The Musical Cultures and Communities research cluster (MCC) investigates music as a product of its social, cultural and historical contexts, but also how music forms, articulates and mediates social and cultural identities. It takes fresh approaches to engaging new audiences for music.

In exploring these themes MCC brings together contemporary, historical and pedagogical perspectives and ranges across popular, jazz, classical and experimental traditions through all periods.

Areas of expertise include analytical techniques; archival, editing and source studies; critical, cultural-historical and digital musicologies; interdisciplinary and cross-arts collaboration; music psychology; sociology; music education; and practice research. 

Key themes

  • Music, place and space
  • Music, politics and institutions
  • Voice, text and embodiment
  • Mutability and the ‘musical work’
  • Listening, performance and reception
  • Musical creativity in education and community practices
  • Inclusivity, wellbeing and social change

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School of Arts and Creative Technologies
+44 (0)1904 325220



Using the latest technology to create an online archive of concert memorabilia.

Sound heritage

Understanding how music functioned in the life of historic houses.

South African jazz cultures and the archive

Understanding and documenting the musical priorities of jazz musicians in South Africa.


Addressing the equality gap in music provision for children with complex needs.

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The Musical Cultures and Communities Research Cluster has three groups that conduct research and explore the topic in more detail.

Contact us

School of Arts and Creative Technologies
+44 (0)1904 325220