Current PhD students

Ailie Reid

Diljeet Bhachu

Jorge Pallares Catalan

Qinhan Chen

Andrew Connor

Shelly Coyne

Christian Ferlaino

Lucy Forde

Yili Gao

Yu-fen Huang

Una MacGlone

Isaac Kershaw

Stephen Kavanagh

Joy Vamvakari

Russell Wimbish III

PhD Supervision Topics

Cognitive sciences, Community, Composition, Contemporary, Empirical, Ethnomusicology, Improvisation, Instrument research, Music and health, Music for screen (TV/Film/Game), Musical development, Performance, Psychology, Sonic art, Twenty-first century

After completing his PhD in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, investigating therapeutic applications of music, Raymond worked as Artistic Director for a music company, Sounds of Progress, specialising in working with people who have special needs. He joined the School of Music in 2012 having worked at Glasgow Caledonian University previously.  He has published over 70 papers and co-edited four texts Musical Identities (2002) and Musical Communication (2005) Music Health and Wellbeing (2012) and Musical Imaginations (2012). His ongoing research focuses on issues relating to improvisation, psychology of music, music health and wellbeing, musical identities and music education.  His work includes studying the processes and outcomes of music participation and music listening

As a saxophonist and composer his work is informed by a view of improvisation as a social, collaborative and uniquely creative process that provides opportunities to develop new ways of working musically. Collaborating with musicians such as Evan Parker, David Byrne, Jim O’Rourke and Marilyn Crispell, he has released over 50 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has produced music for film, television, theatre and art installations and is a founder member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. He has a particular interest in cross disciplinary collaboration and has extensive experience of working with artists and filmmakers. A recent Creative Scotland Vital Spark Award has allowed him to develop an innovative collaborative project with visual artist Martin Boyce and filmmaker David MacKenzie that experiments with new forms of performative work that adapts to gallery, concert hall and cinema spaces.

  • Music 1A Music in Social Contexts
  • Inventing 1
  • Dissertation in Music
  • Psychology of Music
  • MMus Research Methods B

Cognitive sciences, Community, Composition, Contemporary, Empirical, Ethnomusicology, Improvisation, Instrument research, Music and health, Music for screen (TV/Film/Game), Musical development, Performance, Psychology, Sonic art, Twenty-first century

Selected papers

Mitchell, H.F. and MacDonald, R.A.R (2014)  "Listeners as spectators? Audio-visual integration improves music performer identification"
Psychology of Music Vol 42(1) 112- 127

MacDonald R.A.R &. Wilson, G.B. (in press).  Billy Connolly, Daniel Barenboim, Willie Wonka, Jazz Bastards and the universality of improvisation In G. Lewis  & Ben Piekut (Eds.),  Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies.  New York: Oxford University Press

Wilson, G.B & MacDonald R.A.R &. (2012). The sign of silence: Negotiating musical identities in an improvising ensemble    The Psychology of Music, 40(5) 558-573

Pothoulaki, M., MacDonald, R.A.R and Flowers, P (2012) An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of an Improvisational Music Therapy Program for Cancer Patients. 49(1), 45–67

MacDonald R.A.R, &. Kreutz, G Mitchell, L.A., EDS (2012).  Music, Health and Wellbeing Oxford: Oxford University Press.