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Luan Shaw

Interim Vice Principal, Music (Learning and Teaching) and Director of Postgraduate Studies

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
+44 (0)121 331 5903

Luan is Interim Vice Principal, Music (Learning and Teaching) and Director of Postgraduate Studies at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she has taught since 2011. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and was made an Honorary Member of RBC in 2001. In her former role as RBC’s first Head of Pedagogy (2011-2018), she significantly expanded provision for instrumental teacher education across the RBC curriculum. Luan is passionate about helping students to build their portfolio careers and her doctoral research focuses on facilitating the transition from student to professional through instrumental teacher education in conservatoires. 

An alumna of RBC, Luan became a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal soon after graduating in 1994. She freelanced with the CBSO and other UK orchestras for over 20 years and played principal clarinet for numerous Longborough Festival Opera productions including Wagner’s Ring Cycle. As a chamber musician, Luan has performed throughout the UK, on BBC Radio and at the Banff International Festival, and her research on Members’ Roles in Wind Quintets was published shortly after completing an MA in 'Psychology for Musicians' at the University of Sheffield. 

Luan’s teaching experience spans 25 years and positions have included Head of Woodwind and Brass at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department and Head of Instrumental Studies at Hallfield School in Birmingham, in addition to numerous instrumental teaching positions in independent schools and music services, and training children's choirs and instrumental ensembles in her local community. Luan worked for Live Music Now, Music in Hospitals and Care, and the Lost Chord project for Dementia suffers for many years, delivering hundreds of interactive performances and workshops in mainstream and special schools, hospitals, hospices and care homes across England and Wales. 

Luan still maintains a range of performer-practitioner roles that directly inform her work with students at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.  In addition to almost twenty years as an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, Luan has worked as a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for over a decade and is a recording artist for ABRSM’s 2018-21 clarinet syllabus. Luan is currently co-Principal clarinet with Orchestra of the Swan, a seat she has held since 2007.

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