Graduate Study

A siren points to the cadential formula in the office for Saint Cecilia. Vendôme, Bibliothèque Municipale 0017E, f. 527v.

I am interested in supervising projects on late-medieval music, basically in the period c.1200-c.1380. I will be most interested in your project (and particularly useful to you as a supervisor) if you want to work on anything involving any combination of the following: songs, motets, intertextual issues, broad cultural issues, court culture, music analysis, gender and sexuality studies, nature and animals, French literature, historiography, the ontology of music, Chaucer. If you have only vague ideas for a project in this area, I might be able to suggest something that would build on your interests and skills — just get in touch by email.

Ideal students should be willing to learn to read in modern German and an appropriate medieval language, willing to examine medieval manuscripts, and willing to engage with a spectrum of issues from the minutiae of musical details and the broadest of critical approaches. If you are interested in an academic career after your graduate work, I will offer you assistance with professional development, including the delivery of conference papers and job talks, IT and digital humanities use, and teaching.

My current and recent students are listed here (dates, where give, are completion dates). Please feel free to get in touch with them for the unvarnished account of what it’s like working with me! NB: I am on sabbatical leave 1 Oct 2015-30 Sept 2018; this means I am not currently involved in the Masters course at Oxford. However, I will still be taking on 1-2 doctoral students a year (to a maximum of 4 at any one time) during this period.

I am also interested in students coming for shorter periods from the home institutions as part of international exchange projects, such as ERASMUS. Just get in touch.

Current doctoral students

As supervisor:

  • from 2017: Jacob Mariani: The Medieval Fiddle
  • from 2014: Henry Drummond: The Cantigas de Santa Maria (twitter).
  • from 2014: Joseph Mason: The medieval French jeu parti.
As advisor:

Former doctoral students (with completion dates)

Postdoc mentoring
I am delighted to mentor early career researchers in the field of early music who have postdoctoral appointments in Oxford. If you would like to explore the possibilities for postdoctoral research work in Oxford, please get in touch with me or with one of my current or former postdocs.
Current postdocs:

Former postdocs:

  • 2015-2017. Mikhail Lopatin, BA/RS Newton Postdoctoral Fellow at St Hugh’s College.
  • 2010-2017. Katherine Butler, BA Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Assistant on the AHRC funded project, Tudor Partbooks (see Katherine’s research blog: Early Modern English Music). Katherine is now HEFCE Project Consortium Project Manager at the University of Leeds.
  • 2010-2013: Catherine Bradley, JRF at Queen’s College. Catherine went on to become Assistant Professor of Music at Stony Brook University and has just taken up a post at the University of Oslo. She will be in Paris at the IEA during the academic year 2017/18.
  • 2009-2012: Matthew Cheung Salisbury, RA for DIAMM. Matthew is now Lecturer in Music at University College, Oxford.
  • 2014-2016: Eleanor Giraud, Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at Lincoln College. Eleanor is now MA Course Director (Ritual Chant and Song) at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.