The RMA puts on Research Skills and Training events for the benefit of its members, to meet the needs of research students and early career researchers in becoming well-rounded music researchers. You can find listings of upcoming events as well as an archive of past events and additional resources. Please contact the Research Skills Officer (Núria Bonet) if you wish to put on event or suggest a potential topic.


Upcoming Research Skills and Training events


Music, Well-Being and Mental Health
Study Day and Workshop, Hereford College of Art, 11-12 May 2019

Saturday 11 May 2019
– Study Day on topics around Music and Health.
Sunday 12 May 2019
– Workshop day on topics around the use of music for well-being and mental health, and well-being and mental health for musicians, music researchers and academics.

The call for papers can be found here: Study Day on Music and Health – Call for Papers

The deadline is Wednesday 20 March at 5 pm.


Leading Change in Music Departments
(as part of the conference International Women and/in Musical Leadership)
Senate House, London, 7-9 March 2019

See http://fass.open.ac.uk/iwmlc for more information.


Past Research Skills and Training events

This summary of past events gives a flavour of the range of opportunities for research training available in association with the RMA:

  • BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference – Huddersfield – 4-6 January 2018
    The conference included sessions on archival sources for musical research; yoga, mindfulness and music; empirical methodologies for musical research; writing applications for grants and funding schemes; music editing; conference presentations; and improvising to film. In addition, short mentoring appointments were available for students interested in music editing or publishing.
  • Composition Workshop – Canterbury – 2 March 2018
    In this exciting composition workshop, The Assembly Project performed in a public workshop (2.30-4.30pm) at which student compositions were played and critiqued in a supportive atmosphere.
  • Claude Debussy in 2018: A Centenary Celebration – Manchester and Glasgow, 19-23 March 2018
    This conference included composition workshops on the use of existing music in compositional practice.
  • Study Day and Workshop on Music, Well-Being and Mental Health – York – 12-13 May 2018
    This event included discussion of the use of music for well-being and mental health, and well-being and mental health for musicians, music researchers, and academics (view conference report).
  • RMA Careers Event – Canterbury 1 June 2018
    At this event, three music professionals discussed their jobs and career paths and research students had the opportunity to discuss their own career. There were sessions on self-promotion and marketing.
  • Archival Research Study Morning – University of – 10 September 2018
    Part of the ‘Perspectives on Historically Informed Practices in Music Conference’, this study morning included sessions on Researching in Legal Deposit Libraries, Honing Archive Skills, and Research and Collections within Conservatoires
  • British Library Music Doctoral Students Open Day – British Library, London, 4 December 2018
    This practical and inspiring open day for new PhD students was supported by the RMA.