Masters and PhD Study on the music of Frank Zappa

For those that may be interested, I have decided to dedicate time to develop some post-graduate provision in the study of Frank Zappa’s music.  This potentially offers an opportunity to conduct some research into an aspect of Zappa that has not been thoughoughly researched before. This would probably initially be at masters level (MPhil), with the option of moving on to PhD if the work has the potential. The format is likely to be in traditional essay format, but there is also a possibility of pursuing a compositional route – for example examining areas of Zappa’s compositional and production techniques and reflecting this in a series of works with associated commentaries. If anyone is interested, can I ask you to email me in the first instance ( , after which we can arrange to discuss the details. I am looking for 3  – 4 students in the first instance, and there are options of full/part time and distance learning pathways.

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Academic working at the University of Glamorgan
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4 Responses to Masters and PhD Study on the music of Frank Zappa

  1. I’ve already got a PhD (which included a Zappa chapter) but if you ever need an external examiner, give me a shout… I’m currently teaching a ‘sonic art’ module to performing arts students at De Montfort University.


  2. Lara Selmassi says:

    I’m trying to track down a family whose son did a PhD (according to my mum) in Frank Zappa music. Family lived in Llantwit Major. His dad would be a Sikh I think called Jess or Jas. They were friends of my parents J & K in Bridgend, South Wales.

    I was thinking this would be a way to get in touch, as my parents wanted to know how Jas/Jess the dad is.
    Please pass on my details.
    Also, we are Zappa fans!


  3. Paul Carr says:

    Hi Lara – I have spoken to Chanan and he is happy for me to share his dad’s email. It is
    All best



  4. LARA SELMASSI says:

    Wow thank you so much! I noticed the name Chanan while I was doing my ‘research’ last night via Google, Facebook etc, but wasn’t sure it was the same family. I sent a pic of who I thought might be Jas/Jess off Facebook, but mum didn’t think it was him. Perhaps he’s not on Facebook. I’ve sent her Chanan I’ve found a photo of.Had a listen to his playing -lovely! Perhaps I can make a good excuse to go out & see some decent music, go see him play. I remember the family a little bit from when I was little. I’m 51 this year. Possibly older than Chanan. Anyway, thanks so much. Hopefully mum & dad can get in touch again. Kind regards Lara Selmassi 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android


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