Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Music

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Dr Karen Burland

Dr Karen Burland

Head of School and Associate Professor of Music Psychology

Dr Karen Burland was appointed to the staff at Leeds in 2005. She is currently Head of the School of Music. Karen has published book chapters and journal articles focusing on musical development, musical identities, the transition between higher education and performance/non-performance professions, audience participation in live events, and the benefits of music technology in music therapy. Karen is currently a University Student Education Fellow.

/ 0113 343 2579
School of Music, room G.03
Office hours: Tuesday 12.30-1.30pm, Friday 10-11am

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Dr Michael Spencer

Dr Michael Spencer

Associate Professor of Music, Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, Deputy Head of School and Chair of Programmes of Study and Audit Group

Born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Spencer studied composition with Graham Hair at Glasgow University where he received an MA in Music and Scottish Literature. Between 1997 and 2002, he completed a MusM and PhD in Composition with Geoff Poole at Manchester University. Between 1998 and 2004 he worked privately with James Dillon, on whose work he has published two articles and he has also studied in masterclasses with Richard Barrett, Steve Takasugi, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, Mathias Spahlinger and Pierluigi Billone. His music has been performed nationally, internationally, on BBC Radio 3 and is available on CD.

/ 0113 343 2530
School of Music, room 2.20
Office hours: Thursday 2.00-3.00pm and open door policy

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Dr Edward Venn

Dr Edward Venn

Director of Student Education and Lecturer in Music

Edward Venn was appointed at Leeds in 2013. Prior to that, he worked at Lancaster University (2001-13). He is Critical Forum Editor for the journal Music Analysis.

/ 0113 343 8210
Music Building, Room 2.12
Office hours: Wednesdays, 10.30-11.30am (except on 24 Feb and 16 March when it will be 12-1pm), or by email appointment

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Dr Simon Baines

Director of Research, Associate Professor

Research: orchestral performance practice and studies of national style in performance, particularly in the twentieth century (including oral histories, player biography, analysis of recordings). Roles:  Director of Research, Programme Leader BA Music.

/ 0113 343 2587
Office hours: Tuesday 09.00-10.00am (appointments can be booked at other times too)

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Jo Fairley

Jo Fairley

Senior Academic Coordinator

Jo will be Admissions Tutor from September 2016-18, and organises incoming and outgoing study abroad matters in the School. She's also instrumental/vocal teaching and performance coordinator.

/ 0113 343 2575
Room 2.19
Office hours: Monday 4.00-5.00pm

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Dr Ian Sapiro

Dr Ian Sapiro

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Music, and Taught Postgraduate Tutor

Ian Sapiro works principally in film music, musical theatre, orchestration and the overlaps between them. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications.

/ 0113 343 2418
School of Music, Room 2.09
Office hours: Tuesday 4-5pm

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Nicki Sapiro

Nicki Sapiro

School Education Service Manager

/ 0113 343 2546
School of Music, Room 2.01
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm

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Dan Merrick

Dan Merrick

Operations Manager / School IT Manager

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the School, encompassing estate management, health and safety, building security, the School’s AV / IT provision and management of the School’s facility hire process

/ 0113 343 8212
2.21, School of Music
Office hours: Thursday 09.00-10.00am

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