Music in the Psychoanalytic Ear: Thinking, Listening and Playing

Research Day at the Institute of Musical Research

The Court Room, Senate House Library, London (WC1E 7HU)

9:00-17:30, Saturday 19th May 2018


Link to registration. 

The conference is free to attend but registration is essential.


The conference programme is available here.


Invited speakers: Ann Sloboda, Head of Music Therapy (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Psychoanalyst; Dr Kenneth Smith, Musicologist (University of Liverpool); Dr Rosemary Rizq, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Chartered Psychologist and Principal Lecturer (University of Roehampton).

A number of scholars in music studies have recently drawn on psychoanalytic ideas to make sense of musical experiences and meaning. At the same time, there are long-established links between music therapy and psychoanalysis; a large number of psychoanalysts, analytic psychotherapists and others working in this ‘talking’ tradition have themselves considered what music might mean in light of their clinical practice. However, despite influencing one another, these disciplines tend to operate independently, with practitioners of each rarely directly engaging those across the disciplinary divides. Musicologists, music therapists, and psychoanalysts have talked about music, but rarely do they speak to one another about music. This IMR research day addresses the need for interdisciplinary dialogue by asking: what can we learn about music when these disciplines begin to speak and listen to one another?

Organisers: Dr Rachel Darnley-Smith (University of Roehampton); Dr Samuel Wilson (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

This study day is generously supported by the Institute for Musical Research in association with the School of Advanced Studies, the ResearchWorks Programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton.