John McGrath

London-based Guitarist and Academic

I currently lecture at ICMP and Goldsmiths where I teach:

Practice as Research
Advanced Performance
Research Skills
Cultural Theory
Musicology
Music and Philosophy
Theory and Arranging
Guitar Clinics
Film Music

At Liverpool I taught:

MA module - Popular Music Textual Analysis;
MMus module – Film Music;
MA module - Topics in Popular Music Studies;
Undergraduate Module – Classical Music History;
Undergraduate Module – Music in Experimental Film;
Undergraduate Module – Audio-Visual Media / Film Music;
Undergraduate Module - Music and Culture;
Undergraduate Module - Aesthetics / Philosophy of Music.

Publications

Monograph
Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music (New York: Routledge, 2017). ISBN: 978-1472475374.

Book Chapter
“Musical Repetition in Samuel Beckett’s Ill Seen Ill Said”, in Time and Space in Words and Music, ed. Mario Dunkel, Emily Petermann and Burkhard Sauerwald (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012), pp.31-42.

Book Reviews
“Beckett and Musicality” by Sara Jane Bailes and Nicholas Till (eds), Music and Letters (2015) 96 (4): 681-683. doi: 10.1093/ml/gcv097

“Mervyn Cooke (ed.), The Hollywood Film Music Reader and Tom Hoover, Keeping Score: Interviews with Today’s Top Film, Television, and Game Music Composers”, in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 6:2 (2012), pp.245-251.

Conference Review
“RMA Students’ Conference: Hull, 5-7 January 2012”, in RMA Newsletter XV: 1 (April 2012).

Concert Review
“Beckett in Music at Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive Conference”; York University, June 2011), Conference Website.


Conference Papers

“Conservative purism and the aesthetics of popular music in folk horror”

RMA Annual Conference, Sep 2017, Liverpool.


Not 1 – Group Improvisation and the loss of self”

IASPM UK & Ireland, Sep8-10 2016, BIMM and University of Sussex, Brighton

 

“Chaired Session:  Video-game music"

Music and Screen Media Conference, 25-26 June 2014, University of Liverpool


 “Scott Fields’ Beckettian Jazz”

Postgraduate Colloquium: University of Liverpool, March 2012.

 

Roundtable speaker: “Research Outputs and Impacts: The Value of Our Research”

Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference: Hull University, January 2012.

 

“Sounding Beckett: Musical Approaches to Text”

Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference: Hull University, January 2012.

 

Hearing Literature: Musical Translations of Samuel Beckett’s Writing”

Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) Student Conference: Dublin Institute of Technology, January 2012.

 

“Rhythm and Repetition: Semantic Fluidity in Beckett's Late Prose”

Postgraduate Colloquium: University of Liverpool, March 2011.

 

“Musico-literary Studies Today”

Institute of Musical Research Study Day: London, February 2011.

 

“Music and Irish Modernist Narratives”

Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference: Manchester, January 2011.

 

“Silent Music in Irish Literary Modernism”

International Association of Word and Music Studies Forum (WMAF): Dortmund, November 2010.

 

“Samuel Beckett and the Condition of Music”

Postgraduate Colloquium: University of Liverpool, March 2010.