I hold a B. Mus (hons) and M.Mus degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. After working as a professional flautist and teacher in Johannesburg for several years, I was awarded an overseas prestige scholarship which enabled my doctoral studies. I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway & Bedford New College, University of London on the toccatas of Frescobaldi.
I was an Associate Lecturer with the OU from 2001-2014 and taught a number of undergraduate and postgraduate music modules including AA314, A214, A870, A871 and A877. I joined the central academic team in 2012. I have also worked extensively in adult education and have had part time lecturing positions at Durham University and Manchester University. In addition to my academic work I have been involved in music education at all levels. Prior to joining the OU as a full time academic, I was manager of a local authority music service and led the Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub.
My research interests include 17th century Italian keyboard and other instrumental music, performance practice, cultural contexts and cross-disciplinary aspects of music and art. My current research focuses on music at the Ospedale di Santo Spirito in Rome and addresses issues relating to musical practice, medicine and religion in that institution. In addition to my articles and book chapters, I have authored a number of recording, music and conference reviews for Early Music.
I welcome applications from potential PhD students with interests in late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music, including those who wish to be jointly supervised in another discipline through the Medieval and Early Modern Research group. http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/medieval-and-early-modern-research/
I am the music department rep for the interdisciplinary level 1 module, A105 'Voices, texts and material culture' and for the new level 1 module A111 'Discovering the arts and humanities' for which I also wrote two units. I am currently writing two units for the new level 2 music module A234 'Understanding music' and co-writing a unit on the 'print revolution' for A113 'Revolutions'.
I am committed to open access learning and have co-written a MOOC called 'From notation to performance: Understanding musical scores' which is also available on OpenLearn http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/understanding-musical-scores/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab. I am also involved in an ERASMUS funded project to create a MOOC on conducting which will go live in 2021.
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This study forms part of a larger project which will break new ground in contextualising the keyboard music of Girolamo Frescobaldi within the wider cultural trends of the early seventeenth century. By focusing on the Ospedale di Santo Spirito, it will answer two questions: to what extent was music part of a wider programme of healing? and do the documented activities of musicians demonstrate patterns that support this or do they reflect other concerns? The Ospedale di Santo Spirito is unusual in that from the late 16th century it had a large organ situated in the hospital wards. Listed among the musicians who worked at the Ospedale and its church is the composer Girolamo Frescobaldi, but little is known of his activities there. The presence of music in a space built within a humanist aesthetic framework, and in which Galenic humoral medicine was practiced offers an unexplored context for musical practice. This study will bring new insights to bear on the context for music and the music profession in Rome by exploring the role of music in the hospital environment