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Dr Kenneth Smith PhD

Senior Lecturer in Music, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, School of the Arts Lead for Admissions, Recruitment & Widening Participation Music


Personal Statement

Kenneth has worked at Liverpool since 2011 after holding posts at Keele and Durham (where he completed his PhD in 2009). His first book, 'Skryabin, Philosophy and the Music of Desire' was published early in 2013, and he has published essays in major international journals on Alexander Skryabin, Karol Szymanowski, Charles Ives and Alexander von Zemlinsky. In addition to his interest in Western art-music from the turn of the twentieth century, Kenneth specializes in music theory. His next book is to be a psychological model of twentieth century harmony that examines works by a range of composers, setting these into theoretical and philosophical contexts based on fin-de-siècle aesthetics. Kenneth is also interested in the analysis of popular music with a co-edited book (The Routledge Companion to Expanding Approaches to Popular Music) contracted for summer 2017 and has published on form and harmony in Modest Mouse and Suede. As vice-president and events officer for the Society of Music Analysis, Kenneth co-organised the popMAC conference at Liverpool in 2014, will co-organise the RMA conference in Liverpool 2017, and assists with running conferences in the SMA.

Administrative Roles

  • Admissions Tutor in Music,
  • Admissions, Recruitment Lead for School of the Arts
  • Vice-President / Events Officer for Society for Music Analysis,

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