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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Sonic Arts is active. These topic labels come from the works of this organisation's members. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Acoustic waves Engineering & Materials Science
acoustics Physics & Astronomy
Acoustics Engineering & Materials Science
strings Physics & Astronomy
acoustic simulation Physics & Astronomy
Loudspeakers Engineering & Materials Science
microphones Physics & Astronomy
rooms Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 1980 2019

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
musician
conversation
music
editor

Music by Strings

Rebelo, P., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Music
Strings
Sound
Soundscape
Art

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

Listeners
Music

Prizes

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

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ACGB Bursary for Electroacoustic Music

Simon Waters (Recipient), 1986

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Electroacoustic music

ACGB Bursary for Electroacoustic Music

Simon Waters (Recipient), 1989

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Improvisation
Electroacoustic music

Activities 1994 2019

Trabalho, ferramenta ou ‘papel de parede’: A música de catálogo na criação audiovisual online

Pedro Rebelo (Examiner)
2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

NI Science Festival 2019

Franziska Schroeder (Organiser)
23 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Reflective Practice In Hybrid Sound Fields: Reconceptualising Sound-Based Composition For The Mixed Reality Continuum

Pedro Rebelo (Examiner)
2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesPGT external examination

Press / Media

Som da Maré Press Coverage

Pedro Rebelo

20/02/2019

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Taran's Free Jazz Hour June 2018

Franziska Schroeder

06/06/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Impact

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