Music, University of Birmingham
My research explores music-making that connects with contemporary and traditional international sounds in educational and community settings. This includes ‘world music’ in the classroom and local musicking practices that connect to diaspora. My research is structured as a series of comparative case studies with a primary focus on the West Midlands.
At the interface of an interdisciplinary area between ethnomusicology; music education; community music and applied ethnomusicology scholarship, my main areas of inquiry are:
New methods in this field are important to influence development of new pedagogies, in a time when music education and acceptance of diversity can be perceived to be under threat. I hope to contribute to better sustainability of this work and its future iterations, while creating important primary research into a little documented field of emergent music practice(s) in this region.
This research is inspired by a decade of community music work in the UK and South Africa. Since 2015 I have been Creative Director of the Youth Music funded 'Multicultural Music Making' project in partnership with Friction Arts, which has demonstrated considerable impact and success with its work in Birmingham and Walsall. The MMM project provides music education opportunities and cultural space within school for children and families, plus training opportunities for musicians and teachers. I feel this research will immediately benefit the ongoing MMM project, and extend the reach of this work more broadly, with the potential to impact music education policy and curriculum design.