Dr Nicola Spelman
Nicola Spelman is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Salford where she teaches composition and popular musicology. She is Programme Leader for the BA Music (Popular Music & Recording) and has contributed to the development of music education at Salford for many years, designing and developing modules in a range of subject areas. Her key interests are popular musicology, popular music composition, music semiotics and representation, and music and madness. She has worked as an external consultant and examiner for other academic institutions, and currently fulfils the role of External Examiner for the University of Derby and the University of East London. Nicola's research interests surround issues of representation within popular music. Her authored book Popular Music & the Myths of Madness (Ashgate, 2012) identifies links between the anti-psychiatry movement and representations of madness in popular music of the 1960s and 1970s, analysing the various ways in which ideas critical of institutional psychiatry are embodied both verbally and musically in specific songs by David Bowie, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, the Beatles, and Elton John. Her recent critical work explores the areas of noise music, music and memory, and audience participation. Nicola teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including modules in Applied Composition & Technology; Compositional Practice; Creative Composition & Arranging; and Professional Practice.