I am a teacher and researcher in the areas of music education, musicology and music analysis. I studied at the University of York as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate; my doctoral thesis Articulating Time: Listening to Musical Forms in the Twenty-First Century explored the ways in which composers across the last two centuries – contemporary and canonic – have engaged with issues of temporal perception through structural approaches to sound.
In recent years I have become particularly active in the area of music education. Since 2016, I have taught on the MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching, and in January 2022 I took over the role of programme leader from its founder Dr Elizabeth Haddon. I have led undergraduate modules focusing on critical approaches to nineteenth-century music, and on the exploration of critical musicology and its applications to listening and performance. I also teach regularly on various topics for the MA Musicology. As a researcher, I am currently exploring ways in which the use of analytical strategies might inform and enrich pedagogical approaches, and the relationship between the language used in instrumental teaching and tutor books.
My work on the music of John Adams has been published in Contemporary Music Review, and with Professor Tim Howell I co-authored a chapter on timescale and environment in the music of Hans Abrahamsen and Kaija Saariaho for The Nature of Nordic Music (ed. Tim Howell, 2020 with Routledge), a book project for which I also acted as assistant editor. My most recent work includes a contribution considering symphonic works by Thomas Adès and Sibelius for Thomas Adès Studies (ed. Edward Venn & Philip Stoecker, Cambridge University Press, 2021), and an article exploring Adès’s orchestral work Dawn (2020) for TEMPO (due 2021).
In addition to working as a freelance violinist and instrumental teacher, I also regularly produce concert programme notes for a variety of ensembles and organisations around the UK.
Programme leader: MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching
Contributes to MA Musicology modules