Research Priorities

We are particularly interested in projects that address the following RPSM – Jane and Finch research priorities for the 2021/2022 school year: 

1. Virtual learning and programming  

Research topics may include but are not limited to: 

  • building a VR classroom
  • investigating innovative tools for online teaching
  • exploring how to build new communities through online music projects 

2. Health  

Research topics could investigate/explore how community music schools, such as RPSM, prioritize health, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic 

3. Curriculum development 

Research topics could look at RPSM through a Black-inclusion / anti-oppression lens and help schools like RPSM develop their musical and social curricula to address anti-Black racism. Research topics may include but are not limited to:  

  • program models
  • repertoire lists which offer more than the Eurocentric classical model
  • new vocabularies in music
  • teaching tools that lead to performance opportunities
  • musical adventures in a variety of contexts within or beyond the concert hall

In addition to the above priorities, we welcome all ideas for projects that may inform RPSM’s curriculum and programming. 

Proposals are also encouraged to build upon previous Helen Carswell Chair research wherever possible. View our comprehensive list of previous research topics here.