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Dr Helen Prior

Lecturer in Music

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts

Qualifications

  • BA (University of Hull)
  • MSc (Keele University)
  • PGDip (University of Hull)
  • PhD (University of Hull)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)

Summary

Helen is a music psychologist with interests in music perception and emotion and music performance.

She previously held a post-doctoral position with the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, at King's College, London. There, she worked in the Shaping Music in Performance research group, led by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson.

More recently, Helen has been working with Dr Andrew King and Dr Rob MacKay on a research project investigating the use of online learning to support peripatetic music lessons in remote rural communities.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys playing the violin (modern and baroque) and the piano.

Book Chapter

Familiarity, schemata and patterns of listening

Prior, H. (2013). Familiarity, schemata and patterns of listening. In E. King, & H. M. Prior (Eds.), Music and familiarity: listening, musicology and performanceTaylor & Francis (Routledge)

Heuristics for expressive performance

Prior, H., & Leech-Wilkinson, D. (2014). Heuristics for expressive performance. In R. Timmers, D. Fabian, & E. Schubert (Eds.), Expressiveness in musical performance: Empirical approaches across styles and culturesOxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780199659647.003.0003

Journal Article

Exploring teachers’ and pupils’ behaviour in online and face-to-face instrumental lessons

King, A., Prior, H., & Waddington-Jones, C. (2019). Exploring teachers’ and pupils’ behaviour in online and face-to-face instrumental lessons. Music education research, 21(2), 197-209. https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2019.1585791

Listeners' perceptual and emotional responses to tonal and atonal music

Prior, H. (2011). Listeners' perceptual and emotional responses to tonal and atonal music. Psychology of music, 39(4), 468-502. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735610378182

Mixtapes and turntablism : DJs' perspectives on musical shape

Greasley, A. E., & Prior, H. (2013). Mixtapes and turntablism : DJs' perspectives on musical shape. Empirical Musicology Review, 8(1), 23-43. https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v8i1.3921

Postgraduate supervision

Completed PhDs

Kussner M, Shape, Drawing and Gesture: Cross-Modal Mappings of Sound and Music (2014), completed at King's College, London (second supervisor).

Feygelson E, Nonverbal Communication in Improvised Contexts: Observing the Exchange of Musical Ideas at the i=u Festival (2015), completed at King's College, London (second supervisor)

Current PhD supervisions

Swaine J, Emotional Self-Regulation through Music

Presicce G, Music and Imagery