Three research centres/units hosted by the Department of Music foster collaborative research with partners internal and external to the university. They contribute to the lively research culture of the department through the regular organisation of events and meetings, by attracting research funding, hosting research visitors and creating research opportunities at UG, PG and postdoctoral level.
Music Mind Machine in Sheffield brings together people from different disciplines in particular music, psychology and computer science to investigate music perception and cognition. Research projects include emotional responses to music, expressive performance of music, and multimodal experiences of music.
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 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.