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Research and Impact

  • We are internationally recognised for our expertise distinct research areas in musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, music and science, composition and performance. 
  • Our research impacts on the world beyond academia through performances and recordings, exhibitions, talks and education projects.
  • We welcome enquiries from prospective research students, postdoctoral or visiting researchers.
  • We are committed to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in music research, and support the development of open research and capitalise excellent research facilities. 

 

  • Discover our Research Areas

    We carry out research in historical musicology and analysis; psychology, empirical musicology and ethnomusicology; performance and composition (both acoustic and electronic).
    People at a computer studying a musical performance
  • Research Spotlights

    Our research crosses boundaries, whether disciplinary, thematic, or national. Find out more here.

Discover our Research Areas

We carry out research in historical musicology and analysis; psychology, empirical musicology and ethnomusicology; performance and composition (both acoustic and electronic).
People at a computer studying a musical performance

Research Spotlights

Our research crosses boundaries, whether disciplinary, thematic, or national. Find out more here.

Watch Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Dr Erin Johnson-Williams talk about her research

Upcoming events

Leverhulme Lecture- Dancing Divas: La sonnambula on Video in 1950s Italy

Tuesday 7 February 2023 - Tuesday 7 February 2023
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
In person - Room PG20, Palace Green
Photograph of Professor Emanuele Senici

Transformative Mimicry: finding space and breaking the frame of one’s practice

Tuesday 14 February 2023 - Tuesday 14 February 2023
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Online via Zoom
A black and white photograph of Cassandra Miller

Ubiquitous audiency: Attention and everyday musical encounters in China

Tuesday 21 February 2023 - Tuesday 21 February 2023
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Concert Room
A colour photograph of Dr Sam Horlor

Towards an Ethnomusicology of Orchestration and Ensembles

Tuesday 28 February 2023 - Tuesday 28 February 2023
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Online via Zoom
Colour photograph of Professor Michael Tenzer

Get in touch

We strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching that will assist our students to achieve their full potential as thinking, creative musicians and scholars.

Department of Music
Durham University
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RL
UK