Sara Carvalho is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Arts of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where she holds the position of vice director of the music undergraduate degree course. She is a fellow researcher of Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, and her research interests centre on the fields of composition and music education.
As a composer Sara is interested in the interaction of different Performing Arts, as an extension and transformation of musical thinking, and all aspects associated with musical narrative and performer-composer collaboration. Her folio has over 50 pieces that are played regularly both in Portugal and around the World, including commissions by ensembles and soloists of international merit, and prestigious international institutions. Several of her pieces are available on CD. In 2012 Numérica edited her first monographic CD “7 pomegranate seeds”. Many of her scores are published by the Portuguese Music Information & Investigation Centre.
In the field of Music Education, Sara is researching the influence of creative processes on the development of musical thinking in children. Her research themes include: creativity in education, optimization of teaching-learning in the classroom, the influence of musical projects in schools and communities, music education of adults, and emotion and flow in a musical context.
She is regularly invited to sit on the panel of experts of the European Commission to evaluate projects for “Culture” and “Creative Europe” programmes. She has been a panel member of the scientific comities of many academic conferences and in 2011 organised the conference Performa – Conference on Performance Studies.
Her research work is presented at national and international conferences, and is published in different journals and book chapters, such as ASHGATE/SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music Series and London: Imperial College Press.