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Adam Whittaker

Head of Pedagogy and Lecturer in Music

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Email:
adam.whittaker@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
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 given invited lectures at Heidelberg University, the Bodleian Libraries (Oxford), All Souls College (Oxford), the Royal College of Music, and the University of Exeter.

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 traditions of exemplarity in medieval and Renaissance musical theory, the reception history of early music, and music education in the modern world. 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, including Early Music History and British Journal of Music Education. He has been a panellist on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters, and has provided comment for national newspapers. In Autumn 2019 Adam took 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.

He is currently a Co-Investigator on the AHRC Network ‘Representing Classical Music in the 21 st Century’ and sits on a number of music education advisory groups.

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