Dr Melissa Dobson
Melissa Dobson read Music at King’s College London and subsequently completed an MA in the Psychology of Music at the University of Sheffield. She was awarded her PhD, also from the University of Sheffield, in June 2010 with a thesis exploring audience members’ experiences and enjoyment of classical music concert attendance. Melissa has published journal articles on jazz and classical musicians’ perspectives on performance; student and freelance musicians’ lifestyles, pressures and cultures; and the experiences of audience members invited to attend live orchestral concerts for the first time. Her research interests lie broadly in the social psychology of music, with a particular focus on audience and performer perspectives on live music-making. She is working at the School on the Orchestral musicians in the twenty-first century and Understanding Audiences projects, directed respectively by Dr Helena Gaunt and Professor John Sloboda.