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Dr Hannah Rodger
Associate Lecturer



Hannah Rodger ATCL is an Associate Lecturer in the field of music education and a researcher in the fields of music education and English church music. She studied at the University of York both as an undergraduate and postgraduate (BA in Music, 2016; MA in Music – English Church Music Pathway, 2017, supported by a WRoCAH scholarship). She subsequently completed her PhD also at the University of York (2021) which was fully funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities and a Durham Residential Research Library Fellowship. Hannah’s doctoral thesis was entitled Revealing the Complexities that Surrounded Sacred Music Practices, Preferences, and Prejudices in Early Seventeenth-Century England. This research included case studies concerning the early Stuart Chapel Royals, Durham Cathedral, and the fate of musical artefacts during the Civil War and Interregnum. These addressed how prevalent certain musical practices, prejudices and preferences actually were (compared to previous scholarly research) and whether they were solely theologically motivated.

During her postgraduate studies at the University of York, Hannah worked for several years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching course and other undergraduate and postgraduate research-related modules and courses. These included delivering undergraduate modules relating to the evolution of musical religious dramas from the medieval period to modern-day musicals. She also worked for the University of York Music Press as an Editorial Assistant (2016-2020).

Hannah took up her current position as an Associate Lecturer for the MA Music Education course in 2021. Alongside diverse teaching responsibilities for this course, Hannah is also a secondary music teacher in Northampton having completed her QTS with a PGCE. Hannah is currently expanding her research interests further, specifically regarding the benefits of collaborations between classroom and peripatetic music teachers. Beyond this, Hannah also enjoys undertaking vocal, instrumental and music theory freelance teaching and ensemble leadership roles.



Hannah's main research interests concern:

  • English Church Music 
  • Editing
  • Historical performance practices within instrumental and vocal teaching
  • Intergenerational music education
  • Music theory understanding for international trainee instrumental/vocal teachers


Selected publications

Rodger, Hannah. ‘The Tears of London.’ Program paper for Teares of London: Musique sacrée de la renaissance anglaise. Ensemble Jacques Moderne. Joël Suhubiette. Tour, 2018-19.



  • The evolution of musical religious dramas – From the Ordo Virtutum to The Book of Mormon


  • Tutor on the MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching

Contact details

Dr Hannah Rodger
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2870