Research

My current research interests are in three key areas namely music and health/wellbeing, music and social and developmental psychology and music and European music education. In terms of music and wellbeing, I am currently interested in the use of biomarkers and how the impact of music can be measured in those living with the final stages of dementia. Of further interest are questions about how music can be used to assist caregivers in the assessment of the physical and psychological wellbeing of those living in long term care facilities. I also have an interest in how music can be used in a positive way when moving from home into long term care.  I have current ongoing research work in the developmental psychology of music and how very young children develop gender stereotypical attitudes towards musical styles and musical instruments. Finally, I act as elected Deputy Chair of the Forum of European Music Pedagogy working with academic research colleagues from universities in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia.