Programme: Music - PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research

Start date: September 2013

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: A comparative study of Dalcroze, Kodaly and Suzuki methods with a view to maximizing dyslexic singers’ self-regulating strategies when rehearsing and performing a classical piece.


Ailie-Jane Reid was born in Northumberland and was trained from an early age to become an opera singer. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, after gaining her BA. in Music majoring in opera performance, and went on to tour and sing professionally both in the Uk and Internationally. She has worked with Ben Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and has sung as soloist with varying orchestras and conductors, her most noticeable performances last year were solo performance for the King and Queen of Norway and a recital with the Northern Sinfornietta at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. She has worked as a singing coach for several years both in the Uk and Norway. She gives regular masterclasses in vocal technique and performance and her passions lie not only in performance but in the pedagogy of singing. Her current research hopes to focus on strategies that professional and semi-professional Dyslexic singers can utilise in order to excel in their chosen field.

Ailie has just been awarded a Radcliffe Trust award and also a Winston Churchill  Memorial  Trust, Travelling fellowship award to travel to Japan, Canada, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, USA and Finland.

Research interests

  • Pedagogy of professional classical singers
  • Rehearsal and performance techniques of classical singers with Dyslexia.
  • Deficits and strategies of dyslexic singers
  • Dalcroze, Kodaly and Suzuki methods
  • Multisensory methods of teaching music to adult dyslexics
  • Assistive technologies for dyslexic singers