The Reid School of Music hosts a wide variety of research projects, demonstrating the breadth of our interests and expertise. Our portfolio ranges from large-scale projects funded by major research councils and EU funders, which span several institutions, to more compact projects that support individual research publications.

We work collaboratively with colleagues in other Schools within ECA, and across the University of Edinburgh more widely. We have strong relationships with Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre and the Acoustics and Audio Group, who collaborate on NESS (Next Generation Sound Synthesis), for example, with Psychology and Medicine in relation to several projects led by the Institute of Music in Human and Social Development, and with Divinity in the case of O’Regan’s research into the music of the Wode Psalter. We are supported by local and national government, NGOs, not-for-profit organisations and industry, leading to advances in policy and practice, for example through the development of the Skoog — a new musical ‘object’ that allows people with a wide range of disabilities to access expressive control of sound — and via research that engages with the music industries and policymakers such as Live Music Exchange, Scotland on Tour, and our projects on the cultural value of music. We also engage members of the wider community, as with our annual music in the community projects developed by Dee Isaacs, which enable local school children to engage with, co-devise and perform music and musical theatre: see, for example, A Conference of Birds (2013) and Watching (2014).

Many of our staff regularly collaborate with colleagues at other institutions on research projects both nationally and internationally. For example, with Glasgow University on the Promotion of Live Music project; with Royal Holloway University of London, on the Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain network; Nikki Moran with the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig/The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney for the Improvising Duos project; Katie Overy with several neuroscience groups across Europe as part of the EBRAMUS (Europe, Brain, Music) project. In addition, we regularly collaborate with a variety of non-academic partners including: the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, the Scottish Ensemble and the City of Edinburgh Council.