Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Welcome to the website for  Music & Sonic Arts at Queen’s.

As you will see from the information contained within the site, we offer some of the most distinctive education programmes available in the UK and Ireland at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  Our research-led teaching activities range from ground-breaking music and engineering courses at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, through creative practice in composition and performance, to musicological research, source studies, and Irish traditional music research and performance.

We offer undergraduate programmes in Music (BMus) & Music Technology and Sonic Arts (BSc) as well as MA programmes in Music, Composition and Sonic Arts. The department also has a very large and vibrant community of over fifty postgraduates working on a range of creative, technical and musicological subjects across two sites of the School - the Music building and Sonic Arts Research Centre.

As a result of large-scale investment by the University, the performance programme at Queen's is now one of the most extensive in Ireland with tuition available to all students on the BMus, BSc and MA programmes. Additional practice rooms have been created for amplified performance activities and further practices rooms will be created in the next few years. 

There are also numerous performance ensembles in the School, including two orchestras, big band, improvisation and experimental ensemble, new music ensemble two choirs, brass band, and Irish traditional ensemble. Many of these groups are run by students in the School.  For further details, and information on the new developments in performance at Queen's, including the large ensembles, new appointments, the performance team, and scholarships, please click here: Performance @ Queen's.

Please browse our website and catch a glimpse of why Music at Queen's is so special!

Professor Michael Alcorn
Head of School

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    Research Output

    How we’re designing musical instruments with the help of disabled musicians and VR

    Schroeder, F. & Meireles, M., 15 Jan 2019, The Conversation.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
  • Musicking (beyond makers, listeners; impact of recognizing this category)

    Schroeder, F., 19 Mar 2019, The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 1538-1539 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • Spaces in Between – Towards Ambiguity in Immersive Audio Experiences

    Rebelo, P. & McKnight, M., 2019, International Computer Music Conference Proceedings.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Prizes

    4th prize in best paper Awards at DAFx-16, Brno, 2016

    Van Walstijn, Maarten (Recipient), Bridges, Jamie (Recipient) & Sandor Mehes (Recipient), 05 Sep 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • ACGB Bursary for Electroacoustic Music

    Waters, Simon (Recipient), 1989

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • ACGB Bursary for Electroacoustic Music

    Waters, Simon (Recipient), 1986

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Socially Engaged Arts and Global Challenges

    Pedro Rebelo (Advisor)

    09 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (Journal)

    Pedro Rebelo (Peer reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    El Oído Pensante (Journal)

    Pedro Rebelo (Peer reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Press / Media

    Som da Maré Press Coverage

    Pedro Rebelo


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Taran's Free Jazz Hour June 2018

    Franziska Schroeder


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    Being Human - a festival of the humanities (Northern Ireland Hub)

    Franziska Schroeder (Participant), David Grant (Participant), Kurt Taroff (Participant), Cahal McLaughlin (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Alex Murray (Participant), Sian Barber (Participant) & Paul Murphy (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact

    Concert at Berlin Improvisation Research Group (BIRG)

    Franziska Schroeder (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact, Cultural Impact

    Distributed Listening – socially engaged art

    Franziska Schroeder (Participant) & Pedro Rebelo (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Societial Impact