Ruby Swift


PhD Student (TAnDem Doctoral Training Centre)

Association for Dementia Studies

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542468 or 01905 542531

Twitter: @singingcircles

Ruby Swift is engaged in doctoral research into the potential for personalised music playlists in dementia care to assist in quality of life and communication. She is working within the TAnDem Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), a collaborative partnership between the Universities of Worcester and Nottingham, funded by The Alzheimers Society. She is an experienced singing for health practitioner with an interest in applied research in this field.

MA Musicology (2013). University of Wolverhampton; School of Performing Arts.

BA (hons.) Music (2007). University of Wolverhampton; School of Performing Arts.

Teaching, Research and Knowledge Transfer

Ruby is currently conducting a doctoral research project exploring music with people with dementia who are living at home and the people who care for them. Ongoing research interests include voice work for health and wellbeing.

Ruby is being supervised by Professor Eleanor Bradley at the University of Worcester, Theresa Mitchell at the University of Worcester, Dr Claire Garabedian and Professor Amanda Griffiths at the University of Nottingham. Current project:

Exploring and developing ‘Personally Significant Music’ as creative process within the caring relationships of individuals with dementia living at home (2016-19), Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia Champions Course for Care UK, Chandler Court care home. February 27th – 28th & April 18th – 19th, 2018. Bromsgrove, UK.

Masterclass for Sanctuary Group: Singing in Caring Communication. May 31st, 2017. Worcester, UK.

Goethean Observation: contribution to a Phenomenology workshop. November 29th, 2017. Worcester University, UK.

Collaborative Working with Arts and Health Presentation: Singing for the Brain. May 26th, 2016. Worcestershire Arts Partnership, UK. Liz Green, Ruby Swift.

Master of Arts workshop: Singing for Health and Wellbeing and the Experience of Sound. February 18th, 2016. Birmingham City University, UK


Professional experience and membership

Professional development

Ruby regularly attends creative arts and arts for health trainings, workshops and conferences to keep abreast of current developments and to enrich and inform her research and practice.

Professional membership

Alongside her studies, Ruby remains a registered volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society and is a member of:

  • British Society of Gerontology (BSG)
  • Emerging Researcher in Ageing (ERA)
  • National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare (NAMIH)
  • Natural Voice Network (NVN)

Publications and Dissemination


Artful Research: researching arts engagement through engaging in the arts. Presentation at the Seeds of Knowledge Conference. July 5th, 2018. Worcester, UK.

The Music in the Person; the Person in the Music. Presentation at the TAnDem Conference. September 20th, 2018. Nottingham, UK. Elizabeth Dowson, Ruby Swift.

Exploring And Developing ‘Personally Significant Music’ As Creative Process Within The Caring Relationships Of Individuals With Dementia Living At Home. Presentation at the Music Care Conference. October 11th, 2018. Nottingham, UK.

Music and Dementia. Poster at the Seeds of Knowledge Conference. June 29th, 2017. Worcester, UK.

Arts And Dementia: Reflecting On Practice, Engagement And Value. Workshop at the International Culture, Health & Wellbeing Conference. June 19th, 2017. Bristol, UK. Emma Broome, Karen Gray, Ruby Swift, Amy Veale.

Barnell (Swift), R. (2012) ‘Neonatal Nightingales: Live Parental and Neonatal Nurse Infant-Directed Singing as a Beneficial Intervention for the Health and Development of Infants in Neonatal Care’. University of Wolverhampton[online]. Available from:

Stannard, K. & Barnell (Swift), R. (July/August, 2009). ‘Keep Music Education Live’. Learning and Teaching Magazine, 14-18.