We supervise research at all levels, including up to doctoral level. RBC has a vibrant research community, including a number of staff and doctoral students working on projects related to music education. We are also proud to form part of the Birmingham Music Education Research Group, a collective of academic colleagues and research students who regularly host seminar events and networking opportunities.

Examples of current and recent research projects include:

    • PhD Projects
      • Emma Bryden: How, and to what extent do school songs contribute to UK independent senior school identity?
      • Samuel Harrison-Oram: A vocal pedagogy for the twenty-first century: an ethnographic portrait of one-to-one singing lessons in UK conservatoires.
    • Postgraduate Research Projects
      • Arnold Jacobs: Song and wind, How does this approach affect and influence modern brass players practice and learning? (MMus Instrumental Performance)
      • What strategies are used by performers to manage stress and anxiety in preparing for an opera? How do these strategies impact on perceptions of performance anxiety? (MMus Vocal Studies)
      • An Exploration of Music Performance Anxiety in a Conservatoire Woodwind Department (MA Musicology)
      • Constructive or Destructive? Assessing the Impact of Feedback in Instrumental Piano Lessons. (MA Musicology)
    • Undergraduate
      • Our undergraduate students undertake a range of research projects relating to music education. Recent projects include an exploration of learning and participation projects in UK orchestras, and an examination of what trends in music qualifications data reveal about the state of music education in Leicestershire.