Please note the deadline of 9 December.
From: IASPM UK and Ireland <IASPMUK-AND-I@JISCMAIL.AC.UK> on behalf of Simon Zagorski-Thomas <Simon.Zagorski-Thomas@UWL.AC.UK>
Sent: 28 November 2018 17:51
Subject: Some More PhD Scholarships at UWL
The University of West London (London College of Music) is now offering PhD scholarships for highly motivated individuals. These are open to all UK/EU students who qualify and include:
- PhD fee waiver at the Home/EU rate
- tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum
The principal subject areas are outlined below:
Other ideas will also be considered – contact to discuss.
Closing date for applications: 9 December 2018, 23:59.
Interviews will take place shortly afterwards. Please note that the university expects shortlisted applicants to attend face-to-face interviews. The scholarships will commence in January 2018.
Further details can be viewed at:
Preliminary enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org , who will be delighted to discuss the interests of potential applicants, and help to shape the proposed theme of any application.
Performance in the Studio: communication and interaction between musicians and technicians in the recording environment
The study of communication and interaction in the recording studio is an ongoing theme in the musicology of record production and this project would focus on a relevant aspect of LCM's world-leading research in this area. The prospective student should choose a specific focus such as contemporary song writing techniques, recording improvisations, performing for sound-to-picture work etc. Working with a theoretical framework drawn from embodied
/ grounded cognition and network- or system-based creativity, this project would utilise filmed recording sessions, interviews and stimulated recall to explore the ways that musicians and technicians work together in the studio environment.
An Embodied / Ecological Approach to Audio Mixing
Building on LCM's world-leading research into the notion of sonic cartoons this project would explore the connections between the complexities of 'real-world' sonic phenomena and the use of audio production and processing tools to create schematic representations that afford related metaphorical interpretations. This project will explore these metaphorical connections through analyses of the 'real-world' phenomena and the construction of instrumental timbres, audio panoramas and musical narratives that utilise schematic features from the analyses. The analysis techniques will combine spectrographs, musicological description and audience / expert surveys to triangulate these forms of evidence.
Part Learning in Popular Music Performance: tacit learning of tacit knowledge in a popular music ensemble context
Much of the process of part writing and arranging in popular music ensembles is unspoken and often even unconscious. Using a process of filmed rehearsals, interviews and stimulated recall, this study will seek to explain the ways in which popular musicians acquire this form of tacit knowledge and synchronise their actions into a 'head arrangement'. The study will use theories of situated learning, embodied / grounded cognition and network- or system- based creativity. This approach to learning will then inform a series of proposals for incorporation into ensemble-based performance pedagogy. Ideally the candidate will propose ways in which the impact of this research can be exploited in conjunction with LCM Exams and their international network.
Elizabeth Pipe is Senior Lecturer at the London College of Music: For informal queries about this PhD project, please contact Dr Pipe at email@example.com
A creative practice-as-research approach to exploring issues of gender, music and technology
Staff at LCM established the international 21st Century Music Practice research network and are at the forefront of practice-as-research in music. This project will continue the process of refining rigorous methodologies in practice-as-research while also furthering UWL's
research excellence in the field of gender studies. In addition to creative practical work the candidate will use the exegesis of the PhD to illustrate and explain the development of new technical and/or metaphorical musical language, concepts and structures that illuminate aspects of the gender studies agenda. Ideally the project will propose ways in which the creative output can contribute to LCM's research impact agenda.
Sara McGuinness is Associate Professor at the London College of Music: For informal queries about this PhD project, please contact Dr McGuinness at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Feldenkrais Method: Beyond Improved strategies for musical practice
Since its inception the somatic learning technique founded by Mosche Feldenkrais has been associated with performing arts-training. Feldenkrais worked with the guitarist Narciso Yepes, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and the conductor Igor Markevitch. Scholarship on Feldenkrais and musicians has focused primarily on mechanical technique rather than developing new thinking and practices of listening and learning from the history, aesthetics, and the underlying strategies and philosophy of embodiment intrinsic to the Method. The proposed PhD would develop new pathways to practice (multi-modal approaches to problems for example) from these contexts and trial them with London College of Music students to connect theory and practice.
Robert Sholl is Professor of Music in London College of Music. For informal queries about this PhD project, please contact Professor Sholl at email@example.com