Dr Simon McKerrell
Lecturer in Music

  • Email: simon.mckerrell@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5609
  • Address: Dr Simon McKerrell
    Lecturer in Music
    International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS)
    Armstrong Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

 

Dr Simon McKerrell is interested in how music performs meaning in everyday life, particularly how this is constructed as discourse. His research interests include: traditional music; music and/as discourse; sectarianism; performing prejudice; cultural policy; multimodal analysis; music and the body; somaesthetics; theoretical approaches to music as social life; mode; affect and hearing; Scottish culture; digitalization and commodification of traditional musics. He is an expert performer of Highland-, Border- and Uilleann-pipes and has toured, taught and performed throughout the world. See website for further details

Previous Positions

  • Knowledge Exchange Officer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2009-2010)
  • Research Assistant, Glasgow University (2008-2009)
  • Lecturer in Ethnomusicology fixed-term, University of Sheffield (2008-2009)
  • Head of Piping Studies for the BA (Scottish Music-Piping) degree, The National Piping Centre, Glasgow (2005-2008).
  • Lecturer in Music (part-time), Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, (2003-2008).

Qualifications

2012 Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (HEA accredited)  

2005 PhD 'Scottish Competition Bagpipe Performance: Sound, Mode and Aesthetics' St. Andrews University

2000 BA (Scottish Music) Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama


Research Interests

Traditional music; music and/as discourse; sectarianism; performing prejudice; cultural policy; multimodal analysis; music and the body; somaesthetics; theoretical approaches to music as social life; mode; affect and hearing; Scottish culture; digitalization and commodification of traditional musics.

Other Expertise

Simon McKerrell is an expert performer of Highland-, Border- and Uilleann-pipes which drives his research interests. He has toured, taught and performed in countries such as: the USA, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Iceland, France, Spain, Switzerland and throughout Britain. he was a founding member of the band Back of the Moon and is currently a member of Rough Tides, The Sprit of Scotland Pipe Band (http://www.spiritofscotlandpipeband.com/) and La Banda Europa (www.labandaeuropa.com). For more information and discography see: Simon McKerrell's Discography

Current Work

I am currently working on a book for Routledge on Scottish traditional music employing various ethnomusicological, media and discourse analysis methods of analysis. I have been working on cultural policy for the traditional arts in Scotland and am analysing musical discourses leading up to the referendum on indpendence in Scotland in September 2014. I am also pursuing research into the theorization and performance of musical prejudice, see Performing Prejudice Symposium.

Postgraduate Supervision

I currently supervise two doctoral students: Jo Mills (representations of traditional and folk music in film and television) and; Matthew Ord (philosophical and theoretical approaches to the recording and technology of folk music).

I have examined doctoral theses at the Universities of Ulster, Sheffield and Durham and am currently the external undergraduate examiner at the University of the Highlands and Islands distance learning BA Applied Music and MA Music and the Environment programmes from 2012-2016.

Grants 

·      AHRC Early Career Fellowship 2014 Understanding Scotland Musically (£68,682)

·      Scottish Government Research Grant (as Co-Investigator), Community experiences of sectarianism, (c. £80,000)

·      Newcastle University Faculty Research Grant 2012 Hearing Sectarianism (£2,192)

·      Newcastle University School Strategic Research Fund 2013 Challenging Sectarianism Bid Preparation (£2,227)


 

Undergraduate Teaching

Simon McKerrell was the Degree Programme Director (2012-13) for the BMus Folk and Traditional Music degree and currently teaches the following undergraduate modules:

Studying Vernacular Musics
Folk Music Studies: Resources and Research Materials

He is also a first instrument tutor for Highland pipes and Uilleann pipes. 

Postgraduate Teaching

He is module leader for:

Advanced Studies in Traditional Music