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The Open University’s music experts in England, Scotland and Wales collaborate with partners in the UK and worldwide to research various musical cultures. Their work explores historical and feminist musicology, music analysis, editing and performance practice, film, popular music and sound studies, music technology and composition.

OU music research impacts performers, musical instruments manufacturers, curators, librarians, archivists, television and radio producers. It shapes how universities, schools, colleges and instrumental teachers teach music. Work with health and wellbeing practitioners is also developing novel musical therapies for physical and mental health.

Learn more about OU music's research impact

Hearing Handel's music as he intended

Extensive research by OU Music academics into George Frideric Handel's life, career and music is helping musicians perform and record the celebrated Baroque composer's works with a greater understanding of his intentions, giving modern global audiences a window into the past. 

Writing the history of brass instruments

Professor Trevor Herbert's research has enhanced how brass performers play and teach, inspired the next generation of young musicians, and introduced modern audiences to the sounds of historical brass instruments.