As part of her industrial placement with BT, Sam Duffy conducted an ethnographic study of co-present instrumental music lessons to determine the non-verbal interactions which facilitate lesson flow.  The results of the study were used to evaluate a modified video conferencing prototype developed by BT as part of the TA2 project to supports music tuition by providing a remote tutor with multiple views of their student.  Sam worked in collaboration with Aldeburgh music in Suffolk where the prototype is being tested.



Sam is interested in the interactions between musicians in educational settings. This broad theme encompasses many areas such as embodied interaction and conversation analysis and she is using qualitative research methods to investigate how these interactions translate to remote music tuition. Sam is currently carrying out an ethnographic study of one-to-one instrumental music lessons using qualitative video analysis. She examines the footage from Junior Saturday School classes at London conservatoires, using the video annotation tool ELAN. Sam is also a saxophone player in concert bands, big bands and saxophone quartets.

Current research topic: The Organisation of Musical Conversation