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Ms Cecilia Quaintrell

Ms Cecilia Quaintrell

Ms Cecilia Quaintrell

Music (PhD)

Area of research

Testing boundaries: a cross-cultural study of musical endings

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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My project explores how musical endings work in 15 diverse groups.  Using a structured heuristic method which combines musical and ethnographic analysis, I examine the creative, interactive and pragmatic means by which the ideas of ending as a concept are treated.


My work considers the musical endings of 15 linguistically-unrelated music groups, under the supervision of Dr Guido Heldt (Department of Music) and Professor Fiona Jordan (Department of Anthropology).  The project tests a heuristic comparative method that draws on diversity and change.

Research group: excd lab, exploring the evolution of cross-cultural diversity (Department of Anthropology).




  • 2016: teaching assistant for Peoples, Culture and Language (Department of Anthropology)
  • 2012-2015: personal tutor to first-year groups: teaching, pastoral care and assessment of assignments and exam scripts. Topics supported included Musical Analysis, Historiography, Music History and essential academic skills. 
  • 2011-2015: teaching assistant for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching units in the Department of Music. Units taught included Notation to Performance, C19th and C20th Music History, Analytical Techniques, Readings in Musicology.  Individual topics also included What Does it Mean to be Human? (with the Department of English for the Foundation Year), An Introduction to your PhD: an Orientation for New Research Students (for the Faculty of Arts) and ethnomusicological topics.  
  • 2013-2015:  back-up tutor for postgraduates who are non-native English speakers.
  • 2012: research assistant: helped to compile a bibliography for a monograph.
  • 2015: member of the Organising and Programme Committee for the Royal Musical Association’s Research Students Conference 2015.


  • musical endings
  • metaphor
  • evocatory
  • invocatory
  • audience
  • cross-cultural
  • comparative



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