Jobs and scholarships

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Funded PhD at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, beginning September 2018

Applications are invited for a funded doctoral Studentship beginning September 2018 to support research into the social impact of making music.

This collaborative doctorate is being offered by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a world-leading conservatoire based in the City of London, and the SIMM Platform (Social Impact of Making Music), an independent international scholarly association founded with support of the University of Ghent and the Baillet-Latour Fund of Belgium.

Research Area: the social impact of music making
The studentship seeks to encourage outstanding research into the practice of making music with specific communities with the intent to improve their own social position.

This is a burgeoning field of practice across the globe, encompassing projects of international scale and reach (such as El Sistema), outreach programmes of established arts organisations (such as the Barbican public events programme) and local grass-roots activities that have yet to be documented.

Such projects are proliferating, providing new opportunities for systematic and targeted research into current and historical practices and their implications in terms of the social impact of the arts. This studentship is a step towards grasping these opportunities.

This remains a relatively underexplored area in terms of research so the remit of the Studentship is broad: applicants are invited to propose projects on any aspect in line with the broad remit of the SIMM Platform. Priority will be given to strong proposals that make a convincing case for the contribution they will make to existing knowledge in this field.

Please also bear the following in mind:

The focus should be on social impact (rather than other intended benefits) and on participatory practices of making music (rather than listening to music). Given existing scholarship in music therapy and in the impact of music making on wellbeing and health, proposals relating to these areas are less likely to be successful.
The doctoral programme at the Guildhall School is exceptionally well-placed to support practice-based research. Proposals from applicants with professional experience and ongoing practice in socially-engaged music making are warmly invited. We also welcome applicants with professional expertise in evaluating social impact, particularly those proposing longitudinal studies of significant music-making projects.
Applicants are encouraged to take account of the global reach of the field, while also capitalizing on the opportunities afforded by Guildhall’s situation within the UK’s cultural capital and our relationship with the Barbican Centre.
The programme
The successful candidate will be registered as a doctoral student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and will receive a full fee waiver (EU or OS) plus a stipend of £13,000 per annum for a maximum of three years. Strong candidates who are not offered the full studentship may be offered a self-funded place on the programme with an opportunity to apply for a fee-reduction.

The studentship holder will follow the doctoral programme at Guildhall, with further support and opportunities provided by the SIMM Platform.

Application is by submission of a research proposal and an application form (including a personal statement), which will be assessed on the following criteria:

The proposal makes a convincing case that the proposed project will make an original and significant contribution to research on the social impact of music making. In doing so, it will demonstrate awareness of existing literature and practice.
That the proposed research is feasible in the three-year scope of the doctoral programme, designed in a robust and rigorous way with due attention to practical and ethical implications of researching this field.
That the candidate is prepared for doctoral study, with a good understanding of the skills and personal attributes that this requires (demonstrated in personal statement and references). They will need to be prepared to travel overseas in order to attend SIMM events.

Deadline for application is Wednesday 28 March 2018.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview during the last two weeks in April and the first week in May and the successful candidate notified by the end of May.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the guidance available online, to attend the doctoral open day on Wednesday 7 February 2018 and to submit a draft proposal for feedback in advance of formal application.


PhD to study narrative experiences of music at the University of Arkansas

The Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas is accepting applications for an opening in the Experimental Psychology PhD program in Fall 2018. This PhD student will work on an NSF-funded project using a cross-cultural approach to studying narrative experiences of music. Find out more about the project here or by contacting Elizabeth Margulis at

Application instructions can be found here.

The University of Arkansas offers generous fellowship packages to qualified applicants. Find more details here.

Fayetteville, Arkansas is a beautiful town nestled in the Ozarks with a thriving economy and arts scene and a low cost of living. In 2017, US News and World Report ranked it one of the top 5 places to live in the country. The region is home to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a world-class theater currently under construction, and the forthcoming Momentary, a visionary new space for the visual and performing arts.


Faculty Vacancy: Music, Northwestern University

Job description
The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University invites applications and nominations for a tenure-eligible faculty position in the Program of Music Theory and Cognition. The ideal candidate will complement current faculty strengths, and be committed to music theory as both a practical and academic discipline, engaging musicians in a comprehensive School of Music and the broader population of Northwestern as a research-oriented University. The position will be at the rank of Associate or full Professor, to begin September 1, 2018.

Required: PhD in Music Theory; proven record of a) scholarship as evidenced by publications and b) excellence in teaching music at the university level. Preferred: Proven record of successful teaching in a School or Conservatory of Music within a U.S. university.

Teach undergraduate core courses for Bienen School majors; teach upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in field(s) of expertise; direct and advise dissertations; participate in the activities of a School of Music in a research university.

Screening will begin September 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Provide letter of interest; curriculum vitae; and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to:

Music Theory and Cognition Search Committee
c/o Ms. Tonya Glover
Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2405

Feel free to contact Ric Ashley, chair of the search committee, with nominations or questions at:
r-ashley <at>