Dr Helen Prior

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 performance, music education, music and wellbeing, and music and the environment. Her work with the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) explored the experiences of professional musicians in creating, or shaping, their musical performances. Equally important is the area of music education, within which she has explored remote music lessons through the Connect: Resound project, led by Professor Andrew King; and is also exploring transitions within music education with Dr Elaine King. Musical activities have a range of benefits, particularly in relation to wellbeing, and Helen's involvement with the Strokestra Project (led by Elaine King) explore these benefits in detail. Music can have a profound influence on us, changing our physical and mental wellbeing, but also influencing our decisions; Helen's work in relation to music and the environment investigates the ways in which we might harness this power to help people to adopt environmentally-friendly behaviours. Overall, Helen is fascinated by the myriad ways in which we interact with music as human beings, and her research explores these from a range of perspectives.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys playing the piano, and the modern and baroque violin, and occasionally doing some orchestral conducting.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Shape as understood by performing musicians

Prior, H. Shape as understood by performing musicians.

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 cultures. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780199659647.003.0003

Journal Article

Exploring the Factors Influencing Chinese Music Teachers' Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions in Using Technology in Higher Education: A Pilot Study

King, A., Zhang, X., & Prior, H. (in press). Exploring the Factors Influencing Chinese Music Teachers’ Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions in Using Technology in Higher Education: A Pilot Study. Music and Science, 4, https://doi.org/10.1177/20592043211044819

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

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)

Presicce, G., The Role of Engagement and Visual Imagery in Music Listening (2019), completed at The University of Hull (first supervisor).

Todd, R. 'Play' in Chamber Ensemble Music Rehearsal (2021), completed at The University of Hull (second supervisor).

Current PhD supervisions

Xiangming Zhang: The use of Technology in Music Education in China (co-supervisor).

Ellie Dabell: Transitions in Music Education (co-supervisor).