Dr Elizabeth Dobson
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Senior Lecturer in music technology at the University of Huddersfield since January 2007
Senior Lecturer in music technology at the University of Portsmouth (2003 - 2006)
- Course leader BSc Creative and Computational Sound
- Course leader MSc Creative and Computational Sound
Lecturer in music technology at Leeds College of Music (2000 - 2003)
Lecturer in music technology at Scarborough College, University of York then Hull (1998 - 2000)
2015 University of Wales Bangor postgraduate music courses validation/revalidation external
2015-2017 Plymouth University BA(Hons) Music
2014-2016 University of Hull Doncaster College BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology
Independent voluntary mentoring, sound design and soundtrack composition for Imaginary Friends Organisation; a community of makers in Birmingham. Multiple independent collaborations with art, dance and theatre between 1998 and 2003
Research and Scholarship
MA in Music for Film, Media and the Arts and PhD with the Open University Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology: "An investigation of the processes of interdisciplinary creative collaboration: the case of music technology students working within the performing arts"
Member of the Sound Music Image Collaboration Research Centre, and the Research Centre for Music, Gender and Identity.
Collaboration and creativity, particularly in Higher Education performing and digital arts.
Creativity and creative process: music composition processes and music technology.
Sociocultural and ethnographically framed research.
Music composition and sound design for picture and moving images.
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Dobson, E. and Littleton, K. (2015) ‘Digital technologies and the mediation of undergraduate students collaborative music compositional practices’ Learning, Media and Technology , pp. 1-21. ISSN 1743-9884
Dobson, E (2015) ‘Permission to Play: Fostering Enterprise Creativities in Music Technology through Extracurricular Interdisciplinary Collaboration’. In: Activating Diverse Musical Creativities: Teaching and Learning in Higher Music Education. London, UK: Bloomsbury. pp. 75-96. ISBN 9781472589132
Dobson, E (2012) An investigation of the processes of interdisciplinary creative collaboration: the case of music technology students working within the performing arts Doctoral thesis, Open University.
Dobson, E., Flewitt, R., Littleton, K. and Miell, D. (2011) ‘Studio Based Composers in Collaboration: a Socioculturally Framed Study’ Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 2011 , 2011, pp. 373-376.
Wilsmore, R., Alix, C. and Dobson, E. (2010) ‘Collaborative Art Practices in HE: Mapping and Developing Pedagogical Models’ Higher Education Academy Resources Centre .
Dobson, E (2009) ‘Interdisciplinary collaboration and studio based music composers in Higher Education: a longitudinal case study of practice and discussion of emerging themes’. In: Collaborative Processes in Music Making: Pedagogy and Practice, 11 November 2009, Department of Music and Recording, University of Surrey
Dobson, E (2009) ‘Serious Misunderstandings: Challenging the Educational and Creative Value of Collaboration for Music Technology Undergraduates’. In: Forum for Innovation in Music Production and Composition (FIMPaC), 20 February 2009, Leeds College of Music
Dobson, E (2006) ‘Book review: The Creative College: Building a Successful Learning Culture in the Arts, G. Jeffery (Ed.).’ Thinking Skills and Creativity , 1 (2), pp. 156-157. ISSN 1871-1871
Dobson, E (2006) ‘Research on music composition: Issues of creativity and collaboration’. In: Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Teaching, learning and performing music conference, 1 July 2006, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
National Association for Music in Higher Education committee member 2016
University of Huddersfield Thank you Award for Inspirational teaching in 2014
Teacher of the year award from the Huddersfield Community Awards 2014
Fellow of the HEA
2016 Invited speaker for the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association conference 2016
2015 Ableton, Berlin
2015 Invited participant in Rewiriting the Hack: an all women hackathon at The Core
2015 Keynote: Women in Sound, Women on Sound, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. On gender, community and activism in music technology education.
2015 Guest lecture, talking about my book chapter on enterprise creativities for Kingston University music department.
2015 Invited panel: NAMHE, SCUDD, DanceHE conference
2014 Keynote for the National Association of Music in Higher Education conference. Talking on creativity and enterprise in music education.
2014 Consultation for the University of Wolverhampton Music department, on fostering collaboration.
2011 Keynote for Sound, Sight, Space and Play, International Conference, DeMontfort University
Research Degree Supervision
At Masters level.
- Sound design for image/moving image.
- Composition and arrangement for image/moving image
Masters and PhD level
Elizabeth is happy to supervise students undertaking an MA by Research, and co-supervise PhD students interested in exploring collaborative practice from a theoretical point of view as part of a composition or performance portfolio. More specifically Elizabeth is interested in supervising work that:
- Research exploring collaborative process in performance/composition/multi-disciplinary contexts.
- Research that investigates socially situated creativity within new music.
- Research investigating undergraduate creative or co-creative processes.
- Research that seeks to learn more about collaborative growth through long-term collaborative relationships between specific practitioners.
- Work that investigates relationships between discourse and co-creative practice.
Prior supervision – Elizabeth helped to supervise Heather Roche who completed her PhD entitled: Dialogue and collaboration in the creation of new works for clarinet.
Harry Boam MA by Research: An autoethnographical self-case study analysing the mediating factors affecting creative sound work within a professional context.
Peter Goosey MA by Research: This research is concerned with addressing several audio-visual immersion theories and the impact of music in video games.
Geoff Wilson MA by Research: Research investigating performance realisation strategies for the contemporary film composer
Ben Hollings MA by Research: Research investigating compositional identity in the soundtrack
James Bagnall MA by Research: The strength of timbre and why it can be an invaluable tool to a moving image composer.
Nicholas Flatt MEnt (Masters in Enterprise): Investigating the use of audiovisual elicitation on the creative enterprise
2012 I set up a multidisciplinary collaboration group called CollabHub to help students from different disciplines meet and work together.
This group has provided regular networking and pitch/make meetings, plus an annual symposium for the benefit of current students, alumni and local people interested in collaboration. It won £5k from social enterprise organisation UnLtd
2015 I started the Yorkshire Sound Women Network.
Our mission is to inspire and enable more women and girls to explore sound and music technology. The full website provides details on our working group, mission, past and future workshops, agenda and also feedback. Since the first meeting on July 14th 2015, on Feb 19th 2016 we will have have delivered 9 public workshops (with 161 places) and many more are scheduled for 2016 already. This organisation is starting to have significant impact on learning and opportunity for women in a field where women are under represented. To receive updates please join the mailing list here.
Managing open days, applicant visit days and the co-ordination of outreach activities in music technology
Sitting on the School Teaching and Learning Committee
I am also the module leader supporting a wide range of undergraduate modules
Support to the Sound Music Image Collaboration research centre
Teaching and Professional Activities
Chair to the Yorkshire Sound Women Network
Support to placement students
Modules delivered since 2014
Computer music composition (first and final year students)
Composing music for film
Sound for Image
Arranging for popular music
Individual project supervision