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Exploring teachers’ and pupils’ behaviour in online and face-to-face instrumental lessons (2019)
Journal Article
King, A., Prior, H., & Waddington-Jones, C. (2019). Exploring teachers’ and pupils’ behaviour in online and face-to-face instrumental lessons. Music education research, 21(2), 197-209. https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2019.1585791

The provision of instrumental lessons in certain areas of England can be hampered by the geographical position of some schools that are rural in nature, with teachers needing to travel long distances between schools. Internet-based technologies have... Read More

Heuristics for expressive performance (2014)
Book
Prior, H., & Leech-Wilkinson, D. (2014). Heuristics for expressive performance. In R. Timmers, D. Fabian, & E. Schubert (Eds.), Expressiveness in musical performance: Empirical approaches across styles and culturesOxford University Press (OUP). doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659647.003.0003

This chapter discusses concepts and terms that professional musicians find useful in preparing for and talking and thinking about expressive performance. An example is “shape,” which, as recent research has shown, is immensely flexible and useful for... Read More

Familiarity, schemata and patterns of listening (2013)
Book Chapter
Prior, H. (2013). Familiarity, schemata and patterns of listening. In E. King, & H. M. Prior (Eds.), Music and familiarity: listening, musicology and performanceTaylor & Francis (Routledge)

The origins of this work, as in much research, lie in a personal experience. My first exposure to a selection of Schoenberg’s piano works (which happened to be through a recording) had resulted in an ambivalent response, but upon hearing the same rec... Read More

Listeners’ perceptual and emotional responses to tonal and atonal music (2011)
Journal Article
Prior, H. (2011). Listeners’ perceptual and emotional responses to tonal and atonal music. doi:10.1177/0305735610378182

Research in music and emotion has largely focused on responses to tonal music on isolated occasions. This article presents a novel approach to the study of music and emotion that investigates the effects of familiarity on listeners' responses to tona... Read More

Listeners' perceptual and emotional responses to tonal and atonal music (2010)
Journal Article
Prior, H. (2011). Listeners' perceptual and emotional responses to tonal and atonal music. Psychology of music, 39(4), (468-502). doi:10.1177/0305735610378182. ISSN 0305-7356

Research in music and emotion has largely focused on responses to tonal music on isolated occasions. This article presents a novel approach to the study of music and emotion that investigates the effects of familiarity on listeners' responses to tona... Read More

Shape as understood by performing musicians
Book
Prior, H. Shape as understood by performing musicians

Abstract Previous studies of performing musicians have examined performance preparation and its concomitant decision-making, as well as musical expression and some of the ways in which performers describe their expressive intentions, but studies of t... Read More

Shaping popular music
Book
Prior, H., & Greasley, A. Shaping popular music

Much of the research on musical shaping in performance focuses on Western classical music. Although this provides scope for interesting work, the extent to which its findings are applicable to Western popular music is unclear: what different concepti... Read More

Music and familiarity: listening, musicology and performance
Book
King, E., & Prior, H. Music and familiarity: listening, musicology and performance. The University of Hull

Familiarity underpins our engagement with music. This book highlights theoretical and empirical considerations about familiarity from three perspectives: listening, musicology and performance. Part I, ‘Listening', addresses familiarity as it relates... Read More

Mixtapes and turntablism : DJs' perspectives on musical shape
Journal Article
Prior, H., & Greasley, A. Mixtapes and turntablism : DJs' perspectives on musical shape. Empirical Musicology Review, 8(1), ISSN 1559-5749

The notion of musical shape is widely used by performing musicians, but most studies have focussed on classical performing contexts. This paper extends this research to DJs performing on turntables, chosen in light of existing evidence from a questio... Read More