Sharing and supporting postgraduate research
The School’s first PGR Study Day for research students was held last month. Organised by PhD students Alicia Stark and Martin Curda, the event was an opportunity for the department’s research students to share their work and find out more about the support available from staff within the School.
Afterwards, Alicia said: “Cardiff's first PGR Study Day for School of Music research students was a great success. The wide range of topics presented by my fellow students shows the rich array of new research that is coming out of our department. It was fascinating to hear about new discoveries being made and new theories being formed, straight from the very people doing the work!
“I think the entire day was enriching, and it reminded us all that we are not alone in this PhD effort - there is a network of people facing the same trials and frustrations and triumphs. I hope that the success of this year's Study Day will help us to garner even more enthusiasm for future years.”
A number of current research students presented their work, including:
- Rachelle Barlow – WoMen of Harlech: Gendered Spaces and Historic Places in Welsh Choral Music (1870-1901)
- Ruth Morris – Postminimalism in Music
- Iwan Llewelwyn-Jones – Defining the Composer’s Intentions: Pianistic Sonority, Nuance and Expression in Ravel’s Jeau d’eau
- Martin Curda – String Quartets of Janáĉek’s Pupils from the 1920s
- Sam Murray – Performing the Nation, Writing its Song: An Ethnography of Performer and Songwriter Identity in the Eurovision Song Contest
- Leo Tobisch: Music and May ‘68
Gerald Lim from the University of Birmingham also spoke about his work on Allusions and their Significance in Alkan’s 12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys, op.39.
Staff members ran sessions on Writing Abstracts, Getting Published: Books and Journals, and Raising your Profile as a Researcher.
The School of Music offers three areas of postgraduate research – Musicology (including Ethnomusicology), Performance and Composition – which lead towards the degree of PhD, although each has a different mode of delivery. More information is available on our Postgraduate Research webpages.