Music - Research informed
The research interests of the teaching team inform the music
curriculum in many ways and students have a range of
opportunities to take part in that research.
Practice as Research in Music
All the staff at YSJ compose, and staff member
David Lancaster is currently studying composition for PhD
Practice as Research. We have a strong ‘hands on’ and
‘composing culture’ at YSJ running through many aspects of the
modules where students get an opportunity to experiment with sound,
devise compositions on their own and with others, perform and share
their compositions in lunchtime and evening concerts.
Researching Music in Everyday Life
Dr Liz Mellor is an established researcher and is Reader in
Music and Applied Arts. Liz’s publications include writing on
aesthetic development, creativity, composition, collaboration,
community music, singing, health and well-being in music education.
Liz’s research interests have involved a series
of ‘students-as-researchers’ projects iSING, iLEAP, iCOMPOSE.
Some of the research findings have contributed to developing the
university music curriculum and have contributed to
national/international conferences and publications.
- There are opportunities for students to be involved as research
assistants in research projects. Students can also apply for
the M.A. by Research and PhD (University of Leeds) to further their
research interests whilst studying at York St John.
- The YSJU CETL: C4C Singing, Health and Wellbeing Research
Fellowship included many students and contributed to Arts and
Health Research. We now have a popular research project in the
degree programme of the same name.
- Staff members Liz Mellor and Chris Bartram and many
students from the Community Music Module, are currently involved in
researching aspects of our CONVERGE initiative,
across music, dance and drama, for service users of Mental
- Research plays an important part in 3rd year work,
where students get an opportunity to research their own interests
supported by staff. We have had a range of very successful research
dissertations, and projects and presentations. In addition research
techniques are taught on the ‘Research and Enterprise’ Module in
Year 3, which give students the skills to link to the wider
community of arts practice and research and to devise, present and
share their research with others as a basis for
- Students have given presentations with staff across the
university community in relation to Teaching and Learning, have had
papers accepted at postgraduate conferences and have contributed to
national advisory groups e.g. The National Autistic Society.
Case Study 1 - The Patchwork
Composition Project »
Case Study 2 - SING »
Case Study 3 - Music in the Community
Case Study 4 - Arts and Health Project