Sam Duffy

PRiSM Centre Manager


Sam is the Centre Manager for PRiSM, the RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music, which brings together researchers and practitioners in composition, performance, Artificial Intelligence, mathematics, music perception and data science, to foster and promote world-leading research through creative collaborations between the sciences and music. Responsible for the operational running of PRiSM, including:

  • PRiSM Project Management
  • PRiSM Impact Data
  • Managing the Research England E3 Funding for PRiSM
  • PRiSM Social Media and Webpages 
  • Managing the PRiSM space

Sam is an academic with interests in music education, social music making and how technology can be used to transform these interactions. Her thesis used qualitative video analysis and conversation analysis to examine student-tutor interaction during one-to-one instrumental music lessons. In particular how it changes when the lesson takes place remotely, mediated through video conferencing technology. She was also part of the research team that developed the app Steve Reich’s Clapping Music in collaboration with The London Sinfonietta. Sam is an Alumni of the Media and Arts Technology doctoral training programme, The Cognitive Science Research Group and the Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary University of London.

Sam is also an experienced Finance and Business Professional and has worked in senior management in a number of High Street Retail and Not-for-Profit organisations. A qualified chartered accountant (ACA) with an MBA from London Business School.

Sam is a busy amateur singer and saxophonist with a passion for contemporary big band jazz. She has played with many ensembles including The Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra (MOJO), the BBC Elstree Concert Band and various saxophone quartets, and recorded vocals for The Vince Rogers Project, Testcard F and European Radio. 

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