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

  • British Library Music Doctoral Students Open Day – British Library, London, Tuesday 4 December 2018
    Practical and inspiring open day for new PhD students (including Masters Students planning to continue at PhD level).

The day will:
• Introduce you to the range of research materials available in the British Library
• Introduce you to specialist curators at the Library
• Give you an opportunity to meet other postgraduate students from across the UK

This open day is being held with support from the Royal Musical Association. RMA student members are eligible to claim back the registration fee directly from the RMA. Please email <> for further information and reimbursement.

Find more information here and the schedule here.


Past Research Skills and Training events

Friday 5 January 2018:
– The British Music Collection and archival sources for musical research (Robert Adlington and Sarah Wickham) – Heritage Quay
– Yoga, mindfulness, and music (Julio d’Escrivan) – CAM1/14
– Emprirical methodologies for musical research (Steven Jan and Kagari Shibazaki)
– Writing applications for grants and funding schemes (Sally Pedley)

Saturday 6 January 2018:
– Music editing workshop (sponsored by the New Berlioz Edition Trust
– Conference presentations: making research accessible to your audience (Elizabeth Fairweather)
– Improvising to film (Jonathan Best)
– Short mentoring appointments available for students interested in music editing or publishing, with members of the New Berlioz Edition Trust and Music Publishers Association

Composition Workshop – Canterbury Christ Church University – 2 March 2018 RESCHEDULED

Friday 2 March 2018
RMA student members are invited to attend and participate in this exciting composition workshop. The Assembly Project will be performing the lunchtime concert on the Friday of Performance Week, in memory of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Afterwards, the quartet of violin, flute, clarinet, cello will stay to perform in a public workshop (2.30-4.30pm) at which student compositions will be played through and critiqued in a supportive atmosphere. This is a priceless opportunity to have have a superb professional quartet play through and improve your work.

Find full details on how to apply hereThe deadline for completed scores is 16 February 2018.

Claude Debussy in 2018: A Centenary Celebration – Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Glasgow – 19-21 March and 22-23 March 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2018
– Composition workshop: Musical Borrowing – Sources of Creativity

Composition workshop day on the use of existing music in compositional practice.
1st morning session: Presentations by composers Mark Dyer, Bruno Heinen, Elspeth Brooke and Núria Bonet
2nd morning session: Finding and using sources with Debussy and musical sources specialists
Afternoon session: Composition workshop of sketches by Stephen Coyle, Alexander Glyde Bates, Mark Dyer and Núria Bonet

 Study Day and Workshop on Music, Well-Being and Mental Health – York St John University – 12-13 May 2018

Saturday 12 May 2018
– Study 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.
Sunday 13 May 2018
– 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 final programme and useful information can be found here: WB_MH_Information_Pack

The report can be found here.

RMA Careers Event – Canterbury Christ Church University – 1 June 2018

Part of ‘Multimodality in the Arts: interdisciplinary practices and hybrid forms’


Three music professionals will discuss their jobs and career paths and give research students the opportunity to discuss their own career. There will also be a session on self-promotion and marketing, and 1:1 sessions.

With Heather Roche, Robert Rawson, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian and Lisa Busby.

Find the programme here.

Archival Research Study Morning – University of Oxford – 10 September 2018

Part of the ‘Perspectives on Historically Informed Practices in Music Conference’

09.30    Introduction Claire Holden (University of Oxford)
09.45    Dr Rupert Ridgewell (British Library) and Martin Holmes (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford):  Researching in Legal Deposit Libraries
10.30    Professor Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield: Honing Archive Skills
11.00    coffee
11.15    Professor Tim Jones (Royal Academy of Music, London) and Richard Sutcliffe (Royal Conservatoire of Belgium): Research and Collections within Conservatoires
12.00    Open discussion with all speakers
Find more information here.