Research in Music focuses on understanding music and sound in a global context as expressive cultural communication, on deciphering music and its cultural codes as a reflection of societal values and as a force that shapes them. At UofT Music our research and creative outputs include books, articles, reviews, musical scores, performances, recordings, media objects, theatre productions, conferences, colloquia, and more. Our curiosity- and creativity-driven research encompasses humanities and social-sciences disciplines, music composition and performance, and many interdisciplinary fields such as music technology & digital media, and music & health sciences. We seek consistently to achieve excellence across a broad range of research and creative professional activities, providing significant academic and artistic experiences and outcomes.
Explore this page, as well as Moments & Outcomes, to learn more about Research at UofT Music. The current Associate Dean of Research is Prof. Sherry Lee, and she can be reached at email@example.com.
UofT Music is home to several research centres and institutes:
MaHRC (Music and Health Research Collaboratory)
ICM (Institute for Canadian Music)
CSNCM (Centre for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Music)
MaHRC is a synergistic and collaborative group of researchers exploring connections of sound to the human experience of health. Officially established in the Faculty of Music in 2012, MaHRC continues the process of establishing affiliations, appointing members, and activating projects. The focus of MaHRC is on music (sound) and health broadly defined by five overlapping and inter-related spheres: (1) Therapy and Medicine, (2) Body, Brain, Mind, (3) Society and Culture, (4) Music In Human Development, and (5) Science and Health of Performance.
The vision of MaHRC is aligned with the Strategic Research Plan of UofT. In particular, the vision of MaHRC is to (1) Promote: Healthy People, Healthy Communities, and a Healthy World through music, and to (2) Engage: Minds, Culture, and Values around music.
It is the goal of MaHRC to bring together inter-disciplinary teams of researchers to collaborate on questions of fundamental importance to our vision. This requires discussions in colloquia, workshops, etc., to identify the fundamental complex questions and to find ways to move these questions into a research agenda. This takes place within the five key overlapping and inter-related research spheres. The five spheres represent clusters of disciplines or fields of study and specializations. Please see “Overview” to see descriptions of each sphere and a few examples of the type of research goals or questions that emerge within each of the research spheres.
The ICM at UofT Music is a national leader in promoting, supporting, and producing scholarship in Canadian music studies. ICM was established in 1984 with an endowment from the late Floyd Chalmers to encourage research and study in the field of music in Canada. The endowment also created the Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music, the holder of which acts as director of the institute. The current Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music and ICM director is Dr. Robin Elliott.
The CSNCM at UofT Music is a centre of excellence for the study of all aspects of music in the long nineteenth century (c. 1789-1914). Bringing together scholars from musicology, music theory, performance studies, and other fields of enquiry, it intends to build collaborative relationships with other scholars across the humanities at the University of Toronto and with scholars of nineteenth-century music, dance, art history, and cultural history at other universities in Canada and beyond. Within the Faculty of Music the CSNCM fosters graduate teaching, advising, and mentoring related to nineteenth-century topics or repertoires, and coordinates lectures, reading groups, study days, symposia, and conferences. The current CSNCM director is Dr. Steven Vande Moortele.
UofT Music is affiliated with many research units and programs across the University, including:
JHI (the Jackman Humanities Institute), Munk School of Global Affairs, CMS (Centre for Medieval Studies), PIMS (Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies), Massey College Book Heritage and Print Culture Collaborative Program, OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), as well as more recent links with the Rotman School of Management, Martin Prosperity Institute, and Mind Brain Behaviour Hive, with the Faculty of Law, Centre for Innovation Law, with the iSchool Faculty of Information, McLuhan Culture and Technology Program, and through MaHRC with the Faculty of Medicine and UHN (University Health Network), the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, CPIN (Collaborative Program in Neuroscience), and the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development.
UofT Music welcomes visiting scholars, artists, and researchers who are interested in conducting scholarly and/or artistic research and working with members of our faculty for a limited period of time. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered periodically by a review committee.
UofT faculty and staff conducting research need to be aware of UofT Research Ethics policies.