School of Arts and Cultures

Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner

Degree Title: BA (Hons) in Music
Year of Graduation: 2003
Post-Graduation Qualifications: PhD in Musicology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 2007
Occupation: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Musikwissenschafltiches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg

About Matthew

Undergraduate degree

I particularly liked:

  • Music and the Reformation’ seminars
  • doing research for the BA dissertation
  • tutorials in small groups

The Study Skills and Analysis courses gave me extremely useful general analysis skills which I’m still using today. 

Music and Cultural Theory – at the time I wasn’t too keen on this course, but the principles behind it have proved useful for my own research field (Handel, 18th-century music in England) and my interest in cultural theory has been growing over the past few years.

I liked the opportunity to try various strands of studying music (composition, practical studies, ethnomusicology, music and technology, historical musicology etc.) during the first year and then specialise in the second and third years.

After graduating

I’m currently working on a 3-year research project funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) on ‘The Business of Singing in England, 1660–1760’. Before that I was a Wissenschaflticher Mitarbeiter (lecturer in music) and assistant to Prof. Silke Leopold, both at the Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg.

How your degree prepared you for your career

My degree prepared me for my career in the following ways:

  • learning essential research skills
  • opportunity to discuss 18th-century music on a one-to-one basis
  • regular access to the King’s Hall organ and harpsichord
  • opportunities to perform in and attend lunch-time concerts in King’s Hall
  • learning to think critically about all types of music and musicology
  • reading assignments on challenging texts with questions that encouraged critical thinking