Chairs: TDCÉ Postgraduate Forum
Ethnomusicologists have long discussed the impacts of research within the field, from acknowledging the shadows they cast, to the potentials of creating change from research findings through Applied Ethnomusicology. This talk introduces a current research project, Access Folk, which has at its core methods which actively target change as the research itself. Applying Action Research methods to a music context, we are looking at the ways music is currently practised, identifying the issues involved and devising and testing methods for increasing and diversifying participating in folk singing in England. It has been essential to engage practitioners at all stages of the research design and delivery in order to make this work genuinely impactful, and co-production approaches are an integral part of the work. During this online session, there will be time to reflect on the potential for employing the methods introduced within your own research activities.
Dr Fay Hield is Senior Lecturer in Music at The University of Sheffield as well as a folk singer and director of Soundpost, a folk community music organisation.