Katy Robinson was the research assistant on the AHRC Cultural Value project ‘Dropping in and dropping out: investigating cultural value with lapsed and partial musical participants’, and at the completion of the project secured a researcher role with Youth Music. Her profile at the time of the project was as follows:
I am a graduate of both the BMus and MA Psychology of Music courses at the University of Sheffield, and I have spent most of my time as a student exploring research topics concerning musical participation and music education. My MA dissertation focused on motivations for amateur musical participation across the lifespan, and as a result, I am particularly looking forward to beginning work on the AHRC project and broadening my knowledge on the place of music and other forms of culture in people’s lives.
I have also worked as a research assistant to Stephanie Pitts on a project supported by the University of Sheffield Arts Enterprise Fund, observing ‘Music Box’ workshops in Sheffield primary schools, run by Music in the Round. Alongside my role on the AHRC project, I am the Company Producer for immersive theatre company The Bare Project, who regularly perform new writing at Bank Street Arts, CADS, and Sheffield University Students’ Union.