Dr Simon McKerrell is interested in how music performs meaning in everyday life, particularly how this is constructed as discourse. His research interests include: sectarianism; traditional musics; music and the body; somaesthetics; digitalization and e-learning in musical communities. He is an expert performer of Highland-, Border- and Uilleann-pipes and has toured, taught and performed throughout the world. He is a international prize winner in solo piping competitions and a member of the bands Rough Tides (www.myspace.com/roughtides and the European Collective orchestra La Banda Europa (http://www.jimsutherland.uk.com/La-Banda-Europa).
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).
2012 Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (HEA accredited)
2000 BA (Scottish Music) Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
2005 PhD 'Scottish Competition Bagpipe Performance: Sound, Mode and Aesthetics' St. Andrews University
Traditional music; music and the body; somaesthetics; sectarianism; theory in ethnomusicology; mode; affect and hearing; the New Europe; contemporary and commercial folk and traditional musics.
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).
I am currently working on the use of ethnomusicological fieldwork in the investigation of pragmatic aesthetics in music. In particular I am researching semantic and bodily affect in audiences of traditional music. I am also pursuing research into a cultural history of Scottish sectarianism.
He currently supervises Matt Price who is researching the pedagogical approaches to traditional music through a Collaborative Doctoral Award with The Sage Gateshead.
Simon McKerrell is the Degree Programme Director (2012-13) for the BMus Folk and Traditional Music degree and currently teaches the following undergraduate modules:
He is also a first instrument tutor for Highland pipes and Uilleann pipes.
He is joint module leader for: