Alexandra Lamont’s research centres on issues of musical development and musical engagement across the life course. 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 main research questions are: why and how people choose to engage with music? Why does a toddler respond well to a familiar piece of music? What can children learn about themselves through music? Why do we experience strong emotions in relation to music at festivals and live concerts? What kinds of social bonds are formed through active musical engagement? She focuses on these questions in everyday settings and placing musical experience in the wider context of people’s lives.