Karen Burland is Professor of Applied Music Psychology at the University of Leeds and is currently the faculty and university academic lead for work relating to employability and student futures.

Karen researches musical identities and their role in musical participation in a variety of contexts. She is currently involved in projects investigating the ways in which undergraduate and postgraduate students engage with, and perceive, employability activities during university and beyond, and is interested in exploring the ways in which musicians create and support their work in music, as well as the role of music for wellbeing. Her book Coughing and Clapping: Investigating Audience Experience, edited with Stephanie Pitts, was published in December 2014.

Karen was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2022 for her work as a music psychology educator and her approaches to supporting the employability of students in Higher Education.

Past Short Courses

Exploring the Role of Identity in Creating a Life with Music
Tuesday 21st November 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(London Time)

Exploring the Role of Identity in Creating a Life with Music

Professor Karen Burland

This session will explore the ways in which our identification with music influences the modes and impact of musical participation throughout the lifespan. The session will combine discussion of emerging research literature in this area, and provide a space for us to think together about what this means for us as musicians, educators, students (and the myriad other identities we all hold!).