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Dr Adam Whittaker

Head of Pedagogy and Lecturer in Music

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
0121 331 6588

Adam is Head of Pedagogy and a Lecturer in Music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, having previously worked as a Research Fellow in BCU’s CSPACE, and at the University of Nottingham. Adam is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is an internationally recognised scholar in musicology and music education, having been an invited speaker at Heidelberg University, All Souls College (Oxford), and the Royal College of Music. He has researched widely in the fields of music education and musicology, and has taught music in a range of settings. He has been involved in research projects examining the reception history of early music, and completed his doctorate on aspects of musical exemplarity in Johannes Tinctoris’s (c. 1435–1511) notational treatises. He is interested in the ways in which musical pedagogies have changed over time, and what these changes can tell us about our current pedagogical approaches. His work has been published in leading academic journals and book publications. He was recently a panellist on an edition of BBC Radio 3’s 'Music Matters' dedicated to music education, and has provided comment for national newspapers. In Autumn 2019 Adam will take up the Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, giving him privileged access to rare books and manuscripts held in the Bodleian Special Collections. 

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