Dr Lamont comes from a multidisciplinary background, having studied, taught and researched in the fields of music, education, and psychology, and her research concerns issues of musical development and musical engagement across the lifecourse. She has carried out studies with infants in the laboratory, research with children at schools using a range of methods, and studies of adults both in laboratory settings and more often in real life contexts.
Her research focuses on why and how people choose to engage with music, looking at issues of musical choice and preference, differences in engagement in listeners and amateur performers, emotional responses to music, music and wellbeing, and questions of musical identity. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on aspects of being a musician, on everyday experiences of music, on how music is used to support other activities and on lifelong involvement with music.
She is currently working on a book with David Hargreaves on the psychology of musical development to appear in 2016 (published by Oxford University Press). She has been at Keele since 2001 and teaches mainly at postgraduate and international levels on happiness, wellbeing, music psychology and research methods.
Coll, H. & Lamont, A. (2009) (Eds.). Sound Progress: Exploring Musical Development. National Association of Music Educators.
Lamont, A. (2009). Music in the school years. In: S. Hallam, I. Cross & M. Thaut (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 235-243.
Lamont, A. (2002). Musical identities and the school environment. In: R.A.R. MacDonald, D.J. Hargreaves & D. Miell (Eds.), Musical Identities, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 49-55.