Performing Music Research

The Centre for Performance Science collaborates on the first comprehensive guide to research in music education, psychology, and performance science.

Performing Music Research: Methods in Music Education, Psychology, and Performance Science, published by Oxford University Press, guides musicians through the process of designing, conducting, analysing, and communicating music research.

The textbook has been authored by CPS Director Aaron Williamon, Rosie Perkins, who leads the RCM’s pioneering MSc in Performance Science, and George Waddell, who runs the MSc’s research methods module. They are joined by Jane Ginsborg, Director of the Centre for Music Performance Research at the Royal Northern College of Music in a collaborative effort that captures decades of experience in conducting and teaching music research.

The book is accompanied by a comprehensive companion website,, that includes downloadable templates for research documents, datasets for practising analyses, quizzes to test key knowledge and skills, and video summaries of example research.

The book has received advance praise from international experts in music education, psychology, and performance science:

The authors have provided a start-to-finish manual of how to conceive, execute, analyse, and report empirical research on musical behaviour. Drawing on their extensive experience as researchers and teachers in music higher education, they have provided a resource which will be a useful refresher to experienced researchers as well as a systematic guide for novices.’ John Sloboda, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

‘[An] unparalleled teaching and learning resource that researchers in music education, music psychology, and performance science internationally and well into the future will all want to include in their library.’ Gary E McPherson, University of Melbourne

An excellent guide for any student interested in the study of musical behaviors, attitudes, and practices.’ Steven Morrison, Northwestern University

This book will no doubt become a central tool for training the next generation of music researchers.’ Isabelle Cossette, McGill University


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