Clare Neil

PhD Student
Office: TC 328

Clare Neil is a PhD student in Musicology with a primary focus in Popular Music, namely Hard Rock and Heavy Metal studies, and a secondary interest in Early Music notation development. While these fields can seem at odds, it is surprising how often one informs the other. She also holds a BA in Music from York University, Toronto, and an MA in Musicology from Dalhousie University, Halifax.

In her MA thesis, Clare focused on the music of Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down. She has presented pieces of her MA work at conferences ranging from the International Association for Popular Music Studies Canada, to the City University of New York Graduate Students in Music Conference, to the Songs of Social Protest Conference hosted in Limerick, Ireland. The latter has resulted in Clare’s first forthcoming publication: “BOOM! Goes the Global Protest Movement: Heavy Metal, Protest, and the Televisual in System of a Down’s “Boom!” Music Video” in Songs of Social Protest edited by Martin Power, Aileen Dillane, Eoin Devereux, and Amanda Haynes to be published through Rowman and Littlefield, London in 2017.

Investigating how hard rock and heavy metal sounds can be used to create meaning, and how those meanings can be focused towards social commentary, continues to be the focus of Clare’s research moving into her PhD studies.