Core research areas

Our research expertise encompasses four major sub-disciplines of musical research:

  • instrumental and vocal composition
  • electroacoustic and interactive composition
  • musicology
  • ethnomusicology

Many of our staff work across two or more of these broad fields, and most have interdisciplinary approaches to their specialisms.

Our research is strongly collaborative and involves partnerships with academic, cultural and community colleagues from across the world. Yet staff within the department also share interests in particular research questions, themes and approaches that are brought together in our seven core research areas.

The core research areas are explored thematically through our Thursday research afternoons. These allow us to interrogate key issues in music research from multiple angles, fostering imaginative and multi-layered responses that are both intellectual and creative.