Melissa Kirby

Melissa Kirby


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 inclusive creative arts education programmes for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. I am co-supervised by Professor Karen Burland and Dr Freya Bailes and my research is funded by the Leeds Doctoral College. 

Research profile:

Research interests

My primary area of interest is music and disability. Specifically, I am interested in the impact of music and the arts on the everyday lives of people with disabilities. My research utilises an inclusive approach to capture the participant voice and enable people with disabilities to express their views and experiences. Specific areas of research interest include:

  • Music and Disability 

  • Creative Arts and Disability 

  • Musical Experiences of Disabled People

  • Fuctions of Music

  • Music and Wellbeing

  • Inclusive Research 

  • Participatory Action Research


  • MA Applied Psychology of Music
  • BA Music (Industrial)