Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Education

Research Interests:
Choral singing, the boys’ changing voice and the secular trend in puberty, Masculinity, boyhood studies and the leadership of young males, Subject knowledge and pedagogy in Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three

FHEA, Higher Education Academy, 2007, PGCert HE, University of the West of England, 2001, Ph.D., University of the West of England, Bristol, Value as a reason for action in environmental education, 1998, M.Phil., University of the West of England, Bristol, Peer Attachments and social deviancy in the primary school, 1993, B.Ed., University of London, Music, science and PE, middle years with QTS, 1979, LTCL, Trinity College of Music, London, organ, performer., 1978

I joined Edge Hill University in 2007 from UWE Bristol as a Reader in Education where I had held an AHRC research fellowship in masculinity and singing. I became Head of Research in 2008. I had previously taught for seventeen years in maintained and independent schools and before that, worked for the BBC in television film sound. My main research interest is in boys’ participation in choral singing and the development of boys’ voices during early adolescence. I have published two books and a substantial number of research papers about this. Two further books on this topic are currently in press. At Edge Hill I received a second large research grant from the AHRC to work with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the University of York. I continue to promote training and development in "Cambiata" vocal work for adolescent voices through the Boys Keep Singing project. I am now a trustee and board member of the Association of British Choral Conductors where I am active in the development of choral education for secondary school music teachers. I have been a member of the European research network Choir in Focus and an adviser for the national Sing Up campaign. I retired from my position as Head of Research in April 2013 and continue my research into more technical areas of vocal work with boys. I have recently completed an extensive investigation into changes in the timing of puberty and voice change. Current work is is examining the accuracy of individual voices within the choral blend and the pedagogical implications for the development of aural acuity in music learning. A further project is looking at the development of a rating scale for singing anxiety. This is linked to similar work in mathematics anxiety where I am mentoring an Edge Hill project that is examining the relationship between anxiety and flow in mathematics lessons.

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  1. A fine cambiata voice
  2. Swan Song
  3. Trained and untrained boys' voices
  4. Voice Change in the National Youth Choir of Scotland
  5. Boyes are apt to change their voices at fourteene yeares of age