Professor John Sloboda

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Research
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Research Active Staff

Biography

Professor John Sloboda is Research Professor at the Guildhall School, where he is founding director of the Institute for Social Impact Research in the Performing Arts.  He is also Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project "Music for Social Impact: Practitioners' contexts, work, and beliefs". He is Emeritus Professor at Keele and was a staff member of the School of Psychology at Keele from 1974-2008, where he was Director of its Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development, founded in 1991. John is internationally known for his work on the psychology of music. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has been President of both the Psychology and General Sections of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, where he has served on the editorial board of its journal Musicae Scientiae. He is currently serving a 3-year term as founding President of www.simm-platform.eu, an international platform for research into the Social Impact of Making Music. He was the recipient of the 1998 British Psychological Society's Presidents Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge, and in 2004 he was elected to Fellowship of the British Academy. At present he is the first and only Fellow working in the UK conservatoire sector. In 2018, he was awarded an OBE for his services to psychology and music. His books include Handbook of Music and Emotion (co-edited with Patrik Juslin), and Exploring the Musical Mind, both published by Oxford University Press.

Recent Research Outputs

Music for Social Impact: an overview of context, policy and activity in four countries, Belgium, Colombia, Finland, and the UK

Sloboda, John A, and Alessandra Mazzola, et all.. "Music for Social Impact: an overview of context, policy and activity in four countries, Belgium, Colombia, Finland, and the UK." Music for Social Impact: an overview of context, policy and activity in four countries, Belgium, Colombia, Finland, and the UK" Finnish Journal of Music Education 23, 1-2 (2020).

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The audience as artist? The audience’s experience of participatory music

Sloboda, John A, and Jutta Toelle. "The audience as artist? The audience’s experience of participatory music." Musicae Scientiae, (2019).

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Classical music borrowing from other arts: new strategies for audience building through performance

Sloboda, John A and Biranda Ford "Classical music borrowing from other arts: new strategies for audience building through performance" In Music, Speech, and Mind, edited by Correra, A.F., 187-212. Curitiba: Brazilian Association of Cognition and Musical Arts, 2019.

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The SIMM research landscape: An analysis of research presented at SIMM events in 2017, 2018, 2019 : [closing address]

Sloboda, John A "The SIMM research landscape: An analysis of research presented at SIMM events in 2017, 2018, 2019 : [closing address]" presented at The 4th SIMMposium, Distrital University, Bogota, Colombia, 26-27 July 2019., 2019.

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25 years of ESCOM: achievements and challenges

Sloboda, John A and J. Ginsborg. "25 years of ESCOM: achievements and challenges." Musicae Scientiae , (2018).

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The improvisational state of mind: a multidisciplinary study of an improvisatory approach to classical music repertoire performance

Dolan, David and John A Sloboda, et al.. "The improvisational state of mind: a multidisciplinary study of an improvisatory approach to classical music repertoire performance." Frontiers in Psychology, (2018). Read online

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Audience reactions to repeating a piece on a concert programme

Halpern, Andrea, Chloe H. K. Chan, Daniel M¸llensiefen, and John A Sloboda. "Audience reactions to repeating a piece on a concert programme." Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies 14, 2 (2017), 135-152.

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Conservatoires in society: Institutional challenges and possibilities for change

Tregear, Peter, Geir Johansen, Harald Jørgensen, John A Sloboda, Helena Tulve, and Richard Wistreich. "Conservatoires in society: Institutional challenges and possibilities for change." Arts & Humanities in Higher Education 15, 03-Apr (2016), 276-292.

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Opera and emotion: The cultural value of attendance for the highly engaged

O'Neill, S, J Edelman, and John A Sloboda. "Opera and emotion: The cultural value of attendance for the highly engaged." Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies 13, (2016), 24-50.

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Using digital content to build audiences for live opera

O'Neill, S., Wise, K., & Sloboda, J. "Using digital content to build audiences for live opera". CreativeWorks London Working Paper . 2016.

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