mUSic or musIc?: Examining the role of cultural selves in affective experiences with music

Jonathan (Jaytee) Tang

Jonathan (Jaytee) Tang comes from the sunny island of Singapore. Jaytee read sociology and psychology at Singapore Management University, music therapy as well as contemporary writing and production at Berklee College of Music in the US, and graduated with a MA in Music Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in the US. He is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield, under the supervision of Professor Nicola Dibben and Professor Renee Timmers. Prior to his PhD, he worked as a music therapist in medical, special education, and mental health settings.

Jaytee's Project

Jaytee's doctoral research examines the intersections of culture, music, and emotions. More specifically, he is interested in how cultural models of selfhood influence affective experiences in music. His PhD project will focus on music preferences, perceived emotions in music, and felt emotions through music.

This research is supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (grant number AH/R012733/1) through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities.

Research interests

  • Culture, music, and health

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Social justice, anti-racism, anti-oppressive work