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Music: Music in Environmental Action – University Tutorial With Professor Nicola Dibben From The University of Sheffield

22nd November 2021 @ 15:35 - 16:20


In this live interactive Music tutorial, we will be joined Professor Nicola Dibben, an expert in the science and psychology of music. Nicola, Faculty Director of Research and Innovation in the Department of Music at The University of Sheffield, will explore Music in Environmental Action.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided by Sheffield in a Headliner recorded resource (see below) which offers insights into the key academic research and debate related to this fascinating topic. This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion and will develop the points below:

On 30th The natural world has inspired music makers across human cultures and histories: composers have been motivated by our planet’s oceans, landscapes and animal life to create music which expresses human relationships with the natural world. Today, we face the consequences of human actions and attitudes towards the natural world in the form of environmental change and the climate emergency.

What role does music have in this context? 

Coinciding with the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference taking place in the UK this autumn, this session explores the different ways in which music is relevant to environmentalism, drawing on music management and economics, composition and analysis, and music sociology.

The session considers how music is created and commissioned by environmentalist organisations; how music represents, expresses and uses the natural world as sound (e.g. compositional techniques incorporating field recordings or environmental data); how music brings people together in virtual/imagined activist communities, and in live performances which have their own environmental impacts.

To what extent can music make a difference to this major issue?


The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.

The Headliner recording is below.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Professor Nicola Dibben



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5 students studying or with an interest in studying Music and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider some of the key issues.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


22nd November 2021
15:35 - 16:20
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