Claire Renfrew

Name: Dr (Mary) Claire RenfrewIMG_9200-3

Research Area: Musical Identities,

Musicians Health & Wellbeing and the Lived Experiences of Professional Musicians

Departments: Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh

Email: clairerenfrew123@gmail.com

 

Biography

Claire Renfrew attained her PhD in October 2015 at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Professor Raymond MacDonald and Professor Dorothy Miell. She previously completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and an Undergraduate Psychology Degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. As an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Claire has previously taught and lectured on many different undergraduate and postgraduate modules at Edinburgh University, Glasgow Caledonian University and University College London. She has presented at numerous conferences and her PhD explored the musical identities and lived experiences of professional orchestral musicians. Claire is also a Chartered Psychologist who writes and presents for academic purposes and also in the media.

 

Research Interests

Musical Identities

The Lived Experiences of Professional Musicians

Musicians Health & Wellbeing

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods with a specific focus on Interpretative Methodological Analysis and Thematic Analysis

 

Invited Lectures & Presentations

Renfrew, C. (2018). It’ll Be Alright On The Night? An Exploration of the Psychological Health and Wellbeing of Popular Musicians. MSc Performing Arts Medicine. University College London, February 13th 2018

Renfrew, M. C., MacDonald, R. A. R. & Miell, D. (2015). Exploring The ‘I’ In Musician: Investigating The Musical Identities of Professional Orchestral Musicians. Music research seminars, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanitites (College of Humanities and Social Science), University of Edinburgh February 5th

Renfrew, C. (2012). Investigating Musical Identities of Professional Classical Musicians. In the British Psychological Society Cognitive Conference 2012 Programme and Abstracts (pp. 23). Leicester: The British Psychological Society.

Renfrew, C., MacDonald, R. & Duncan, B (2012). The Story So Far: Investigating Musical Identities of professional Classical Musicians. Post Graduate Mini Conference. Glasgow Caledonian University, May 2012

Renfrew, C., MacDonald, R. & Duncan, B (2011). Investigating Musical Identities of professional Classical Musicians. Music Psychology Group Meeting. Glasgow Caledonian University, May 2011

 Renfrew, C., MacDonald, R. & Duncan, B (2011). Investigating Musical Identities of professional Classical Musicians. Post Graduate Mini Conference. Glasgow Caledonian University, May 2011

 

Conference Papers

Renfrew, C., MacDonald, R. & Duncan, B. (2011). Investigating Musical Identities of Classical Musicians. The British Psychological Society Annual Conference. Programme and Abstracts (pp.55). Leicester: The British Psychological Society. Glasgow, 4th – 6th May 2011

Renfrew, C. (2011). Investigating Musical Identities of Classical Musicians. In Stakelum, M. and Himonides, E. (Eds.) SEMPRE Conference: Developing the Musician (pp.61-62). London: International Music Education Research Centre. 4th March 2011

 

Publications

Renfrew, C. (2018). Musicians Mental Health & Wellbeing. Abbey Road Studios, (https://www.abbeyroad.com/news/abbey-road-talks-to-dr-claire-renfrew-for-world-mental-health-day-2441)

Renfrew, C. (2017). Creative Care: How To Cope With Being A Musician. M Magazine, (https://www.m-magazine.co.uk/features/creative-care-cope-musician/)

Renfrew, M. C. (2016). Exploring The ‘I’ In Musician: Investigating Musical Identities of Professional Orchestral Musicians. PhD Thesis submitted to The University of Edinburgh, 2016, (https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/155778468.pdf)

 

Poster Presentations

Renfrew, C. (2014). Investigating Musical Identities of Professional Orchestral Musicians. Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Research Festival, Edinburgh, 24th May – 1st June 2014

Renfrew, C. (2012). Investigating Musical Identities of Classical Musicians. In Stakelum, M. and Himonides, E. (Eds.) SEMPRE Conference: SEMPRE 40th Anniversary (pp. 80). University of London, International Music Education Research Centre, London. September 14th – 15th 2012

 

Funding Awarded

2012   Travel Award, Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE)

2011   Travel Award, Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE)

 

Teaching

Psychology of Music, Undergraduate, Course Tutor, University of Edinburgh

Music Psychology, Fourth Year Undergraduate, University of Edinburgh

Psychology: An Introduction, First Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Psychology for Health Professionals 1, First Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

The Person in a Social Context, Second Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Applied Psychology for Nurses, First Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Personality and Individual Differences, Third Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Introductory Psychology and Sociology for Health and Social Care Practitioners, First Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology, Graduate Diploma Level, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Introduction to Learning and Cognition, Second Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Identity and Differences, First Year Undergraduate, Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University

Psychology 1, First Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Edinburgh University

Developmental Psychology, Fourth Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Introductory Skills for Psychology, First Year Undergraduate, Course Tutor, Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Group/ Event Organisation

2015 – 2016, Event Coordinator for ‘Concurrent: Exploring Improvisation Between Performing Arts Practitioners’, Edinburgh College of Art

2011, Event Coordinator for the Psychology Post-Graduate Mini Conference. Glasgow Caledonian University, May 2011

2011, Post-graduate psychology representative for Post Graduates at Glasgow Caledonian University

2011, Representative and coordinator for Glasgow Caledonian University on the Scottish Universities Post-graduate Psychology Research Training Committee

2010 – 2012, Glasgow Caledonian University Music Psychology Reading Group

 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Chartered Member of The British Psychological Society (2016 – present)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014 – present)

Member of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (2011 – present)