PhD Cohort 2019
Funding: AHRC DTP
Project Title: Facilitating musical learning in Scottish Primary Schools
Supervisors: Prof Raymond MacDonald and Dr Nikki Moran, Edinburgh College of Art
What was your research about?
A qualitative study of what people involved in delivering music education think of as music, why, and how it might impact on access to music education, leading to the conclusion that music and music education are still largely framed through Western European Art Music and that these colonialities contribute directly to low confidence amongst teachers with regards to teaching music.
What made you apply for the SGSAH AHRC DTP?
I wanted to do a substantial research project and a PhD was a way to do it. I also wanted to pursue teaching work in HE, and a PhD felt necessary.
Which aspects of your PhD did you enjoy the most?
All of the interesting conversations and connections with people I got to make along the way and getting to dedicate my time and energy to one project.
How has your PhD helped you to decide on a career path?
It hasn’t, if I’m honest.
Some casual teaching, finishing up a postdoc, and lots of freelance work in the arts and as a researcher and consultant.
One piece of advice you would give an incoming PhD researcher?
Take holidays. The PhD is not the be all and end all of your life.
Where can people find you?