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Dr Hermione Ruck Keene

Dr Hermione Ruck Keene

Associate Lecturer

 01392 72 4886

 North Cloisters NC123


North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


As an Associate Lecturer in Music Education, I teach on the Creative Arts in Educaiton MA programme, where I am the music specialist tutor, and supervise PhD students in relevant fields. I came to Exeter in 2015 after several years as a Primary class and music specialist teacher, and having completed a PhD in Sociology of Music with Professor Lucy Green at the UCL Institute of Education.  Alongside my academic work, I maintain an active career as a music educator and performer; I am the musical director of Fulham Children's Choir (www.fulhamchildrenschoir.com) and teach singing to both children and adults.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Music Education 
  • Sociology of Music
  • Musical Participation
  • Musical Identities
  • Musical and Mental Health/Wellbeing


BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, PhD

Research group links


Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of musical participation, music education and creativity. I am currently researching adult musical participation and musical identity, with a particular focus on the interactions between musicians from different musical backgrounds. I am also interested in the interdiscplinary potential of creative learning and teaching.

My publications include a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure, and a paper on amateur and professional musicians in choral contexts.

Research projects

CREATIONs (EUH2020, £120k) - Working with Kerry Chappell, Lindsay Hetherington, and  Charlotte Hathaway. The project aimed to develop engaging science classrooms across Europe using arts-based and creative approaches developed from work carried out by researchers from the Centre for Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures (incorporating CREATE). The project ran from 2015-18 and included an array of activities with science and arts teachers and their students. www.creations-project.eu

Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Ursula Crickmay

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