Martin V. Clarke Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Martin V. Clarke

Lecturer in Music
The Open University

Martin Clarke is a musicologist specialising in the intersections between music and religion. He became a Lecturer in Music at The Open University in 2014, having been an Associate Lecturer since 2008 and a Research Affiliate in Music since 2012. He holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees in Music from Durham University. Martin holds the Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Away from music, he enjoys watching cricket.

Subjects: Music, Religion

Biography

Martin Clarke is a musicologist specialising in the intersections between music and religion. He became a Lecturer in Music at The Open University in 2014, having been an Associate Lecturer since 2008 and a Research Affiliate in Music since 2012. He holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees in Music from Durham University; his PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Bennett Zon, was entitled 'John Wesley and Methodist Music in the Eighteenth Century: Principles and Practice'. Martin is also active as an organist and choir director; he holds the Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO). He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Martin Clarke's primary research interests lie in the relationships between music and theology, and especially their articulation in the music and religious practice of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, and the Methodist movement more widely. He has published on these topics and regularly presents research papers at musicological and theological conferences. Martin is currently working on a study of Listening Experiences in Christian Worship in Britain as part of the AHRC-funded Listening Experience Database project. He supervises PhD students working on aspects of British musical culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Personal Interests

    Martin enjoys watching cricket and reading biography and crime fiction.

Books

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 Featured Title - British Methodist Hymnody - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Yale Journal of Music and Religion

“And can it be”: Analysing the Words, Music, and Contexts of an Iconic Methodist


Published: Mar 16, 2016 by Yale Journal of Music and Religion
Authors: Martin V. Clarke
Subjects: Music, Religion

This paper interrogates the iconic status of Charles Wesley's hymn "And can it be" within British Methodism. It examines words, music and context, arguing that it is the combination of these that is crucial to understanding the hymn's status, and that such an approach may be more widely useful in hymnology.

Methodist History

John Wesley’s “Directions for Singing”


Published: Jul 01, 2009 by Methodist History
Authors: Martin V. Clarke
Subjects: Music, Religion

This article uses Wesley's 'Directions for Singing' to examine Methodist hymnody as an expression of Methodist beliefs in thought and practice.