1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Applied Musicology

Edited By Chris Dromey Copyright 2023
    398 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Applied Musicology brings together academics, artist-researchers, and practitioners to provide readers with an extensive and authoritative overview of applied musicology.

    Once a field that addressed music’s socio-political or performative contexts, applied musicology today encompasses study and practice in areas as diverse as psychology, ecomusicology, organology, forensic musicology, music therapy, health and well-being, and other public-oriented musicologies. These rapid advances have created a fast-changing field whose scholarship and activities tend to take place in isolation from each other. This volume addresses that shortcoming, bringing together a wide-ranging survey of current approaches.

    Featuring 39 authors, The Routledge Companion to Applied Musicology falls into five parts—Defining and Theorising Applied Musicology; Public Engagement; New Approaches and Research Methods; Representation and Inclusion; and Musicology in/for Performance—that chronicle the subject’s rich history and consider the connections that will characterise its future. The book offers an essential resource for anyone exploring applied musicology.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors

    Introduction  Chris Dromey

    Part I. Defining and Theorising Applied Musicology

    1. From Spitta to Seeger: Early Theories of Applied Musicology  Malik Sharif 

    2. Musicology’s Applied Foundations (or, How Music was Musealised)  Miloš Zapletal and

                Chris Dromey

    3. The Late Nineteenth-Century Concert as Applied Musicology  Natasha Loges

    4. “Applied” before Musicology? George Grove, Programme Notes, and the Dictionary 

                Bruno Bower

    5. Phenomenology, Practice-led Research, and Applied Musicology  Nancy November

    6. The Locations of Musical Meaning and Subjectivity  Alastair Williams


    Part II. Public Engagement

    7. Shaping the Narrative: Musicology for a Public  Leah Broad

    8. Exhibiting Ethnomusicology: Curation Across Cultures and Disciplines  Frances Wilkins,

                Barbara Alge and the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

    9. Club Inégales, Curation, and Processes of Public Musicology  Helen Julia Minors

    10. Cultural and Artistic Citizenship in Classical Music  Constanze Wimmer and Chris


    11. Musicology and/as Knowledge Exchange  Toby Young

    12. ‘So wide is the field’: Edward Taylor’s Public Music Lectures  Rachel Johnson


    Part III. New Approaches and Research Methods

    13. The Sound Commons and Applied Ecomusicologies  Aaron S. Allen, Taylor Leapaldt,

                Mark Pedelty and Jeff Todd Titon

    14. Perceptions of Melodic Symmetry: A Priming Study  Michael Thorpe

    15. Opera Virgins at the Movies: Audience Research and the Ontology of Opera Cinema 

                Joe Attard

    16. Towards an Applied Health Musicology: Aesthetic Music Therapy and Beyond  Colin

                Andrew Lee and Chris Dromey

    17. “Parental Advisory”: Making Explicit the Value and Authenticity of a Music Degree 

                Paul Fleet


    Part IV. Representation and Inclusion

    18. Rethinking Representation in Music Education: Strategies to Integrate Pan-African Music

                Karen Cyrus

    19. Whose ‘Better World’? Reflections on Applied Music Interventions in the Andes 

                Xabier Etxeberria Adrien and Henry Stobart

    20. Rethinking (Self-)Care in Musicology  Klisala Harrison

    21. The Legality and Morality of Rap at Court  Lily E. Hirsch

    22. Strategies for Using Music Theory to Inform Music Education, Psychology, and

                Therapy Research  Adam Ockelford


    Part V. Musicology in/for Performance

    23. “Mahler am Tisch”: Experimenting with Imagined and Emergent Audiences  Ties van de

                Werff, Veerle Spronck and Imogen Eve

    24. On Organology: Taxonomy and Transdisciplinarity  Rachael Durkin and Darryl Martin

    25. Dialogues with Recordings: Digital Memory and the Archive  Neil Heyde

    26. Intersections Between Northern Irish Choral Practices and Community Music Principles

                Sarah-Jane Gibson and Lee Higgins

    27. Music for Buildings, Building for Music  Neil Thomas Smith and Peter Peters





    Chris Dromey is Associate Professor of Music at Middlesex University, where he has led BA Music Business and Arts Management since 2006. He is co-editor of The Classical Music Industry (Routledge, 2018).