Franziska Schroeder


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in any field that has music /music performance and improvisation at its focus. I am particularly interested in research that reaches beyond music and draws on other areas of research. Current interest includes designing musical environments in VR and working with disabled musicians.


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Personal profile


Franziska Schroeder is a saxophonist, theorist, and a Reader at the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen's University Belfast. She is a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy in the UK). She serves on the peer review panel for the UK's AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and is a registered expert for the EU's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Franziska was awarded her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and has since written for many international journals, including Leonardo, Organised Sound, Performance Research, Cambridge Publishing and Routledge. She has published a book on performance and the threshold, an edited volume on user-generated content and in 2014 a book on improvisation entitled "Soundweaving".

Franziska has performed with many international musicians including Joan La Barbara, Pauline Oliveros, Stelarc, the Avatar Orchestra, and Evan Parker. Franziska has released two CDs on the creative source label, a CD with Slam records, and a 2015 album (entitled 'Barely Cool" with improvisors from Brazil) on the pfmentum label.

Franziska is on the steering committee for the DRHA (Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts) conference, for which she was the Program Chair in 2010. She was the Artistic Director of the 2012 and the 2016 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, and is the initiator for the annual symposium series that runs alongside the Sonorities Festival.

Franziska was an AHRC Research Fellow between 2007-2009, where she investigated network performance environments. In 2013 Franziska was awarded 1 of 5 prestigious HEA Prof Sir Ron Cooke International Fellowships to carry out ethnographic work on improvisation in Brazil. In 2016 A Santander Mobility Scholarship extended her ethnographic enquiry into free improvisation practices into Portugal.


Research Statement

Franziska' research interests include the intersection of critical theory and digital performance, the role of the body in the age of technological change, as well as free improvisation practices.


BMus and BA Performance Module Convenor for Performance Modules.
School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast. All academic and administrative tasks.

Head of the Music Performance Programme, guiding over 145 performance students and liaising with around 40 tutors instrumental specialists and several community organisations.



Languages: German (native), Portuguese (fluent), French (Baccalaureat, 1992)

Kodály musicianship training: 1995 - 1998 and 2008 Intensive summer course

Advanced Video and Audio Editing Skills


Music, Yoga, Bike and Food

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Research Output

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    Manyness in Music Improvisation - Fernando Pessoa’s multiplicities, his differing selves examined in the practice of music improvisation: Routledge Handbook on Philosophy of Musical Improvisation, (edited by Prof. Alessandro Bertinetto and Dr Marcello Ruta.

    Schroeder, F., 15 May 2020, Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts. Bertinetto, A. & Ruta, M. (eds.). Routledge, 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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  • Music improvisation and Social Inclusion

    Schroeder, F., Samuels, K. & Caines, R., May 2020, In : Contemporary Music Review. 38, 5, p. 441-549 108 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue


  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland - New Work Commission Grant (£4k)

    Schroeder, Franziska (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Faculty Office AHSS (Organisational unit)

    Franziska Schroeder (Reviewer)

    01 Jul 202015 Jul 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Event)

    Franziska Schroeder (Member)

    20 Jul 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME) 2020: Paper Chair

    Franziska Schroeder (Chair), & Romain Michon (Chair)

    21 Jul 202025 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Performance Hybrid Machines: new forms of instrumentness in experimental musical praxes

    Franziska Schroeder (Examiner)

    14 Feb 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    New York University Abu Dhabi

    Franziska Schroeder (Visiting researcher)

    01 Feb 202025 Feb 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Press / Media

    Taran's Free Jazz Hour June 2018

    Franziska Schroeder


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Being Human Festival interview on Belfast 89FM

    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

    Performance Without Barriers - Designing inclusive music technologies to transform lives of disabled musicians

    Franziska Schroeder (Participant), Koichi Samuels (Participant) & Alex Lucas (Participant)

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

    Performance Without Boundaries - a Global Stage

    Franziska Schroeder (Participant) & Pedro Rebelo (Participant)

    Impact: Societial Impact, Cultural Impact


    Queer Identity in Performance in Northern Ireland

    Author: Rea, N., Jul 2016

    Supervisor: McMullan, A. (Supervisor), Campbell, A. (Supervisor), Phelan, M. (Supervisor) & Schroeder, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    The Roles of Gesture in Piano Teaching and Learning

    Author: Simones, L., Jul 2015

    Supervisor: Schroeder, F. (Supervisor) & Rodger, D. M. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy