Folklore and Cultural Tradition to promote and support research into vernacular and artistic expressions of cultural and community identities and practices.
Led by academic and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Fay Hield, Access folk aims to co-produce research to explore ways to increase and diversify participation in English folk singing.