Dr Emily Payne
- Position: Lecturer in Music
- Areas of expertise: collaboration; creativity; embodiment; performance studies (particularly of 20th-century music); materiality; psychology of performance; anthropological approaches to western 'art' music
- Email: E.L.Payne@leeds.ac.uk
- Location: 1.16 School of Music
- Website: Academia.edu profile | ORCID
I am a Lecturer in Music. From 2015 to 2018 I was a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded John Cage and Concert for Piano and Orchestra project, led by Prof. Philip Thomas (Huddersfield) and Prof. Martin Iddon (Leeds).
I undertook my PhD at the University of Oxford, employing an ethnographic approach to examine the creative processes of clarinet performance. I hold a BMus in clarinet performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and an MMus in Advanced Musical Studies (Performance Studies) from Royal Holloway, University of London.
My work is published in Contemporary Music Review, cultural geographies, Musicae Scientiae, and Music & Letters. I am co-editor of the Handbook of Time in Music, under contract with Oxford University Press. I also hold the role of Editorial Assistant at Music & Science.
Current Research Students (Co-supervisor)
- Admissions Lead
- School Academic Lead for Inclusive Practice (Schools of Music and Performance & Cultural Industries)
- Library Representative
My research profile centres on the psychology of music and performance studies, with particular expertise in creativity, collaboration, and post-war music. My PhD employed ethnographic methods to investigate the creative processes of contemporary art music by studying collaborations between professional clarinettists and composers. The thesis was based on qualitative data collected through semi-structured interviews with musicians and audio-visual footage of workshops, rehearsals, and performances, alongside analyses of sketch materials and score annotations. Adopting an ecological perspective and drawing on theories of craft and distributed creativity, my research developed a new understanding of what it means to be creative when working with a score, by questioning the prevailing notion of creativity as innovation. Findings from the project have been published in Contemporary Music Review, cultural geographies, Musicae Scientiae, and Music & Letters.
My previous position as Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded project, ‘John Cage and the Concert for Piano and Orchestra’ (2015–18) developed my research interests in indeterminate experimental music and practices. The project explored issues of historicity, analysis, reception, and performance in relation to the Concert. A significant element of our research was an examination of the piece as it relates to performance and practice. Audio-visual material from this research will be published as a documentary resource on the project’s public website, which will provide new perspectives on performing the Concert and indeterminate music more generally. I am co-editor of a volume of essays, Performing Indeterminacy, currently in preparation, which presents selected papers from the project’s international conference of the same name, including my own chapter examining performer perspectives on the Concert.
My most recent research project, undertaken in collaboration with Philip Thomas (University of Huddersfield), examines the ensemble Apartment House rehearsing and recording Christian Wolff’s Exercises (1973–74). Using video recordings of the sessions and interviews with musicians and the composer, our research offers a view of ensemble interaction and group dynamics that is grounded in both the momentary interactions between musicians and the cultural knowledge and conduct that are animated by Wolff’s notation. Findings from the project will be published in a volume of essays, Finding Democracy in Music (Routledge Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century), edited by Robert Adlington and Esteban Buch. My future research plans are to build on this project by undertaking a more in-depth investigation of the psychological phenomena and mechanisms of performing indeterminate ensemble music<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- DPhil Music (Oxon)
- MMus Advanced Musical Studies (London)
- BMus Performance
- Dip ABRSM Teaching Skills
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Royal Musical Association
- Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE)
I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and assessment across a range of music and music psychology provision in the School of Music.
Research groups and institutes
- Music, Science and Technology
- Music as Culture