Researching Music as Process

Framed by papers from Professor Eric Clarke (University of Oxford) and Dr Jason Toynbee (Open University), this Royal Musical Association (RMA) Study Day brings together researchers investigating the creative process in music from diverse disciplines, including sociology, ethnomusicology, psychology and anthropology, with the aim of discussing recent developments in the study of musical action, interaction, dynamism and change.

This concern to understand musical workings rather than the musical work – music as verb rather than noun – reflects a broader performative shift in musicology over the past thirty years. With this turn, however, have emerged various epistemological and methodological challenges. How can we make sense of music when there remain many hurdles to our measuring, accounting for and interpreting music and musical experience in its all changeability and flux?

This study day provides a forum for academics and graduate students to present their research and to discuss the potential challenges and advantages of their approaches from a number of interdisciplinary viewpoints.

The conference takes place on Friday 22 November, 09.00–17.30, in the Faculty of Music, St Aldate’s, Oxford.

Delegate rate: £10 (includes attendance fees and tea/coffee breaks). Free for RMA members and Oxford University Music Faculty students. Registration is open and must be booked online by 17.00 on Tuesday 19 November.

Lunch is provided for an additional £5 (optional, but recommended).

Please click here to download the study day schedule and to register your attendance. If you have any questions or difficulty with the registration process, please email Cayenna Ponchione and Emily Payne at