is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation in The Department
of Music at University of Edinburgh. Prior to this position he
was a Professor in the Psychology Department at Glasgow Caledonian
University where he led the Glasgow Caledonian Music Psychology
Research Group for 12 years.
After completing his PhD at the University
of Glasgow, investigating therapeutic applications of music, he
worked as Artistic Director for a music company, Sounds of Progress,
specialising in working with people who have special needs.
ongoing research focuses on issues relating to improvisation, musical
communication, music health and wellbeing, music education and
musical identities. He studies the processes and outcomes of music
participation and music listening and has a particular interest
in collaborative creativity. His work is informed by a view of
improvisation as a social, collaborative and uniquely creative
process that provides opportunities to develop new ways of working
musically. His work also contributes to debates highlighting the
ubiquitous importance of music, stressing that everybody has a
biological and social guarantee of musicianship. He runs music
workshops and lectures internationally and has published over 60
peer reviewed papers and book chapters.
He has co-edited four texts,
Musical Identities (2002) and Musical Communication (2005), Musical
Imaginations (2012) and Music Health & Wellbeing (2012) and
was editor of the journal Psychology of Music between 2006 and
2012. He is an associate editor for The International Journal of
Music Education, Jazz Research Journal, Research Studies in Music
Education, Musicae Scientiae and The Journal of Music Therapy.
He is involved in running Polyphony; a music project
providing access to musical activities for individuals with mental
health problems and is a Patron of Drake Music Scotland; a charity
who deliver music projects for children and young people with disabilities.
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Oxford University Press.
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