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Dr Esther Cavett

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in Music



Academic Background

BMus, MSc, PhD, LRAM, ARAM, Fellow, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Dr Esther Cavett is a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London, and College Lecturer in Music at Somerville College and Jesus College, Oxford.

Esther took her PhD in 1985 for a thesis on Mozart’s Variations, supervised by Arnold Whittall and Allen Forte. She then became a lecturer in the Faculty of Music in Oxford having previously taught at King’s College London and pursued a freelance music career. From 1990 to 2014 she worked as a commercial lawyer in the City of London, and for 8 years during that time she was a Governor of Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She returned to academia and to a Senior Research Fellowship at King’s in 2015, and started teaching music again at Oxford in 2018.

Undergraduate Teaching

Theory and Analysis of Western art music from 18th to 20th centuries. Women in 19th century music. Classical Concerto.

Research Interests

Music Theory and Analysis. Widening access to music education. Autoethnography. The music of Howard Skempton.

Other Interests

Esther works and performs with various musical charities dedicated to improving access to, and broadening appreciation of music:


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also the Faculty of Music website.