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Deputy Principal (Programmes and Research): Timothy Jones MA, DPhil, LTCL


Much of the research activity is ‘practice- based’, focused on the practical aspects of music in the areas of performance and composition. This encompasses the analysis and application of collection materials (including manuscripts, marked scores, historic instruments, and museum artefacts) as well as the critical and reflective study of practice itself. In addition, staff researchers have collaborative relationships with researchers from other disciplines, including instrument making, the visual arts, architecture, art history, museum curatorship, and computing.


Professor Simon Bainbridge FRCM, Hon RAM (Senior Professor in Composition)


Rachel Chaplin MA, MMus, PhD, LRAM Sarah Callis BA, PhD, Hon ARAM Gary Carpenter LRAM, ARCM


Philip Cashian BMus, DMus, Hon ARAM (Head of Composition)


Roderick Chadwick MA, MMus, LRAM, ARAM Brian Elias


David Gorton BA, MMus, PhD, ARAM (Postgraduate Tutor and Associate Head of Research)


Raymond Holden PhD, Hon ARAM (Associate Head of Research (Collections))


Roy Howat MA, PhD (Research Fellow) Daniel-Ben Pienaar Dip RAM, MMus, ARAM David Sawer BA, DPhil Peter Sheppard Skærved LRAM, ARAM


Jeremy Summerly MA, MMus, Hon RAM (Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music) Briony Williams BMus, MMus, PhD, FTCL


The Academy’s Research Culture Research at the Academy is centred on the interaction of performers, composers, and scholars. We maintain a strongly collaborative environment, in which intellectual and creative curiosity is encouraged in both students and staff alike. An evolving dialogue between all members of our community aims to re-evaluate and build on our musical heritage and performance traditions, and to generate new types of creative practice.


The research undertaken by staff at the Academy informs and enhances all areas of teaching, whether through testing the boundaries of innovative professional practice, the exploration of performance traditions and key historical figures, or the currency of academic modules. The Academy’s regular research events are open to students, staff, and members of the public. These include interviews with leading figures from the music profession, lecture recitals, academic papers, and experimental workshops. The research events are filmed for archival purposes and make up the Academy’s Performance Research Collection.


The world-leading quality of research at the Academy was recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, where the Academy was rated highest of the UK music conservatoires in terms of research quality. The Academy has a successful record in attracting research funding, and is unique among the conservatoire sector in having two AHRC Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts.


Research Degrees: Introduction The Academy’s research degrees are aimed at performers and composers who already have highly developed skills and focused career aspirations. Students work with an individual supervisor and a team of creative staff at the Academy to develop their work through engaging in a substantial research project. This will normally be directly connected to and driven by creative


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activity as a performer or composer but will also require a critical context and critical reflection.


Since the introduction of the research degree programme in 2000 the Academy has made advances in establishing approaches to the disciplines of practice- based research that are distinctive to the institution and its environment. These have been encouraged through an ongoing series of research workshops held in the museum, and through educational developments on the taught degree programmes. Research degree students are thus invited to become part of an active community and to take a lead in furthering practice-based approaches to research questions and processes.


The Academy offers two-year MPhil and three-year PhD awards. Offered as awards of the University of London, both programmes ensure their distinctiveness by being based on the same premise as all other Academy degrees: of students reflecting the highest possible practical standards.


The closing date for receipt of applications (MPhil in the first instance, with transfer to PhD usually taking place in the second year of study) is 16th January 2012.


Please contact Neil Heyde, email n.heyde@ram.ac.uk, if you have any questions about the research degree programme.


Teaching Delivery For both MPhil and PhD, you will be allocated 30 hours of supervision per year. You may apply for a further year to complete or ‘write up’ your portfolio or dissertation at a reduced rate. Supervision hours are divided between academic and practical supervision as negotiated with the Research Degrees Board and your principal supervisor.


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