I am a postgraduate researcher working within the School of Music at the University of Leeds. My doctoral research explores the outcomes of participation in the Purple Patch Arts Lifelong Learning programme, a Yorkshire-based creative arts education programme for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Utilising a Participatory Action Research approach and a range of creative arts-based methods, the project seeks to understand and capture the experiences of Purple Patch Arts participants, and to identify the outcomes of creative arts-based learning. I am co-supervised by Professor Karen Burland and Dr Freya Bailes and my research is funded by the Leeds Doctoral College.
My primary area of interest is music, the arts and disability. Specifically, I am interested in the impact of music and the arts in the everyday lives of people with disabilities. I am also interested in inclusive research approaches that faciliate the active involvement of disabled people in all stages of research.
Specific areas of research interest include:
Music, Creative Arts and Disability
Musical Experiences of Disabled People
Inclusive Research Approaches
Participatory Action Research
Functions of Music
Music and Wellbeing
- MA Applied Psychology of Music
- BA Music (Industrial)