people...

iMerc people The International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc) brings together a team of nationally and internationally recognised scholars with a wide range of specialist expertise.

The Centre has a strong commitment to lifelong musical development and to teacher and professional education in these areas, interfaced with innovative research, in order to develop and support the future and current leaders in education, humanities and the arts both within the UK and internationally.

iMerc co-ordination

Professor Graham F Welch

Chair of Music Education, Chair of iMerc

Professor Graham Welch Professor Graham Welch holds the Institute of Education, University of London Established Chair of Music Education. He is President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), elected Chair of the internationally based Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) and past Co-Chair of the Research Commission of ISME. Current Visiting Professorships include the Universities of Queensland (Australia), Limerick (Eire) and Roehampton (UK). He is also a member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) Review College for Music and has been a specialist consultant for Government departments and agencies in the UK, Italy, Sweden, USA, Ukraine, UAE, South Africa and Argentina on aspects of music, education and teacher education. Publications number approximately three hundred and embrace musical development and music education, teacher education, the psychology of music, singing and voice science, as well as music in special education and disability. Publications are primarily in English, but also appear in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Greek, Japanese and Chinese. He is also a member of the editorial boards of many of the world's leading journals in music education.

special interests...

Musical Development Across the Lifespan, Early Childhood Education, Singing and Vocal Development, Special Needs Education, Psychology of Music, Learning and Teaching in Music, Teacher Education.

contact details...

email: g.welch@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126503, fax:+44(0)20 76126741

Dr Evangelos Himonides

Senior Lecturer in Technology, Education, and Music; iMerc coordinator

Evangelos Himonides Evangelos holds the University of London's first ever 'lecturer in music technology education' position. He teaches Music Education, Music Technology and Information Technology, at a post-graduate level, at the Institute of Education, University of London and also leads the post-graduate course "Music Technology in Education". He holds a Music Diploma from the Macedonian Conservatoire of Thessaloniki, Greece, a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology with Multimedia with Star First Class Honours from Middlesex University, UK, a Masters in Education with distinction from the University of Surrey, UK and a PhD in Psychoacoustics and Information Technology from the University of London. He is a Chartered I.T. professional with the British Computer Society. As a musician, technologist and educator, Evangelos has had an ongoing career in experimental research in the fields of psychoacoustics, Music Perception, Music Cognition, Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction, Special Needs, the Singing Voice and Singing Development. Publications currently number over one hundred, in high-profile international journals, such as Psychology of Music, IJME, RSME, Journal of Voice, Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology and others. Evangelos has worked and is currently working on numerous funded research projects for work with leading UK Research Councils such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), grant-making foundations and charities such as The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Royal National Institute of the Blind, the Amber Trust, Soundabout and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Government agencies and departments (such as DfES, QCA) and also the European Union. As a sound engineer and researcher, Evangelos has recorded in numerous venues (including York Minster, St.Paul's, Royal College of Music, Institute of Education, etc.), with various artists such as Derek Lee Ragin (Farinelli, Every Time I Feel the Spirit), Vanessa Mae (SONY BMG Music) and Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and for numerous media productions (for the BBC, Channel Five, Discovery Channel, RTL, CBS). When time is available, Evangelos works as an electric guitarist, vocalist and guitar luthiery enthusiast!

special interests...

The Voice and Psychoacoustics, Music Technology, Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI) and interactive educational multimedia, multiple modalities and channels in virtual education.

contact details...

email: e.himonides@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126599, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Academic Staff

Professor Lucy Green

Professor of Music Education

Professor Lucy GreenLucy Green is Professor of Music Education. Her main research interests are in the sociology and philosophy of music, with special relation to education, social reproduction, musical meaning, gender, identity, ideology, youth, the pop/classical split, popular music, informal learning and innovative pedagogy. She lead the informal learning 'pathfinder' in the UK national 'Musical Futures' project. This involved developing and evaluating the adaptation of popular musicians' informal learning practices for the classroom environment. Her current research is taking this work forward into instrumental pedagogy. Lucy is the author of four books and numerous shorter pieces on music education. She has given keynote lectures and seminars at conferences and universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and sits on the editorial or advisory boards of a number of journals including Music Education Research, Radical Musicology, Popular Music and Gender Research in Music Education. At the Institute of Education she has contributed to all taught programmes in music, including the secondary and primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education, the MA in Music Education, and others. She has a number of research students from many different countries. Lucy's first degree was a B.Ed at Homerton College, Cambridge. From there she did an MA in Music (analytic methodology, sociology and philosophy of music) at Sussex University, followed by a D.Phil in Music and Education, also at Sussex. During that time she had a private piano teaching practice. After her doctorate she became Director of Music in a Sixth Form College, then Assistant Music Teacher in a large comprehensive school in the north of England, then Head of Music in an inner London comprehensive, before starting at the Institute as a Lecturer in Music Education in 1990. She is a singer and pianist, and practices both those arts when time allows.

special interests...

Sociology and philosophy of music with reference to education, social reproduction, musical meaning, gender, identity, ideology, youth, the pop/classical split, popular music, informal learning, innovative pedagogy.

contact details...

email: l.green@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126736, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Professor Susan Hallam

Professor of Education, Dean of Faculty of Policy and Society

Professor Susan HallamProfessor Susan Hallam was a professional musician and a music educator prior to undertaking a BA, MSc and Phd in the Psychology of Education. She joined the Institute of Education in 1991 and since then has received research funding from a wide range of bodies including the ESRC, DfES, MoD, and a range of charities and LAs for a range of projects relating to attendance at and behaviour in school, exclusion from school, school-home links, ability grouping in primary and secondary schools and research into instrumental music services. In addition she has undertaken research in relation to pedagogy in secondary and higher education, text understanding and conceptions of argument of post-graduate students, homework, learning in music and the effects of music on behaviour and studying.

special interests...

Disaffection, homework, learning (particularly in music) and the impact of music on behaviour.

contact details...

email: s.hallam@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126371, fax: +44(0)20 76126632

Dr Andrea Creech

Lecturer, Research Officer

Dr Andrea CreechDr Andrea Creech has extensive experience as a professional musician, music teacher and researcher. She has held principal positions in orchestras in the UK and Canada and subsequently was founder and director of a Community Music School in the Republic of Ireland. Her PhD research was concerned with the impact on learning outcomes of interpersonal interaction amongst violin students, their parents and teachers. Andrea has worked on research teams for a number of funded projects including Investigating Music Performance (ESRC/TLRP), evaluation of CPD for Music Leaders (Youth Music), Evaluation of Behaviour Improvement Programme (DfES), Evaluation of Voices Foundation Primer (DfES), National Survey of Music Services 2005 (DfES), Evaluation of Skill Force in Kent Schools (DfES), investigating the PhD Student Experience (IOE) and a collaborative project on motivation, aspirations and self-perceptions in the Conservatoire with an international research group. She was project manager for the EMI Music Sound Foundation primary music training project, a literature review of research concerned with Parental Aspirations of Teenage Mothers for the CfBT Education Trust and the National Survey of Music Services 2007 (DfES). Her special research interests are musical development across the lifespan and the impact of interpersonal relationships on learning and teaching outcomes. Andrea has presented her work at international conferences and published widely.

special interests...

Musical development across the lifespan and the impact of interpersonal relationships on learning and teaching outcomes.

contact details...

email: a.creech@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 79115376, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Jennie Henley

Dr Jennie HenleyJennie currently works as Lecturer in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London where she is Programme Leader for the MA in Music Education and Tutor for the Primary PGCE Music Specialism. Jennie Henley holds a BA (hons) in Music and History (Lancaster). After her first degree she worked at the University of Gloucestershire, where she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education, before returning to Lancaster in 1998 to study for her MMus in Musicology. After completion of her MMus she worked in the private sector as an Editor, but returned to education as a flute teacher in 2002. She then completed the Certificate of Teaching, ABRSM and has worked in a variety of different schools and educational settings. As a result of working as a coach on a programme giving adult beginners the opportunity to learn to play an instrument within a band, she undertook her PhD research looking at learning ensembles. Her doctorate was awarded by Birmingham City University in 2010 and she undertook the PGCE in Secondary Music after completing her doctorate. Jennie has had a portfolio career. She continues as a practitioner, performing at amateur level and working as a flute teacher and ensemble director. She is a mentor on ABRSM professional development courses and is Academic Tutor for the RNCM Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership, delivered by ARTIS. Alongside her practitioner work she has also worked as a post-doctoral researcher for Birmingham City University and has worked on the evaluation of 'Banded About', a DfE funded Music Partnership Project, the evaluation of the Trinity/Open University CPD course for Key Stage 2 teachers and the evaluation of music provision at a primary school in Handsworth. This has given her a unique perspective of research and practice.

special interests...

Social environment of musical learning, the creation and development of musical identities and the practical application of activity theory in music education.

contact details...

email: j.henley@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126740, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Kate Laurence

Lecturer in Music Education

Kate Laurence Kate Laurence is PGCE Music Subject Leader/Lecturer in Music Education at the Institute of Education. Kate previously taught secondary music in London for 12 years having been an Assistant Headteacher, Director of Music and an Advanced Skills Teacher of Music. Kate has been a creative lead practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and she provides national CPD courses for music teachers through Keynote Educational. As part of her consultancy work she founded Westminster Youth Orchestra and contributed to the development of the local authority's school music network. Kate has advised upon and written content for the BBC Schools' website and has published materials for KS3 pupils with SFE. Kate is an advisor to Sibelius software and author of two music education publications for Rhinegold. Kate's first degree was a BA (Hons) in Music at the University of York, followed by an MA in Music Education at The Institute of Education, University of London. Subsequent research has focused on the subject knowledge and skills of music educators and assessment practices in higher education.

special interests...

CPD for music educators, collaborative partnerships between schools and arts organisations, assessment methods in higher education.

contact details...

email: k.laurence@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 79115552, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Jo Saunders

Lecturer, Research Officer

Dr Jo SaundersDr Jo Saunders is Lecturer in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is the coordinating researcher for various strands of the research evaluation of the UK Government's National Singing Programme Sing Up (2007-2011) including 'Pupil attitudes to singing: transition into secondary school settings' (2011-2012). Other current research projects include the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Benchmark study of Education, Learning and Participation, Every Child a Musician (ECaM) in partnership with Newham Borough Council research evaluation, New London Orchestra (NLO) Literacy through Music research evaluation and Communities of Music Education (CoME) in collaboration with Youth Music. Jo read Music and Education (BA Hons, First class) at Homerton College, University of Cambridge before completing a PGCE in Music, also at Homerton. She was awarded a studentship (1+3) by the ESRC to complete both her MPhil in Educational Research (Wolfson College, University of Cambridge) and PhD (Institute of Education, University of London). Her doctoral studies focused on the adolescent experience of the music classroom, including the formation and reformation of musical identities and engagement with the learning process. Jo has presented at national and international conferences and published in academic and professional journals. She has authored and co-authored a number of book chapters. Jo has also worked as an instrumental teacher (flute, saxophone and clarinet) as well as a music teacher in secondary schools in Cambridge and Suffolk.

special interests...

Musical development in childhood, learning and teaching music in the classroom context, learning and engagement with music in non-formal settings, the effective use of singing in Primary classrooms, musical identity in adolescence, musical engagement, disengagement and disaffection.

contact details...

email: j.saunders@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126550, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Emeriti

Professor Keith Swanwick

Emeritus Professor in Music Education

Professor Keith Swanwick Keith Swanwick is Emeritus Professor at the University of London, Institute of Education. Previously he was Professor of Music Education and Dean of Research. He graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied trombone, piano, organ, composition and conducting. He then trained as a teacher and taught in secondary schools, further education and university. He has extensive experience as a choral and orchestral conductor and has also been an orchestral musician and a church organist. His PhD was a study of Music and the Education of the Emotions. From 1984 to 1998, with John Paynter, he was editor of the British Journal of Music Education. In 1987 he became the first Chairman of the British National Association for Education in the Arts and from 1991 to 1995 was Chair of the Music Education Council (UK). During 1998 he was Visiting Professor, University of Washington and from 1999-2001 was Advisory Professor at the Institute of Education in Hong Kong. In 2004 he held a Fellowship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in Tokyo. Other international engagements include venues in New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Spain, Cyprus, Canada, Singapore, Iceland, the USA, Brazil, Portugal and Jamaica.

special interests...

Philosophy and psychology of musical experience, children's musical development and the evaluation of music teaching and learning

contact details...

email: k.swanwick@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126142, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Charles Plummeridge

Emeritus Reader in Education

Dr Charles PlummeridgeDr Charles Plummeridge is Emeritus Reader in Education at the Institute of Education. He studied music at Trinity College London. After graduating and completing a PGCE he taught in primary and secondary schools for a period of fifteen years. As an organist and choral conductor he has been, and continues to be, much involved in community activities.
Dr Plummeridge joined the staff at the Institute of Education in 1977 and has taught on all courses in music education. He was also head of the B.Ed centre for many years where he and his colleagues developed degree courses for serving teachers both in this country and abroad. His publications cover a range of topics in music education and include a historical and comparative survey for the revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
He has been visiting professor at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland and has lectured in Sweden, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cyprus, Portugal, Jamaica and South Africa.

special interests...

His research interests are in curriculum areas and the history of music education. He has a sympathetic interest in those children who do not like attending school.

contact details...

email: c.plummeridge@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126737, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Visiting Academics

Professor Johan Sundberg

Visiting Professor

Professor Johan Sundberg Johan Sundberg (born in 1936, Ph.D. in musicology Uppsala University 1966, doctor honoris causae 1996 University of York, UK) has a personal Chair (Emeritus) in Music Acoustics at the department of Speech Music and Hearing (KTH), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He early became interested in the acoustical aspects of music, starting with a doctoral dissertation work on organ pipes. After the dissertation, singing voice and music performance have been his main research topics. He led the music acoustics research group from 1970 to 2004. In Musikens Ljudlära Sundberg presents music acoustics in popularized form to the interested layman. As the President of the Music Acoustics Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Sundberg has been the editor of eight volumes in a series of proceedings of public seminars on music acoustic themes arranged in Stockholm since 1975. Sundberg has also had extensive experience of performing music. For 24 years he was a member of the Stockholm Bach Choir, 9 years as its president. He has studied singing for Dagmar Gustafson and made his public debute with a Lieder recital on his 50th birthday. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, of the Swedish Acoustical Society (President 1976-81) and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

special interests...

Acoustical aspects of Music, the Science of the Singing Voice.

contact details...

email: pjohan@speech.kth.se, telephone: +44(0)20 76126740 (department administrator), fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Professor Adam Ockelford

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Adam Ockelford Adam has a background as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher. While attending the Royal Academy of Music in London, Adam started working with children with special needs - a number of whom, he noticed, had special musical abilities too - and he became interested in how we all intuitively make sense of music, without the need for formal education. Adam pursued this line of enquiry, and gained a PhD in music at Goldsmith's College in London in 1993, in which he set out his 'zygonic' theory of musical understanding. This theory has proved a valuable tool in music theory and analysis, in investigating musical development, and exploring interaction in music therapy and education.

special interests...

Adam is currently Professor of Music at Roehampton University, where his research interests are in music psychology, education, theory and aesthetics - particularly special educational needs and the development of exceptional abilities; learning, memory and creativity; the cognition of musical structure and the construction of musical meaning.

contact details...

email: a.ockelford@roehampton.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126740 (department administrator), fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Desmond Sergeant

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Desmond Sergeant Dr. Desmond Sergeant is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education. He studied voice and piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was Head of Music at Froebel College of Higher Education, and later at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, and has also taught in several universities in USA.

As a singer, he has appeared in many operatic roles, and has wide experience as a choral trainer, having directed many major works of the choral repertoire.

He was founding editor of the journal 'Psychology of Music' and is a past chair of the Society for Education Music and Psychology Research (Sempre).

Research publications extend to fields of cognitive development, perception of serialism, and voice measurement (in collaboration with Prof. Graham Welch). Publications are mostly in English, but also appear in Spanish, Italian and Japanese.

In 1987 he was nominated Distinguished Foreign Scholar by the Mid-America State University Association (MASUA).

Desmond has a keen interest in theatre, and has written several musicals for young players.

special interests...

Psychology of Music, especially pitch perception and cognition, child and choral voice. Current research includes measurement of voice quality, gender and music performance.

contact details...

email: desmondsgt@supanet.com, telephone: +44(0)20 76126740 (department administrator), fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Pauline Adams

Visiting Lecturer

Pauline Adams Pauline Adams is PGCE Secondary Music Subject Leader (Part Time & Flexible Routes) at the Institute of Education.

special interests...

Historical research in music education; Researching current Instrumental Practice in schools, LEAs and Music Centres; Research focus on development of partnerships between schools and Arts organisations and evaluating implications for teacher training.

contact details...

email: p.adams@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126740, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Colin Durrant

Visiting Lecturer

Dr Colin Durrant Dr Colin Durrant lead the graduate programme in Music Education at the Institute of Education University of London until September 2011. He has been Director of Choral Activities at the New England Conservatory in Boston, visiting Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Maryland and Principal Lecturer in Music and Music Education at the Roehampton University (formely titled University of Surrey Roehampton). He has a wide range of choral conducting and teaching experience and, following his doctoral research into the area of effective choral conducting, designed and developed a graduate programme in Choral Education at the University of Surrey Roehampton, the first and only one of its kind in the UK. His book Choral Conducting: Philosophy and Practice published by Routledge appeared in 2003. He is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. Colin Durrant has led choral conducting workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan and the USA as well as in Europe. He has written a number of articles on the area of music education and choral education with further interests in the philosophy of music and music education, the professional development of teachers and conductors and communication and leadership skills in music. Colin Durrant has also been Music Curriculum Consultant and Deputy Chief Examiner for Music for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He currently conducts the University of London Chamber Choir and Imperial College Choir and has been invited to work with the BBC Singers in their outreach educational programme.

special interests...

Music Education, Choral Education, Philosophy of Music and Music Education, the professional development of teachers and conductors and communication and leadership skills in music.

contact details...

url: info@colinjdurrant.net, telephone: +44(0)20 76126740, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Research Associates & Officers

Dr David Baker

Research Officer

Dr David BakerDavid Baker read for his undergraduate degree at University College, Cardiff. He later gained an ARCM from the Royal College of Music, London and an MMus from Reading University. He became a member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain in 2000. David taught music in primary and secondary schools for a Local Education Authority for over 10 years before completing his PhD, "Voices in concert: Life histories of peripatetic music teachers" in 2005. His investigation received a Bernarr Rainbow Award in 2003 from the Institute of Education.David has written various research articles and book reviews in refereed journals for publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Sage, Ithaca College and Indiana University Press. He has been an External Academic Assessor for a University of Plymouth approval panel for a new Foundation Degree in Arts. In 2009, he was also appointed as External Examiner.David is currently a Research Officer at the Institute of Education, University of London for a project entitled "Ear playing in the instrumental lesson: An approach based on popular musicians' learning practices". The project is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and led by Professor Lucy Green. Alongside this employment, David is a Course Tutor at the Institute of Education, Reading University for their MA in Instrumental Teaching. He is also co-supervising a PhD candidate at Reading with Mary Stakelum.

special interests...

Biographical Research and Life Histories, Teachers' Lives and Careers, Musical Ability, Ear Playing, Instrumental Teaching, Music Service Provision

contact details...

email: david.baker@ioe.ac.uk

Dr Costanza Preti

Research Associate

Dr Costanza PretiCostanza Preti, PhD, is a Research Associate at the International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc), Institute of Education, University of London. Her primary research is in music and health and includes a major study examining the impact of live music programmes in paediatric hospitals. Costanza has been awarded a Wingate scholarship and her research has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has worked on a number of funded projects including: The evaluation of the 'Progetto Musica in Emilia-Romagna', funded by the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education); Evaluation of the Sing Up National Singing Programme (DfES); Research evaluation of Soundabout a charity specialized in musical provisions for special needs children; Evaluation of Voices Foundation Primer (DfES). She has been editorial assistant and reviews editor for Psychology of Music (Sage).

special interests...

Music and health, informal learning of music in healthcare settings, music in hospitals, the interface between music, therapies, medicine and education.

contact details...

email: costanza.preti@googlemail.com, telephone: +44(0)20 76126740, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Ross Purves

Research Officer

Ross Purves Ross Purves is head of music at the Luton Sixform College and part-time Lecturer in Music Technology education at the Institute of Education, University of London. His doctoral work focuses on researching parallels between mathematics and music education. He has worked as research officer for numerous funded research projects including those funded by the ESRC and DfES. He has designed, developed and leads the 'Introduction to Music Technology in Education' postgraduate module with Evangelos Himonides. Ross Purves is a professional recording and performing jazz musician and has appeared in various shows and media.

special interests...

Music Technology, research methods, statistical methods for research in the social sciences, geographical information systems, the LOGO programming language.

contact details...

email: r.purves@ioe.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)20 76126599, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Tiija Rinta

Research Officer

Dr Tiija RintaDr Tiija Rinta is a Research Officer working on the EU-funded UMSIC project (Usability of Music for the Social Inclusion of Children) and also Sing Up project (the UK Government's National Singing Programme for Primary-aged children in England). Previously, she has worked for the Institute of Education, Open University and local councils in London on several research projects concerned with music, social science and education. Tiija completed her doctoral thesis in 2008 at the Institute. The thesis investigated the connections between children's singing and speaking behaviours, specifically in relation to how singing could potentially be used as a tool in speech and language therapy with pre-pubertal children. Her doctoral research work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Voice and the British Journal of Music Education, and as book chapters; and it has been presented in international conferences. Tiija's main research interest is the beneficial use of music for different human behaviours. In addition to her research, Tiija has trained teachers for several non-governmental organizations and conducted music therapy workshops in different countries.

special interests...

Therapeutic use of music; children's vocal development; and connections between music, psychology and education.

contact details...

email: tiija.rinta@gmail.com, telephone: +44(0)20 76126740, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Maria Varvarigou

Research Officer

Dr Maria VarvarigouDr Maria Varvarigou has been performing as a solo singer, oboist and chorister for many years. She has participated in several recordings of Greek traditional songs and she has developed great interest in the performance practices of traditional music. She has been research officer on a range of projects related to instrumental music, practising, music provision in the Greater London Authority, the effects of active engagement of music on well-being and health in older people, an evaluation of a major project by the London Symphony Orchestra and an evaluation of the EMI Music Sound Foundation primary music training project. She has also evaluated singing projects for the Association on British Choral Directors (ABCD), Sing Up and Essex Music Services in collaboration with the Royal Opera House. She is currently working on the Ear Playing Project with Lucy Green and David Baker. Maria completed her PhD in 2009 as scholar of the A.S. Onassis Foundation. In January 2010 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

special interests...

Music education and teacher training, Learning and teaching in music, Choral conducting education, Music education and older learners, Traditional and world music.

contact details...

email: m.varvarigou@ioe.ac.uk

Angela Vogiatzoglou

Research Officer

Angela VogiatzoglouAngela Vogiatzoglou is the Research Officer for the Sounds of Intent project. She is also a music therapist registered with the Health Professions Council and with the US Certification Board for Music Therapists. She gained her MA in Music Therapy from Montclair State University and obtained clinical experience at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago. She also holds an MPhil in Music with a focus on vocal performance practice (University of York) and a BM in Vocal Performance (Moravian College).

special interests...

Special needs education, musical development, music therapy.

contact details...

email: angela.vogiatzoglou@roehampton.ac.uk, telephone: +44(0)795 655 4438, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Maria Vraka-Martone

Research Officer

Dr Maria Vraka MartoneDr Maria Vraka-Martone is a researcher and music educator based at the Institute of Education, University of London. She completed her PhD in the same University, under the supervision of professor Graham Welch, on a full scholarship from IKY (Hellenic Institute of Scholarships). She has presented her work in a number of international conferences and has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books as a sole author and co-author. Her interests lie in the sphere of perception, psychoacoustics and education. She is specifically interested in the ways that cultural environment influences the development of certain aural abilities (Absolute Pitch in particular), the musical and non-musical effects of music on embryos and infants and the way that pitch perception and cognition can be better studied and understood through the use of graphical computer technology. Maria has an extensive experience in teaching young children, has composed music for a number of children's plays and run workshops about the positive musical and other than musical effects on embryos and infants.

special interests...

Pitch Perception, Music Cognition, Absolute Pitch, Relative Pitch, use of technology in musical learning, enculturation, early music education.

email: mariavraka@mac.com, telephone: +44(0)20 76126550, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Dr Yang Yang

Research Officer

Dr Yang YangDr Yang Yang completed undergraduate (College of Music, Northwest Normal University, China) and masters (College of Music, Capital Normal University, China) study in singing performance with distinctions. He is an established professional solo singer in both Western classical and Chinese music. In 2011, he was awarded a PhD in music education by the Institution of Education, University of London. His doctoral research explored pedagogical challenges in the teaching and learning of traditional folk song performance (intangible cultural heritage) in higher education. This included an initial in-depth cultural inquiry into China's higher music education policies since the 1900s, as well as extensive fieldwork with associated acoustic and qualitative data analyses. He has been actively involved in regular public music performances and academic presentations at international conference across a wide range of research fields. Since 2005, he has been responsible for Chinese translations in two leading English-speaking academic publications, Psychology of Music and Research Studies in Music Education, the intention being to promote and facilitate further academic exchange and cooperation amongst international and Chinese higher institutions and music/educational organisations (such as ISME and CMA). Recently, he has co-authored a handbook on singing pedagogies in Chinese music and two articles in singing pedagogy and performance for Chinese academic journals, as well as a number of conference papers for ISME, BVA and PEVOC.

special interests...

Music performance, singing pedagogy, educational technologies, voice and singing science, WEB 2.0 and knowledge transfer.

email: yangyang.ioe@gmail.com, telephone: +44(0)20 76126550, fax: +44(0)20 76126741

Visiting Researchers

Joy Hill

Visiting Researcher

Joy HillJoy is a conductor at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, directing the Chamber Choir and Girls' Choir. She also teaches academic music and works with choirs at the Purcell School. She directs Vigala Singers and founded New Commonwealth Voices in 2010. Renowned for her commitment to performances of students' compositions as well as music by leading contemporary composers she was awarded the title Magistra Choiri at the International Scientific and Artistic Symposium on Choral Music in Zagreb, Croatia (2010) and was a presenter at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina (2011). Originally a first-study pianist studying with Eric Parkin and Christopher Elton, Joy won a conducting scholarship with Jon Washburn in Canada and a Churchill Fellowship (2002/3) for choral conducting in Sweden. She has worked as a teacher, advisory teacher for voice, a member of the Centre for Performance Science, RCM, and as Senior Lecturer in Music and Music Education, University of Surrey Roehampton and Lecturer at the Institute of Education London University, teaching on the secondary and primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education and as a tutor on the MA in Choral Education. She works increasingly as guest conductor, lecturer and adjudicator in the UK and abroad, most recently in Japan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, South Africa, Uganda and Slovenia and has published articles and research considering cross-cultural choral performance and the conducting of young voices. She will take part in the symposium Choirs Transforming Our World, Yale International Choral Festival, (2012) Yale School of Music, USA.

special interests...

The art of choral performance with young adult voices and working with composers of choral music.

contact details...

email: joy.hill@rcm.ac.uk, telephone: +44 20 75893643, fax: +44 20 76126741

Dr Susan Knight

Visiting Researcher

Dr Susan KnightDr Susan Knight is Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Festival 500: Sharing the Voices and also Shallaway-Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus. She holds Bachelor degrees in Music and Music Education (Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador), a Masters of Arts in Music Education (St. Thomas University, Minnesota) and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has taught music education at the elementary, undergraduate and post-graduate levels over the past three decades, and has been active internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, keynote speaker, consultant and producer. Her articles on research and practice have been published in a number of scholarly journals. She co-edited (with Bob Chilcott) a two-volume anthology of international choral music published by Oxford University Press, for whom she is currently authoring a chapter in the new Handbook on Singing. She is active in governance, currently serving on the Boards of Chorus America, Irish Business Partnerships, World's End Theatre Company, Opera on the Avalon, International Federation of Choral Music, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University, and is invested in the Orders of both Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

special interests...

Teacher Education, Music Education in Schools, Early Childhood Education, Singing and Vocal Development, Community Music, Adult 'Non Singers', Empathic Development through Ensemble Music-making, Lifelong Access to Singing.

contact details...

email: smknight@nf.sympatico.ca, telephone: +1 709 739 9968, fax: +1 709 726 7975

Dr Ioulia Papageorgi

Visiting Researcher

Dr Ioulia PapageorgiDr Ioulia Papageorgi has been Lecturer in Psychology and Human Development and a Coordinating Research Officer in the Faculty of Children and Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London, untill 2011. She is also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University. She has degrees in both Music and Psychology from the University of Leeds and the Open University, respectively. She has a Master's degree in Music Education and a Doctorate in Psychology in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has worked in research teams for various funded research projects, most recently as a Coordinating Research Officer in the "Investigating Musical Performance: Comparative Studies in Advanced Musical Learning" (2006-2008; funded by ESRC TLRP), the "Evaluation of the National Singing Programme" (2007-2011; funded by SingUp) and the "Evaluation of the Chorister Outreach Programme" (2008-2011; funded by CSA). She has widely presented her work at international conferences and seminars. She has published papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and has authored a number of invited book chapters. Ioulia is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has given invited lectures at various universities and academies.

special interests...

Performance anxiety and its effects on learners; Psychology of performance; The development of expertise; Health and well-being in the workplace; Relationships between music participation and children's academic achievement, self-concept; Educational applications of personality and individual differences; Research methods in the social sciences (both quantitative and qualitative).

contact details...

email: papageorgi.i@unic.ac.cy

Dr Jessica Pérez

Visiting Research Associate

Dr Jessica PérezDr. Jessica Pérez is a visiting research associate at the Institute of Education. She holds a BMus in guitar from the Higher Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona, Spain, a Bachelors of Music Education with First Class Honours from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and a Masters in Musicology from the same university. Jessica has recently completed her doctorate in Music Didactics at the UAB. Her PhD research studies how music takes place in the daily lives of thirteen two-year-olds in school setting. She is involved in the "Myplace:Mymusic" project, a collaborative research project to explore the home musical activities of seven-year-olds in internationally diverse locations, coordinated by Dr. Susan Young (University of Exeter). Jessica has presented the progress of her studies in different International Conferences and has also published in international peer-reviewed journals. Previously she lectured in the Department of Musical, Plastical and Corporal Expression Didactics at the UAB and was a visiting researcher at University of Exeter (funded from an award from the Ministry of Education, Spanish Government). From 2007 she works for the Department of Education of the Catalan Government training teachers in the summer courses. Jessica has wide experience assessing centres for under three-year-olds.

special interests...

Early childhood music education, informal music education, play, the role of multimodality in teaching and learning processes, neuropsicology related to ECME, research methods

email: jessica.perez@uab.cat, telephone: +44 20 76126550, fax: +44 20 76126741