Established since before the Second World War with over 100 years of research the School of Music brings together internationally recognised scholars, performers, and composers.
Since 2013 projects by world leading researchers in the School have attracted more than £3m worth of funding support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and other major funders.
We’re exceptionally proud that according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 100% of our impact and environment submissions are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
The School supports a wide range of music research areas, including:
- composition (acoustic, electro-acoustic)
- performance, film music, music technology (history and development, computing, multimedia, musical instruments)
- music psychology
- historical and critical musicology
- popular music and culture
- music and literature
- music journalism
- music education
- music and wellbeing (health, environment, sustainability)
The School holds a lively Research Colloquium series comprising more than twenty seminars each academic year.
These are delivered by guest speakers, but also feature outcomes of staff and student research. Formats range from delivery of research papers to lecture-demonstrations, and composers and practitioners talking about their own work.
We are interested in the brightest and the best students from anywhere in the world to join our research teams.
We have a number of funded PhD projects and scholarship opportunities available across music.
We have a strong track record of collaborations with academic institutions facilitated by the White Rose and Worldwide Universities networks, grants from UK and European partners, RCUK, and the University’s creative partnership with Opera North (DARE). Music is also part of the University’s Culture, Society and Industry Transformation Fund initiative, and participates in the Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange.
Research staff in the School collaborate on projects within:
Leeds University Centre for English Music (LUCEM)
Leeds University Centre for Historically Informed Performance (LUCHIP)
The School of Music hosts: Institutional Centre for Scientific Research in Music
The School contributes to: Centre for Practice-Led Research in the Arts