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Together in music - Coordination, expression, participation.

This volume brings together contributions from 64 authors from Europe, Australia, Asia and America. The three parts of the volume focus on 1) social- and organisational aspects that shape ensemble rehearsal and performance, 2) the smaller scale expressive coordination and nonverbal communication that enables joint music performance, and 3) the longer-term affordances and challenges of group creativity in musical contexts. It should be of interest to music educators, music performers, music lovers as well as researchers from a variety of disciplines with an interest in group creative behaviour. More details and order options are here at OUP's website.

The videos below give a sense of the content of the book.

Nicola Pennill outlines research methods to investigate coordination in ensembles: https://youtu.be/z_2agslehp4

James Saunders exemplifies how he uses group processes in his compositions. https://youtu.be/Jn8j4N3Sd_o

Dave Camlin describes organisational dynamics in ensembles. https://youtu.be/oVt3pr9TegM

Su Yin Mak explains different types of agency in musical creativity and interpretation. https://youtu.be/UGje_AVX-6E

Christoph Seibert explains the use of Sociograms to visualise socio-emotional and communicational relationships among musicians during performance. https://youtu.be/s7yIhmDCTac

Nicola Pennill outlines tensions that influence the organic development of ensembles. https://youtu.be/h0aLVxvzjgA

Murphy McCaleb describes action research using distributed leadership in HE music ensembles. https://youtu.be/qHNG5Kx9dK4

Alexander Jensenius and Cagri Erdem discuss gestures in music. https://youtu.be/qXvaIMNF068

Naomi Norton argues for the need to consider musicians' health and wellness and the factor influencing it. https://youtu.be/6B1S9qY_wB4

Contributors from Sheffield: Renee Timmers, Michael Bonshor, Jennifer MacRitchie, Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey and PhD graduates Andrea Schiavio and Nicola Pennill.

Verna Vazquez (Families & Music, Mexico) introduces three fun activities to accompany music for families with infants from 0-3 years old.

Polly Ives (Concerteenies) invites you to fully enjoy music with your 3-5 year old by combining it with various activities.

Kate Wareham illustrates some of the ways young people use music to help manage mood and emotions

Nicola Pennill shares reflections on ways in which music can be part of later life.


The iResearch Music podcasts were launched on 3 July 2020

Featuring Caroline Curwen, Renee Timmers and interviews with people with synaesthesia. Created for the Festival of the Mind, 2018. Production: Thomas Wilson

Featuring Music in the Round, Tom McKinney, Henrique Meissner, Renee Timmers and Shen Li. Production: Kate Wareham

Featuring Nikki Dibben, Jacob Downs, Kate Wareham. Production: Jacob Downs


Research on music and other activities for wellbeing during Covid19

Interview with Rasheed Ogunlaru

Link to participate in the research: Published research

Videos supporting academia - getting published and semi-virtual conferencing

Video: Getting published in the field of music psychology

Webinar featuring Reinhard Kopiez (Hannover) and Renee Timmers. Organised by ESCOM.

Video: A semi-virtual conference format for international academic conferences

Documentary about ICMPC15/ESCOM10, which pioneered a new conference format across multiple location that helps to increase accessibility of conferences whilst decreasing the need to fly. Featuring John Sloboda (Guildhall), Richard Parncutt (Graz), among others.