Anne Hsin-I Yang Hsin-I Yang


Dr. Viv Golding, Dr. Dave Unwin

Research interests

I am interested in how the term ‘music’ is understood and articulated in museum settings and by museum staff. My research explores contexts of musical experience including static exhibits, performance practices, and workshops. The aim of the study is to understand the above and thereby examine the value and limitations of presenting and interpreting musical collections in British museums. By investigating museums’ approaches and processes of integrating musical collections with available resources and through partnerships, and by analysing the contexts of musical experience, a research outcome is hoped to give significance to the role of musical collections.

Academic qualifications and achievements

Ph. D/MPhil in The Studies of Religion, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 2011-2012
MSc in Anthropology of Learning & Cognition, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London, 2009-2010
MA in Ethnomusicology (high merit), University of Sheffield, 2006-2007
BA in Applied Foreign Languages (English and Japanese, distinction), Aletheia University (Taiwan)
Diploma in Music Performance (French horn and piano), Tainan University of Technology (previously Taiwan Women’s College of Arts & Technology, Taiwan)

I have received a fieldwork research grant from the Petrie Watson Exhibition from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield (2006-2007). The grant has allowed me to carry out three research trips to Maramures, Romania. The first trip was the two- week Christmas break in 2006 that I was able to connect and introduce myself to the local musicians and the community.  The second visit took one month during the Easter holiday. I managed to conduct visual/audio recordings and interviews with the local officials and the villagers. The last trip was given one month during the summer in 2007. This purpose was for language study in order to aid accuracy of transcription and thus resolve an issue of translation. 

Working experiences

Educational assistant (2013-2014), Charles Dickens Museum, London
Ensemble instructor & event coordinator (2009-2011), Sheng Xien Elementary School (Tainan, Taiwan)
Piano/music theory teacher (1996-2009), KAWAI, YAMAHA, and my own studio (Tainan, Taiwan)

Volunteering experiences

Sunday visitor service (2013), Charles Dickens Museum, London
Community educator (2009-2010), Horniman Museum, London
Office support (2008-2009), Paper Wind Mill Cultural Foundation Theatre, Taiwan
Stage management support (2008-2009), ‘First Mile, Kids Smile: 319-township Cultural Project’, Paper Wind Mill Cultural Foundation, Taiwan

Academic & extracurricular roles

Coordinator (2014-2015), The Museum Studio, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Promotional material manager, annual academic conference ‘ Museums Alive’ (2014), School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Reception support, annual academic conference ‘Museum Metamorphosis’ (2013), School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Mbira player (2006-2007), African music ensemble, Department of Music, University of Sheffield
Choir member (2006-2007), ‘Sosa-xa’ Sounds of Southern Africa, Sheffield
French horn player (1996-2001), University Symphony Orchestra, University Brass Band Orchestra, Student Brass Band Scociety, Woodwind Quartet Camber Orchestra, Tainan Women’s College of Arts & Technology (Taiwan)


Transmission of Gender in Chinese Religion: Is It Natural or a Second Nature? (2010) The dissertation submitted for the fulfillment of the degree of MSc, LSE
Institutionally Organised Music-Making: A Case Study on doina in Maramures-Lapus, Romania. (2007) The dissertation submitted for the fulfillment of the degree of MA, University of Sheffield.

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