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Dr Hermione Ruck Keene

Dr Hermione Ruck Keene

Honorary Lecturer



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 ( 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

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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.




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Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Ursula Crickmay

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