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Dr Rosie Perkins

BMus, MA, PhD, FHEA, FRSPH

Rosie Perkins is Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Rosie’s research focuses on arts in health and performers’ career development, and she is the programme leader for the RCM’s ground-breaking MSc in Performance Science. 

Rosie’s research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and Arts Council England. From 2015-2017 she was Principal Investigator for Music and Motherhood, a project investigating the impact of creative interventions on postnatal depression, and from 2018 she is leading qualitative research into the health, economic and social impact of the arts as part of the AHRC-funded HEartS project.

Rosie completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, winning the British Federation of Women Graduates Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship for her research into higher music education. From 2008-14 Rosie was a board member of the International Society for Music Education’s Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician; she is an honorary member of the Dutch research group Lifelong Learning in Music, a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health University of Nottingham, and a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

Selected publications

Fancourt D & Perkins R (2018), The effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: a three-arm randomised controlled trial, British Journal of Psychiatry, 212, 119-121 [DOI].

Perkins R, Reid H, Araújo L, Clark T, & Williamon A (2017), Perceived enablers and barriers to optimal health among music students: a qualitative study in the music conservatoire setting, Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (968), 1-15 [DOI].

Ascenso S, Williamon A, & Perkins R (2017), Understanding the psychological wellbeing of professional musicians through the lens of positive psychology, Psychology of Music, 45, 65-81 [DOI]

Fancourt D & Perkins R (2017), Associations between singing to babies and symptoms of postnatal depression, wellbeing, self-esteem and mother-infant bond, Public Health, 145, 149-152 [DOI].

Perkins R, Ascenso S, Atkins L, Fancourt D, & Williamon A (2016), Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery, Psychology of Well-Being, 6 (11), 1-17 [DOI].

Perkins R, Aufegger L, & Williamon A (2015), Learning through teaching: exploring what conservatoire students learn from teaching beginner older adults, International Journal of Music Education, 33, 80-90 [DOI].

Perkins R & Williamon A (2014), Learning to make music in older adulthood: a mixed-methods exploration of impacts on wellbeing, Psychology of Music, 42, 550-567 [DOI] [VIDEO].

Perkins R (2013), Learning cultures and the conservatoire: an ethnographically-informed case study, Music Education Research, 15, 196-213 [DOI].

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Faculties / departments: Research

Research

Latest Publications

Ascenso, S. and Perkins, R. and Williamon, A. (2018) Resounding meaning: a PERMA wellbeing profile of classical musicians. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (1895). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1664-1078

Waddell, G. and Perkins, R. and Williamon, A. (2018) Making an impression: Error location and repertoire features affect performance quality rating processes. Music Perception, 36 (1). pp. 60-76. ISSN 1533-8312

Perkins, R. and Yorke, S. and Fancourt, D. (2018) How group singing facilitates recovery from the symptoms of postnatal depression: a comparative qualitative study. BMC Psychology, 6. pp. 1-12. ISSN 2050-7283

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. (2018) Could listening to music during pregnancy be protective against postnatal depression and poor wellbeing post birth? Longitudinal associations from a preliminary prospective cohort study. BMJ Open, 8 (7). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2044-6055

Ascenso, S. and Perkins, R. and Atkins, L. and Fancourt, D. and Williamon, A. (2018) Promoting well-being through group drumming with mental health service users and their carers. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 13 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1748-2631

Perkins, R. and Yorke, S. and Fancourt, D. (2018) Learning to facilitate arts-in-health programmes: a case study of musicians facilitating creative interventions for mothers with symptoms of postnatal depression. International Journal of Music Education. ISSN 0255-7614 (In Press)

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. (2018) The effects of mother-infant singing on emotional closeness, affect, anxiety, and stress hormones. Music & Science, 1. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2059-2043

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. (2018) Creative interventions for symptoms of postnatal depression: a process evaluation of implementation. Arts & Health. ISSN 1753-3015 (In Press)

Perkins, R. and Fancourt, D. (2018) The effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: a three-arm randomised controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 212 (2).

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. (2017) Does attending community music interventions lead to changes in wider musical behaviours? The effect of mother-infant singing classes on musical behaviours amongst mothers with symptoms of postnatal depression. Psychology of Music. ISSN 0305-7356 (In Press)

Araújo, L. and Wasley, D. and Perkins, R. and Atkins, L. and Redding, E. and Ginsborg, J. and Williamon, A. (2017) Fit to perform: an investigation of higher education music students’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors toward health. Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (1558). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1664-1078

Stahl, G. and Burnard, P. and Perkins, R. (2017) Critical reflections on the use of Bourdieu's tools 'in concert' to understand the practices of learning in three musical sites. Sociological Research Online, 22 (3). pp. 57-77. ISSN 1360-7804

Perkins, R. and Reid, H. and Araújo, L. and Clark, T. and Williamon, A. (2017) Perceived enablers and barriers to optimal health among music students: a qualitative study in the music conservatoire setting. Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (968). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1664-1078

Yorke, S. and Perkins, R. (2017) Music and Motherhood - Facilitating Interventions for Mothers and their Babies. Manual. Royal College of Music, London.

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. (2017) Associations between singing to babies and symptoms of postnatal depression, wellbeing, self-esteem and mother-infant bond. Public Health, 145. pp. 149-152. ISSN 0033-3506

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. (2017) Maternal engagement with music up to nine months post-birth: Findings from a cross-sectional study in England. Psychology of Music. ISSN 0305-7356 (In Press)

Perkins, R. and Ascenso, S. and Atkins, L. and Fancourt, D. and Williamon, A. (2016) Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery. Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice, 6 (11). pp. 1-17.

Aufegger, L. and Perkins, R. and Wasley, D. and Williamon, A. (2016) Musicians’ perceptions and experiences of using simulation training to develop performance skills. Psychology of Music, 45 (3). pp. 417-431. ISSN 0305-7356

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. and Ascenso, S. and Carvalho, L. A. and Steptoe, A. and Williamon, A. (2016) Effects of group drumming interventions on anxiety, depression, social resilience and inflammatory immune response among mental health service users. PLOS ONE, 11 (3). e0151136. ISSN 1932-6203

Ascenso, S. and Williamon, A. and Perkins, R. (2015) Understanding the wellbeing of professional musicians through the lens of Positive Psychology. Psychology of Music. ISSN 0305-7356 (In Press)

Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. and Ascenso, S. and Atkins, L. and Kilfeather, S. and Carvalho, L. and Steptoe, A. and Williamon, A. (2015) Group drumming modulates cytokine response in mental health services users: a preliminary study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 85 (1). pp. 53-55. ISSN 0033-3190

Perkins, R. and Aufegger, L. and Williamon, A. (2014) Learning through teaching: exploring what conservatoire students learn from teaching beginner older adults. International Journal of Music Education, 33 (1). pp. 101-117.

Ascenso, S. and Perkins, R. (2013) ‘The more the merrier’? Understanding the wellbeing of professional musicians in collaborative and solo work settings. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, 23-31 August 2013, Austria.

Korte, M. and Perkins, R. and Williamon, A. (2013) Learning to perform in older adulthood: implications for physical and mental wellbeing. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, 23-31 August 2013, Austria.

Perkins, R. and Williamon, A. (2013) Learning to make music in older adulthood: A mixed-methods exploration of impacts on wellbeing. Psychology of Music, 42 (4). pp. 550-567. ISSN 0305-7356

Williamon, A. and Perkins, R. and Ritchie, L. and Thompson, S. (2012) Premiers pas en musique: étude de l’engagement des enfants vis-à-vis de la musique (Musical beginnings: a study of children’s engagement with music). In: Musique et Sciences de l’Esprit (Music and the Sciences of the Mind). Académie Royale de Belgique, Brussels, pp. 123-137. ISBN 978-2-8031-0299-0

Perkins, R. and Williamon, A. (2011) ‘I kind of get lost in it’: experiences of learning to perform music in older adulthood. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2011, 24-27 August 2011, Canada.

Perkins, R. (2009) The learning cultures of performance: applying a cultural theory of learning to conservatoire research. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2009, 15-18 December 2009, New Zealand.

Williamon, A. and Wasley, D. and Perkins, R. and Ginsborg, J. and Hildebrandt, W. (2009) Profiling musicians’ health, wellbeing, and performance. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2009, 15-18 December 2009, New Zealand.

Contact

For enquires please contact:

Dr Rosie Perkins

Research Fellow

research@rcm.ac.uk

rosie.perkins@rcm.ac.uk