Scott Bannister (MA Applied Psychology of Music, 2015)
Scott studied at the University of Leeds in the academic year of 2014/2015, in which he completed a MA in the Applied Psychology of Music. He started his doctoral studies at Durham University in 2016, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Award. The doctoral research project focusses on the phenomenon of musical chills, a subjective emotional experience often accompanied by goosebumps, shivers or tingling sensations. Specific lines of investigation include assessing the underlying psychological mechanisms of musical chills by manipulating musical and acoustic features; and exploring the possible phenomenological differences across chills experiences, the need to consider and approach chills not as a fully unitary construct, but as numerous distinct responses that may be characterised by different emotions, and have differing routes of induction and psychological mechanisms involved.
Dr Naomi Norton (MA Applied Psychology of Music, 2012)
Naomi studied at the University of Leeds between 2007 and 2012 during which time she completed a BA in Music (2011) and a MMus in the Applied Psychology of Music (2012). Her subsequent doctoral studies at the Royal Northern College of Music were fully-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This research focused on an exploration of health-related topics in instrumental and vocal music lessons from the perspectives of teachers in the United Kingdom. She is now a musician with a varied portfolio that includes work as a Teaching Artist with In Harmony Opera North, private instrumental teaching, and freelance work with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). In addition, Naomi took on the role of Associate Lecturer in Music Education at the University of York in June 2017.
Becky Ward (MA Applied Psychology of Music, 2017)
Becky is now a qualified teacher and is looking forward to starting her first teaching post in September. She had the following to say about her time at Leeds.
"I started studying music psychology in my first year at university, and I loved it so much that I carried it on to Master’s level. I really enjoyed learning about how music affects different areas of our lives, and I loved the opportunity to learn about music through the lens of psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, economics, and so many other areas!"