Dr Holly Tessler BA(Hons), MBA, PhD, SFHEA

Programme Leader, MA Beatles, Music Industry and Heritage; Lecturer, Music Industries Music


    Personal Statement

    I returned to the Department of Music as a Lecturer in Music Industries in January, 2019, having completed my MBA (Music Industries) and PhD here in the 2000s.

    I previously held the post of Senior Lecturer, Commercial Music and Programme Leader, MA Music (Industries) at the University of the West of Scotland, from 2011-2019. I have also held various Music Industries lectureships at Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts), the University of East London and Birmingham City University.

    In addition, I have nearly ten years of commercial radio experience, having worked with several commercial and public radio stations in my native Philadelphia, including WXPN-FM (88.5), WIP-AM (610) and WMMR-FM (93.3), as well as serving as Music Manager for Radio Computing Services (RCS) in New York.

    Since rejoining the Department, I have created two university record labels: Redbrick Records, for staff research projects and original releases; and Merciful Sound, a fully student-run record label. I have also established the department's new postgraduate taught degree, MA The Beatles, Music Industry and Heritage, launching September, 2021.

    My research interests include the Beatles, music industries, music industries as creative industries, Garage Rock/Medway Sound, music branding, cultural branding, interactive audio, popular music culture and popular music history.