Freya Bailes

Job Title: UAF in Music, Media and Mediation

Prior to my return to the UK in 2012 as a lecturer in music at the University of Hull, I was a senior research fellow at the MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney, collaborating with Professor Roger Dean on research into the perception and emotional expression of contemporary music, and the role of leadership in musical improvisation. This research draws on my previous post-doctoral experience at the L.E.A.D. (Université de Bourgogne), the C.S.M.L. (Ohio State University), and the Sonic Communications Research Group (University of Canberra).


My doctoral thesis ‘Musical Imagery: Hearing and Imagining Music’ explored the nature and prevalence of musical imagery (University of Sheffield). Years later, and I’m still fascinated by the phenomenon of imagining music in the ‘mind’s ear’, currently guest editing a special issue on the topic for the journal ‘Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain’ (for publication in June 2015).


I will be making the most of the Academic Fellowship to pursue my interests in the under-explored links between mental imagery and creativity in music, combining my research experience in experimental psychology with my education and insight as a musician. I also hope that my move to Leeds will afford plenty of opportunities to perform, as an oboist with a particular love for playing orchestral and chamber music.


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