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Name: David Holland 

PhD: Music, Technology and Innovation

Thesis Title:  Listening to the inner soundscape: A pedagogical tool for opening minds to sound-based music through creative practice.


Thesis Description:

My project builds on previous educational research into widening access to electroacoustic music as well as my Masters research that investigated the concept of heightened listening. Heightened listening can be defined as a close concentration on sound that allows recognition of the source, which differs from other listening strategies used for electroacoustic music, such as reduced listening, where the sound’s source is ignored. In my Masters research I investigated if this could be used as an access tool for electroacoustic music for Key Stage 3 children (11-14 yr olds). My PhD project aims to develop this further by investigating the use of heightened listening, with emphasis on the imaginative aspects of this listening strategy, as a compositional tool that could facilitate greater engagement with sound-based music for Key Stage 2 children (7-11 yr olds).

In order to do this I am organising case studies in different Primary schools that consist of a series of workshops where children create sound compositions from sounds they have recorded around their schools. To help children explore imaginative associations with sounds, creative writing exercises are used to facilitate the development of themes and narratives that form the basis of sound compositions, which are created using audio editing software.


Supervisors and Institution(s): Professor Leigh Landy DMU

Dr. Sarah Younie DMU


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

year: 2015

  • Participant on the Doctoral Student Forum for Music Education, 24-26 March, EAS Conference, Rostock, Germany.
  • Paper at 23rd EAS Conference, Open Ears - Open Minds: Listening and Understanding Music, 25-28 March, Rostock University of Music and Drama, Rostock, Germany,  Listening to the inner soundscape: A constructivist model for opening minds to sound-based music.

year: 2014

  • Paper at SEMPRE Conference, Researching Music Technology in Education: Critical Insights, 3 - 4 April 2014, Institute of Education, University of London, A constructivist model for opening minds to sound-based music

  • Finalist at the Bangor Dylan Thomas Prize for Electroacoustic Composition at Bangor University.

year: 2013

  • Paper at SSSP Conference 2013, De Montfort University, Leicester, Listening to the inner soundscape: A pedagogical tool for opening minds to sound-based music.

year: 2012

  • Keynote at SSSP Conference 2012, De Montfort University, Leicester, Writing as an aid to internalized listening: A pedagogical and compositional tool.

Other Research Interests:

  • Soundscape and electroacosutic composition.
  • Listening and creativity.

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