Canterbury Christ Church University Music

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Canterbury Christ Church University Music

Christ Church is well known for our full, varied and professional music programme. We aim to make music accessible and enjoyable to all – from classical and jazz to contemporary and commercial music, there’s something for everyone.




The MPhil/PhD in Music is offered by the University.

Staff members’ research is characterised by an emphasis on composition, performance, and the interface between the two.

Enquiries should be directed to Dr Robert Rawson.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr Erica Buurman:

  • music of the Classical and Romantic eras (particularly Beethoven)
  • nineteenth century musical culture (including reception history, music publishing, music used for social dancing)
  • sketch study

Dr Vanessa Hawes:

  • critical musicology (including: music and communication, performance analysis, music cognition and perception)
  • popular music analysis
  • twentieth century music

Dr Robert Rawson:

  • music of Central Europe (musicology/cultural history)
  • music before 1800
  • issues in musicology and performance practices

Dr Lauren Redhead:

  • aesthetics of music (in particular, 20th and 21st century music and philosophy, popular music)
  • socio-semiotics of music
  • practice-led research (composition, contemporary performance practice)
  • interdisciplinary and collaborative creative arts practice
  • analysis of 20th and 21st Century Music

Dr Maria Varvarigou:

  • music education across the lifespan, including Intergenerational music making, ear  playing and choral conducting education
  • music for health and wellbeing issues in Musicology and Performance Practices
  • effective teaching and learning in higher and professional education in music

Dr Matthew Wright:

  • composition, music technology and sonic art
  • free improvisation
  • hip hop and electronic dance music