What's the Big Idea?
The overall focus of my research is to demonstrate that musical entrainment (e.g. rhythm and harmony) and interpersonal neurobiological ‘resonance’ are sympathetically entangled, and that people experience this entanglement in ways which support wellbeing. Whether that's moshing to a metal band, singing in a community choir, jamming with your mates, or listening to a concert or a playlist of your favourite songs, music as a complex human activity is something which helps us feel good.
There are three aspects to trying to prove (or dis-prove) this hypothesis:
- How do we put people's experience of 'musicking' at the heart of our understanding of its value?
- How do we
How do we train musicians?
On this website, you can find:
- Details of my current research;
- Academic publications like journal articles, book chapters and conference papers;
- Other publications like reports, blog posts;
- Various presentations which accompany publications, speeches and papers.
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I achieved my doctorate (DProf) in 2016 for my work on 'music in three dimensions' which advanced a philosophy of music where musical performance and participation are united through a shared concern with music's capacity to transform people and society. Since then, I've focused on developing a stronger understanding of group singing as a way of promoting the creativity, social capital, health and wellbeing of those who participate in it, especially those on the margins of society.