Dr Victoria Rowe

image of Victoria RoweDepartment of Music
The University of Sheffield
Jessop Building
34 Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

Email: v.rowe@sheffield.ac.uk


Victoria Rowe is a Teaching Associate in Psychology of Music (Distance Learning MA course) and teaches courses on Musical Development and Research Methodology. After graduating from the Royal College of Music in London she worked as a piano teacher and accompanist for many years. In 1999 she undertook the Distance Learning MA course in Psychology for Musicians with tutors Prof Eric Clarke and Dr Stephanie Pitts. On completing this she decided to pursue her enthusiasm for academic research by studying for a PhD at the University of Roehampton where her supervisors were Prof David Hargreaves and Dr Susan Young.

She has since worked as Research Assistant on several projects in music education, including a survey of the work of the Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots’ organisation with Susan Young, the education wing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Sarah Hennessy, and Roehampton’s Froebel research projects with David Hargreaves and Sue Robson.

Her PhD thesis was an investigation into gender interactions in instrumental music lessons and she gave presentations on several aspects of this at international conferences including ICMPC and RIME.

Research interests

  • Instrumental teaching and learning
  • Music teaching and Gender
  • The educational outreach programs of arts organisations
  • Music in Early Childhood settings
  • Creative thinking in young children
  • Using technology in improvisation and composition with children aged 4 – 10
  • Using video-stimulated recall as a research tool with children.

Current projects

She is currently attached to Exeter University as part of the MIROR international research project in collaboration with Sony (France) examining the use of a novel music technology system to encourage reflexive musical interaction with children aged 0 – 10 years.

Alongside studies in children’s centres and primary schools, her current work on the MIROR project includes an exploration of the possible applications of this technology in instrumental lessons with children aged 6 - 10.


Robson, S. & Rowe, V (2012). Observing young children's creative thinking: engagement, involvement and persistence. International Journal of Early Years Education, 20:4, 349-364.

Rowe, Victoria (2012). Young children’s thinking in music. In Sue Robson: Developing thinking and understanding in young children: an introduction for students (2nd Edition.) Abingdon (UK) and New York: Routledge.

Williams, K., Bethell, E., Lawton, J., Parfitt-Brown, C., Richardson, M., & Rowe, V. (2011). Completing Your PhD. (Pocket Study Skills) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Williams, K., Bethell, E., Lawton, J., Parfitt, C., Richardson, M., & Rowe, V (2010). Planning Your PhD. (Pocket Study Skills) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hennessy, Sarah & Rowe, Victoria (2010). Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Research Report. Exeter: University of Exeter.

Rowe, Victoria Claire (2009). 'Using video-stimulated recall as a basis for interviews: some experiences from the field', Music Education Research, 11: 4, 425 — 437.

Young, Susan and Rowe, Victoria (2009). Chamber Tots in the Community: A Research Report. London: Wigmore Hall Learning.

Rowe, Victoria (2008). Patterns and consequences of gender interactions in instrumental lessons. Unpublished PhD thesis. University of Surrey, Roehampton.