Call for papers: RMA Study Day, ‘Qualitative Interviewing in Music Research’

Royal College of Music (in-person & online)

Thursday 27 June


Qualitative interviewing offers an opportunity to shine a spotlight on participants’ experiences and perspectives on a given topic. It plays an important role in knowledge generation, allowing researchers to question the underlying assumptions of existing theories and engage in the development of new theories.

This event will bring together doctoral students from a range of disciplines within music research (e.g. music psychology, ethnomusicology, performance) to share ideas about methods and challenges in qualitative interviewing, and to learn from each other. In addition to presentations from doctoral students on their own experience, we will have two keynote presentations from Dr Katherine Williams, Research Fellow in Popular Music Songwriting (University of Huddersfield) and Dr Jan Herbst, Reader, Department of Music & Design Arts (University of Huddersfield).

We warmly invite proposals for presentations from any doctoral student with an interest in qualitative interviewing in music research. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

·         Recruitment (e.g. how did you recruit participants for your study, and what impact did this have on the research process?)

·         Ethics (e.g. what ethical considerations were important to your study and how did you address them? What are your recommendations for other researchers to consider?)

·         Interviewing techniques (e.g. How did you prepare for your interviews? In what manner did you conduct your interviews? How did you build rapport with participants?)

·         Approaches to data analysis (e.g. How did you prepare for your data analysis? How did you choose your data analysis method and in what ways did this address your research question(s)?)

Presentations should run for approx. 20 minutes. Creativity is encouraged in the formatting and delivery of presentations. Proposals are welcome relating to any stage of the research process, from inception to data analysis; and from doctoral students at any stage in their research.
Individuals will receive a decision regarding their proposal by 30th April. Further details on the programme for the study day will be circulated closer to the event.

A small number of travel bursaries will be available for speakers if travelling to the Royal College of Music from outside of London.

If you have any questions relating to the study day, please send an email to

Click here for the submissions page.

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