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Cameron Gardner  BMus, MA, PhD

Dr Cameron Gardner

BMus, MA, PhD

Lecturer & International Exchange, Socrates-Erasmus Co-ordinator


I hold a PhD in Musicology from Cardiff University. My teaching involves leading undergraduate modules in theory and analysis, music history, popular music and ethnomusicology, and I have delivered postgraduate classes in historical and critical studies. As a Schubert specialist I have published on the composer's maturation in instrumental genres, finding relationships to earlier works, the 'Great' Symphony, Beethoven, and to lied. My research integrates analysis with more hermeneutic approaches, drawing upon tonal, sonata-form, topic and narrative theory, as well as principles of markedness and gesture. I have held a visiting position at RWCMD.



As a Schubert scholar I completed my PhD at Cardiff in 2006, a semiotic analysis of the composer's 1825 Piano Sonatas, and have since published chapters in The Unknown Schubert (Ashgate, 2008) and Schubert's Rethinking (OUP, 2015). My interest in early-nineteenth-century repertoire was fostered as an undergraduate specializing in piano at Birmingham Conservatoire and, before, from studying with Roy Howat. I have also participated and directed international conferences, written for the Eighteenth-Century Music journal, worked for the BBC, and been an external PhD examiner at the University of Maynooth (2013).


At undergraduate level I currently teach Elements of Tonal Music, The Full Works, Repertoire Studies, Formal Functions in the Classical Tradition, Music Sounded Out and Practical Musicianship II. Within a similar area of topics I also supervise final-year dissertation students, and have contributed to postgraduate Historical and Critical Studies. As Coordinator for International Exchange Programmes I draw upon my teaching experience to develop links with music schools of institutes in the European Union and the United States.