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Peter Johnson

Research Supervisor (part-time)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Professor of Music Peter Johnson was formerly Head of Research at Birmingham Conservatoire, personally establishing its research department in 1993. His DPhil was on early atonality in Webern and Schoenberg, and he has lectured on most areas of music history and musicianship, with specialisms in twentieth century history and analysis, improvisation and the philosophy and aesthetics of music. He has pioneered research on the practice and aesthetics of musical performance, drawing on his considerable earlier experience as keyboard player, choir training and conductor. He has published on several aspects of performance, including intonation in string quartet playing, recordings and the relationship between performer and listener. He has designed a comprehensive performance analysis tool named Span in which processes of spectral and spectrographic analysis are integrated and combined with methods such as tapping in a user-friendly framework designed for musicians.

He reviews regularly for several journals and is in the peer review college for the AHRB. He is a widely experienced examiner to PhD level, and has to date successfully supervised thirteen PhDs at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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