MA Musicology Course Director, Professional Performance - AdvPgDip Course Director, Assistant Director of Postgraduate Studies
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Siân Derry is a Senior Lecturer in Music, and MA Musicology Course Director, Professional Performance - AdvPgDip Course Director and Assistant Director of Postgraduate Studies at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She joined the Conservatoire in 2015, having previously taught at the University of Manchester.
Siân completed her BMus Hons degree as a pianist and MMus in Musicology at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and was subsequently awarded a Wingate Scholarship to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Manchester with Professor Barry Cooper. Her thesis is entitled ‘Beethoven’s Experimental Figurations and Exercises for Piano’. In 2013 she became a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Manchester for an AHRC-funded cultural engagement project, examining the history of music and music education in Manchester. Her research focussed specifically on the work and concert programming of Charles Hallé.
Siân has a broad range of research interests, including Beethoven, piano pedagogy and organology, critical editing and performance practices of the 18th and 19th Centuries. She is a founding member of the Manchester Beethoven International Research Symposia, established in 2009, and has presented on a diverse range of topics over this period. She is also a member of the Conservatoire’s Forum for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Music.