Shelly Coyne

Published: 14 September 2015

Exploring the world of choirs and community singing groups with singers who have experience homelessness

University of Edinburgh

Exploring the world of choirs and community singing groups with singers who have experienced homelessness

Academic History:

2015 - PhD Music - University of Edinburgh

2008 - MSc Music in the Community (Distinction) - University of Edinburgh

1990 - BA (Hons) English & Theatre Studies - Lancaster University


Professor Raymond MacDonald

Dr Niamh Moore

Dr Katie Overy

Research Interests:

  • Choirs and community singing groups for participants who have experienced homelessness
  • Arts addressing issues of poverty, social isolation and poor health for marginalised participants
  • Community Music and Community Music Therapy
  • Music, Health and Wellbeing
  • Arts and Criminal justice
  • Musical identities

Previous Research Projects:

  • Singing as a Driving Force for Change: What is the perceived effect of participating in a Community Choir in an Area of High Deprivation in Glasgow
  • What is the Effect of Using Music and Singing with Albanian Children Learning English as a Foreign Language

Scholarships and Funding:

  • 2017
    • SGSAH Student Development Fund - £1115
    • Reid School of Music awards - £220
    • Edinburgh College of Art - £400
  • 2016
    • SEMPRE/The Gerry Farrell Travel Award - £2000
    • Gwen Clutterbuck Award - £1000
    • Principles Go Abroad Fund - £500
    • Edinburgh College of Art - £200
  • 2015
    • AHRC DTP Studentship 3 years funding
  • 2009
    • Edinburgh School of Music Travel Scholarship - £800


  • Teaching Foreign Languages through Songs
  • Teaching Music in Prisons

A credited contributor to two publications developed by the Institute for IMHSD in 2009

  • Singing Well-being and Health: Context, Evidence and Practice.

Credited developer and contributor to three singing resources, produced by The Sidney de Haan Research Centre at Canterbury Christchurch University entitled

  • Sing Up, Young Singing Leaders (2011), a co-writer of a training manual

Contact Details:

Address: Reid School of Music, Alison House, 12 Nicholson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9DF

First published: 14 September 2015