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.
- 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
- Music Education Research
- Early Music Research Group
- MCC Listening and Reading Group
- Opera and/as Activism (Aine Sheil, Rachel Cowgill)
- InConcert: Towards a Collaborative Digital Archive of Musical Ephemera (Rachel Cowgill)
- The Nature of Nordic Music (Tim Howell)
- From Score to Sound: Engaging Audiences with New Music (Tim Howell)
- South African Jazz Cultures and the Archive (Jonathan Eato)
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