Claire Castle


I am a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leeds. Working from the Department of Music, my doctoral research explores the everyday musical experiences of adults and adolescents with visual impairments. I am co-supervised by Dr Karen Burland and Dr Alinka Greasley and my research is funded by a University of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship.

I began my doctoral studies after completing a Masters in the Applied Psychology of Music here at the University of Leeds (MMus), before which I studied Music at the University of Birmingham (BMus), with a primary focus on musicological research. Alongside my PhD, I have been a tutor with UK charity, the Brilliant Club, teaching a self-designed course which exlpores psychological approaches to everyday music listening to Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 pupils. I am also a keen sportsperson and a volunteer coach with the charity Row Leeds.

Research interests

My primary research interests lie in the field of everyday music listening, with a particular interest in the psychological functions fulfilled by music, and its role in well-being outcomes.

  • Listening behaviours
  • Functions of music listening and music-making
  • The impact of technology on musical engagement
  • Live music and accessibility
  • Music and well-being
  • Music in therapy, & Music as therapy
  • Mixed-methods
  • Accessible and inclusive research
  • Representing underrepresented groups


  • BMus
  • MMus