Stephanie Pitts is Professor of Music Education at the University of Sheffield, UK, with research interests in musical participation, arts audiences, and lifelong learning. She is the author of books including Valuing Musical Participation (Ashgate, 2005), Chances and Choices: Exploring the Impact of Music Education (OUP, 2012), Music and Mind in Everyday Life (Clarke, Dibben & Pitts, OUP, 2010), and a co-edited volume on audience experience, Coughing and Clapping (Burland & Pitts, Ashgate, 2014). She is director of the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre ( and has recently completed a 30 month project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on understanding audiences for the contemporary arts, working with arts sector partners across four UK cities.