Popular Music - context, analysis, performance, industry
Music and culture for children and families
Music, mental health and wellbeing
Educational music and visual media for children
'Researching Arts in Primary Schools' [RAPS] aims to build a robust assessment of the social, intellectual, aesthetic and emotional learnings for children provided by arts rich schools. It focuses on… read more
'Researching Arts in Primary Schools' [RAPS] aims to build a robust assessment of the social, intellectual, aesthetic and emotional learnings for children provided by arts rich schools. It focuses on curriculum and pedagogy, school organisation and arts learnings both in and out of school.
I am part of a research team with Profs Pat Thomson and Chris Hall. We are interested in what arts rich schools offer to children, how they sustain this offer and how this benefits children. We are collecting qualitative data through surveys, child-produced videos of arts in their schools, interviews with arts teachers and children, and school visits.
The project os funded by the Freelands Foundation and runs for three years (2021-2024)
December 2020-April 2021: Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Nottingham. Rapid Evidence Review for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft and Design Education (ACDE). With Prof Pat Thomson, co-authored report on contexts, effects, effectiveness and value of ACDE, two iJADE conference papers and journal article on student voice in ACDE research.
October 2018-December 2018: Research Assistant, School of Education, University of Nottingham. Data collection and management for School Scandals book (Pat Thomson, 2020, Wordery).
PhD research into music for children and families. Published as Spinning the Child: Musical Constructions of Childhood through Records, Radio and Television (2020: Routledge) and a number of journal articles. I continue to research in this area with specific interests in educational/curriculum-based music (esp. Sesame Street and related), the singing voice (esp. Miley Cyrus), music hall, and folk music.