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How Can Music Help Us To Address The Climate Crisis (2022)
Journal Article
Prior, H. (in press). How Can Music Help Us To Address The Climate Crisis. Music and Science, https://doi.org/10.1177/20592043221075725

Musicians and music psychologists are acutely aware of the power of music and its ability to influence our emotions, moods, thoughts, wellbeing, identity, and behaviour towards others. Indeed, music is often used to help address specific problems, es... Read More about How Can Music Help Us To Address The Climate Crisis.

Exploring the Factors Influencing Chinese Music Teachers’ Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions in Using Technology in Higher Education: A Pilot Study (2021)
Journal Article
King, A., Zhang, X., & Prior, H. (in press). Exploring the Factors Influencing Chinese Music Teachers’ Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions in Using Technology in Higher Education: A Pilot Study. Music and Science, 4, https://doi.org/10.1177/20592043211044819

The development of new technologies drives many aspects of socio-economic development, including the development of education. The behavioural intention of music teachers, particularly in relation to how technology is integrated into the classroom, n... Read More about Exploring the Factors Influencing Chinese Music Teachers’ Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions in Using Technology in Higher Education: A Pilot Study.

Connect Resound: Using online technology to deliver music education to remote communities (2019)
Journal Article
King, A., Prior, H., & Waddington-Jones, C. (2019). Connect Resound: Using online technology to deliver music education to remote communities. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 12(2), 201-217. https://doi.org/10.1386/jmte_00006_1

This article describes an action research project that aimed to widen participation for music education in schools in England (United Kingdom). The Connect Resound project involved a pilot stage in North Yorkshire (England, United Kingdom) followed b... Read More about Connect Resound: Using online technology to deliver music education to remote communities.

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 about Exploring teachers’ and pupils’ behaviour in online and face-to-face instrumental lessons.

Heuristics for expressive performance (2014)
Book Chapter
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 cultures. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/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 about Heuristics for expressive performance.

Mixtapes and turntablism : DJs' perspectives on musical shape (2013)
Journal Article
Greasley, A. E., & Prior, H. (2013). Mixtapes and turntablism : DJs' perspectives on musical shape. Empirical Musicology Review, 8(1), 23-43. https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v8i1.3921

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 about Mixtapes and turntablism : DJs' perspectives on musical shape.

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 performance. 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 about Familiarity, schemata and patterns of listening.

Groove as Familiarity with Time (2013)
Book Chapter
Oliver, R. (2013). Groove as Familiarity with Time. In E. King, & H. M. Prior (Eds.), Music and Familiarity : Listening, Musicology and Performance (239 - 252). Ashgate. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315596600

The chapter explores the instrumentalist’s relationship with musical time, arguing that the capacity for groove in solo performance depends upon the musician’s familiarity with stylistically nuanced conceptions of pulse. Much research dea... Read More about Groove as Familiarity with Time.