Current Projects

Current research areas within the Music in Human and Social Development Research Group

  • Embodied Music Cognition
  • Community Choirs
  • Music and Dyslexia
  • Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity
  • Music and Health
  • Music and Disability
  • Musical Identities

Previous External Research Collaborations

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Lucy Forde, Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly, Kirstin Anderson, Ana Almeida, Graeme Wilson, Emma Moore & Katie Overy

Introducing creative musical activities performed with professional orchestral musicaians to improve the quality of life and sense of well being in patients living with dementia. For further information about SCO ReConnect:

Nadine Gaab, Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital

Emma Moore, Katie Overy, Jennifer Zuk, & Nadine Gaab

Exploring auditory processing skills in dyslexic and non-dyslexic musicians and non-musicians.

Music in the Community

Music in the Community is based around an undergraduate honours course at the University of Edinburgh, which includes a supervised weekly placement during which students deliver music workshops within a community setting. In recent years, students have also taken part in new site specific music theatre productions composed and created by course director Dee Isaacs. Over the past 12 years, eight music theatre projects involving large numbers of primary school children from areas of significant deprivation within the City of Edinburgh have taken place at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, in addition to projects in other landmark locations across the city such as the National Museum of Scotland, Talbot Rice Gallery and Old College Quad. Participation in the delivery of such a large scale community music projects allows students to increase their repertoire of musical techniques, activities, and games, giving them the tools to become more effective music educators in the future.

Music in the Community projects also take place in The Gambia, West Africa and to date we have taken four groups of staff and music students to work at Deeper Life School in Kotu. Here the focus is on the links between music and development of language/literacy skills as well as introducing the concept of active learning and the benefits of using the arts across the curriculum.

To read more about the Music in the Community course please visit the course Facebook page: