Helen Mitchell

Lecturer/ School of Arts Director of Student Experience

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 466261

Helen read music at Edinburgh University, focusing on performance, counterpoint and composition, and was awarded the Fraser Scholarship on graduating.

She completed a diploma at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and spent a further year specialising in solo performance and repertoire at Liverpool University. In 1992, she was appointed Professor of Flute and Saxophone at the Royal Marines School of Music, a post she occupied for six years.

Following further postgraduate studies in music technology at York University, she took up her present post. Helen is interested in audio-visual interaction across a range of different applications.


Research Interests

  • Music and sound for visual media – primarily games and film

  • Audio-visual interaction and mapping

  • Therapeutic applications of gaming and game development


Book chapters

'Let’s Mix it Up: Interviews exploring the Practical and Technical Challenges of Interactive Mixing in Games', in The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio, editors Karen Collins, Bill Kapralos and Holly Tessler, New York: OUP. ISBN 978-0-19-979722-6.

Journal articles

‘Dementia, Music and Biometric Gaming: Rising to the Dementia Challenge’, in Leonardo Music Journal, Vol 28, MIT Press, pp. 21-24.

‘Plug in to Fear: Game Biosensors and Physiological Responses to Music’, in Music and the Moving Image, Volume 8, Number 1, University of Illinois Press, (Spring 2015), pp. 37-57.

'Fear and the Musical Avant-Garde in Games: Interviews with Jason Graves, Garry Schyman, Paul Gorman and Michael Kamper', in Horror Studies, 5.1 (2014), Intellect Publishing Ltd, editor Steven Bruhm, ISSN 20403275.

'Against All Odds: the Decline and Resurgence of the Symphonic Film Score in Hollywood', in The Journal of Film Music, Vol 2, No 2-4 (2009), editor William H Rosar, pp 175 – 200, ISSN 1087- 7142.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Game Audio

  • Audio-Visual Composition

  • Composing for Film

  • Individual Project - supervision

  • Special Study - supervision

Research PhDs

I have supervised projects relating to film, games and performance for students on the taught Masters degree.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Higher Education Teaching Certificate (HETC)

  • LGSM (Flute)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BMus(Hons) (Edinburgh)

  • MMus (Liverpool)

  • MSc (York)

  • HETC (Hull)

  • LGSM (London Guildhall)

External roles

Helen 'deps' for the Scarborough Spa Orchestra (flute, tenor saxophone and piccolo) when required during the summer months and performs regularly in the region.

Awards and accolades

  • Fraser Scholarship - Edinburgh University

  • EPSRC Scholarship - York University