Monash–Leeds Music Research Collaboration

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The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University has joined forces with the School of Music at the University of Leeds to facilitate leading transnational collaboration in music research.

The Monash-Leeds Music Research Collaboration is founded upon critical synergies in research strengths between the two schools, and will allow participating musicologists to build upon shared research interests and methodologies.


Key Projects and Activities

Participating musicologists from both schools will work together on two key projects funded by the Monash Accelerator Researcher Program:

1. Nineteenth-Century Soundscapes and Street Music

This project will support an interdisciplinary study of the soundscape of the street, including street music and the lives and activities of street musicians in the nineteenth century. The project will be a theme at the 2014 conference of the Royal Musical Association to be held in the University of Leeds, from which a book of essays will be solicited from presenters.

Participants: Dr Paul Watt (Monash); Prof. Derek Scott (Leeds)


 2. Music Literature

The second project aims to enhance the disciplinary profile of music literature in musicology. Music literature—including words written about music or music-makers, or by music-makers, or linguistic or narrative associations in music, or the idea of music—has formerly occupied a marginal position in musicological discourse, though burgeoning research in this area has shown the potential of music literature to become a significant site for interdisciplinary exchange. This project will foster new and innovative work in this area and support the establishment of a new academic journal of Music Literature.

Participants: Dr Paul Watt and Dr Sarah Collins (Monash); Dr Michael Allis (Leeds)


Music scholars from Monash and Leeds have made significant contributions to these research areas, particularly in relation to nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century music criticism, music biography, literary associations in music, and music and text in nineteenth-century popular culture.

The partnership will enhance the development of this strategic area of research through collaboration, including:

  • joint conferences
  • visiting international scholar exchange
  • the founding of a new academic journal of music literature; and
  • collaborative publications.