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Dr Richard Powell
Associate Lecturer



Richard Powell is a teacher and researcher in the areas of music analysis, musicology and music education. He studied at the University of York as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate. His doctoral thesis Articulating Time: Listening to Musical Forms in the Twenty-First Century explored the ways in which composers across the last two centuries have engaged with issues of temporal perception through structural approaches to sound. The thesis included analytical case studies comparing and contrasting music by Hans Abrahamsen, John Adams, George Benjamin, Thomas Adès and Kaija Saariaho, as well as by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Sibelius.

Since 2016, he has taught alongside Dr Elizabeth Haddon and Dr Naomi Norton on the MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching, on the MA Musicology pathway, and has led undergraduate modules focusing on critical approaches to nineteenth-century music. As a researcher, he is currently exploring ways in which the use of analytical strategies might inform and enrich pedagogical approaches. His work on John Adams has been published in Contemporary Music Review, and with Professor Tim Howell he has co-authored a chapter on timescale and environment in the music of Hans Abrahamsen and Kaija Saariaho that will be published in The Nature of Nordic Music (ed. Tim Howell, due 2019 with Routledge), a book project for which he has also acted as assistant editor.

In addition to working as a freelance violinist and instrumental teacher, Richard also regularly produces concert programme notes for a variety of ensembles and organisations, including the Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Liverpool Mozart Orchestras, as well as the University’s own York Concerts series.

Departmental roles

  • GTA Co-ordinator


Selected publications

Articles and book chapters:
• Co-authored with Tim Howell: ‘Telling the Time: Communication and Temporality in Nordic New Music’. In: T. Howell (ed.). The Nature of Nordic Music. London: Routledge, due 2019.
• ‘Accessible Narratives: Continuity in the Music of John Adams’. Contemporary Music Review, 33(4) (2014): 390–407.

• Articulating time: Listening to musical forms in the twenty-first century. University of York, PhD, 2017. Available at:



• Analysis of musical form and timescale
• Approaches to music analysis within instrumental and vocal teaching
• Exploring connections between old and new music
• Contemporary music



• Module leader: Developing themes: Music in the ‘long nineteenth century’
• Critical thinking and listening
• Sessions on Music Analysis, Sibelius, and The String Quartet projects


• Course tutor: MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching
• Course tutor: MA in Music: Musicology pathway

Richard Profile

Contact details

Dr Richard Powell
Associate Lecturer
Department of Music
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 32243