Staff Profile

RUTH Herbert
Music psychologist and performer
School of Music and Performing Arts

Profile Summary

Ruth is a music psychologist and performer with diverse research interests in the fields of music in everyday life, music, health and wellbeing, music and consciousness (including ASC and Trance), sonic studies and music education. Further research interests include performance psychology, evolutionary psychology and ethology. As a professional pianist, Ruth has performed with various ensembles, notably recording soundtracks for silent films commissioned by the British Film Institute (BFI) with the piano trio Triptych, subsequently touring these works at major venues in the UK and USA (e.g. Barbican and Lincoln Centres). In addition to her work for CCCU, Ruth is Lecturer in Music Performance at the University of Kent.

After gaining a BMus Hons and MA in performance practice from Cardiff University, Ruth won a Munster Trust scholarship to pursue postgraduate advanced solo studies at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2009 she was awarded a PhD in music psychology from the University of Sheffield. Positions held include Head of Performance Studies at Dartington College of Arts and Lecturer in Music for the Open University. Prior to her appointment at Kent, Ruth held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Oxford.

Publications comprise a book on the psychology of everyday listening (Ashgate, 2011), chapters in edited volumes on Music and Consciousness (OUP, 2011; University of Wales Press, forthcoming), modes of music listening (Rombach-Verlag), Sounding Art (Routledge), peer-reviewed articles in a range of journals in music psychology and ethnomusicology, plus encyclopaedia entries in these fields (Sage, 2014). She has also published extensively on aspects of music teaching and education in mainstream specialist magazines (Rhinegold, Aceville publications and ABRSM publishing), in addition to undertaking consultancy work for OMD UK (featured in the Mail Online), the Daily Telegraph and the BBC.

Current projects include a co-edited volume (with Eric Clarke (University of Oxford) and David Clarke (Newcastle University) Music and Consciousness II (OUP) and a recording of contemporary chamber music commissions with the ensemble TableMusic.

Ruth also has an ongoing involvement in the University of Kent's Music Health and Wellbeing Group as PI for the funded research project 'Singing as an Intervention for People with Neurological Disorders'.

Ruth is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Sonic Studies, Musicae Scientiae and the Global Listening Centre. She is also a member of the NYJC/IoE Jazz and Gender Forum, and (latterly) the Musical Progressions Roundtable. She is strongly committed to helping students achieve their full academic potential and possesses a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLATHE (Oxon)). She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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