Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Kate Blackstone

PhD Candidate in Music Psychology

Kate’s research focuses on students leaving conservatoires and music college, exploring the trials and tribulations of building a music career post-graduation.


Kate graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010, and the Royal Northern College of Music in 2011, from the demanding Joint Course. Since then she has forged a successful freelance career as a musician, combining a busy teaching schedule with frequent performances on both piano and clarinet, her principal instrument. Kate finally channelled her academic enthusiasm (also known as ‘nerdy tendencies’) into an MMus degree in Applied Music Psychology at the University of Leeds, which she passed with distinction in 2015. She is delighted to return as a full time PhD candidate this year, supported by the Stanley Burton Research Scholarship.

Research Projects & Grants

Stanley Burton Scholarship, 2015

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