PhD Scholarship Awarded

By Emily Peasgood


July 2015


I am pleased to announce that I have received a full bursary and scholarship from Canterbury Christ Church University to support the final two years of my PhD research. During my first year of study I refined my proposal, commenced a pilot study to test my data collection methods, and undertook a literature review on selecting choral repertoire. My PhD is currently titled: “Arranging, Selecting and Composing Music for Amateur Adult Choirs”. I’m pleased with the progress  made so far and this scholarship will allow me to focus on my study more fully. Here is an excerpt, outlining my research, from my university student profile:

“The amateur choir movement has accelerated in recent years. Despite this rapid growth, there has been no systematic study of the musical repertoire that is available and utilised by choral leaders. I believe that repertoire ‘suitable’ for amateur choirs, by which I refer to repertoire that supports musical development and promotes enjoyment, is idiomatically written for the amateur voice and therefore includes a variety of melodic and harmonic elements to engage all members of the choir regardless of their ability and, supports musical wellbeing, contributing to the overall success of a thriving amateur choir with relation to regular attendance, motivation to learn, development of musical skills and enjoyment, leading to health and wellbeing benefits and successful performances. However, there is a lack of guidelines towards repertoire selection, arrangement and composition, and a lack suitable and available resources for amateur choirs, which poses a barrier to choral leaders when selecting repertoire for their choirs. Therefore, my research seeks to answer a selection of questions relating to criteria for repertoire selection, how the identity and experience of choral leaders may affect repertoire selection and, what repertoire is perceived to work ‘well’, or not well, and why. My data will be collected and analysed, utilising both qualitative and quantitative research methods, through an online survey of amateur choral leaders throughout the United Kingdom.”

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