Dr Rachel SwindellsSenior Research Assistant


Exemplary Researcher Award, RIHSC, MMU - July 2013

Research Interests

Key research areas: arts, health and wellbeing (community arts participation and psychosocial wellbeing); ethnomusicology (music of West Java, gamelan, improvisation, music learning).

Research Projects

Halle St. Peters, community music project evaluation, Halle Concerts Society. £3,000 per year x 3 years. Only just commenced.

Only You 2.0, Arts Council England, £9,490 (through Axis Arts Centre, Crewe).
This was a creative composition project which culminated with a performance as part of a Halle/MMU music festival.

Research Outputs

Book Chapters

Swindells, R. & de B├ęzenac, C. (in press) "Music, Motivation and Competence Acquisition across Genres", in Welch, G. and Papageorgi, I. (eds.) Advanced Musical Performance: Investigations in Higher Education Learning. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Journal Articles

Swindells, R., Lawthom, R., Rowley, K. Siddiquee, A., Kilroy, A. and Kagan, C. (2013) "Eudaimonic Well-being and Community Arts Participation", Perspectives in Public Health, 133(1)

de Bezenac, C. & Swindells, R. (2009) "No Pain, No Gain? Enjoyment and Self-Regulation in Music Learning", International Journal of Education and the Arts, 10(16), 1-34

Conference Presentations

Swindells, R. & Clennon, O. (2013) "Gamelan, Community Engagement and Creative Collaboration", RIHSC Annual Conference 2013, Manchester Metropolitan University, 4-5 July

Swindells, R. (2013) "Gamelan, Joint Action & Wellbeing", poster presented at the Culture, Health, Wellbeing International Conference, Bristol, 24-26June

Swindells, R. (2012) "Invest to Save: Eudaimonic Well-being and the Participatory Arts", RIHSC Annual Conference 2012, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2-3 July

Other Types of Output

Swindells, R. (2009) "GAMELAN DEGUNG: A Practical Guide for Staff at HMYOI Thorn Cross", Halle Concerts Society

Swindells, R. (2008) "Good Vibrations - Gamelan in Prisons: A Process-Oriented Facilitation Training Course with Evan Root", Evaluation report for the Firebird Trust

Rachel Swindells

Research Centre

Social Change & Wellbeing


Research Institute for Health and Social Change
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 247 2418

Email: r.swindells@mmu.ac.uk