Dr Rich Hall

Lecturer Music Technology and Popular Music

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Email address: r.hall4@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322898 Location: WH214 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Popular music performance, studio recording and mixing, live sound, electric guitar performance and studio session musicianship


Rich is a popular music practitioner, researcher and academic and works as a senior lecturer on both the Music Technology and Popular Music courses.

He holds a degree in popular music studies from the University of Leeds and is soon to be completing his PhD - the subject of which is popular music higher education. Through his research Rich has given conference presentations in both the U.S and UK and his writing on creativity within the ensemble performance curriculum was published in the International Journal for Music Education in 2015. 

Rich is also an active musician with an international profile and has worked as a performer and recording artist specialising in electric guitar. As well as this, he has worked as a music educator for nearly twenty years in primary, secondary and tertiary environments, teaching electric guitar, music performance, studio recording and contextual studies. Rich has also worked as a music examiner for Rock School and as visiting lecturer in Coventry University and the University of West London, as well as Course Leader in his most recent role prior to taking up the post at the University of Wolverhampton.

Research interests

Rich's research interests centre around critical theory and critical pedagogy as it relates to the study of popular music. He retains a pragmatic emphasis and is concerned in particular with a narrative enquiry into the lived experiences of individuals and how this can inform practice.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Rich is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • PhD (Coventry University) in popular music higher education
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Studies (University of Leeds)


Journal Articles:

  • 'Enhancing the popular music ensemble workshop and maximising student potential through the integration of creativity'
  • Volume: 33 issue: 1, page(s): 103-112
  • Article first published online: May 19, 2014;Issue published: February 1, 2015
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0255761414533310

Conference Presentations:

  • ICMP – London - 2012 (Spoken Paper)
  • USC – Los Angeles – 2014 (Spoken Paper) & University of Northampton – 2014 (Spoken Paper)

Experience in industry

  • 2002 - 2017 Course Leader / Head of Academic Studies for Nexus Institute of Creative Arts
  • 2008 - 2017 Visting lecturer for Coventry University
  • 2015 - 2017 Visting lecturer for University of West London 
  • 2001 - 2005 Music examiner for Rock School graded music exams (UK & Ireland)
  • 1999 - 2002 Peripatetic guitar & drum tutor for Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, & Leicestershire County music services

Alongside the above Rich is an active musician with an international profile working as a studio session musician as well as a regular gigging guitarist. He has been employed to deliver master classes in electric guitar and has written and recorded his own guitar-based instrumental compositions. 

In 2015 and 2016 Rich had the opportunity to perform at both the prestigious NAMM (L.A) and Musikmesse (Frankfurt) industry trade shows representing Nord Keyboards, American Music and Sound, and Sound Technology distributors. 

In 2004 Rich travelled to Rwanda to teach music workshops and perform music as part of the 10 year celebration of the end of the genocide. He returned in 2016 as a speaker and music teacher. 

Rich as also:

- Delivered teaching modules in studio recording, studio mixing, and live sound to HE students.

- Worked as a specialist visiting guitar tutor for Coventry University 

- Overseen the writing of all course documentation for the validation process of a BA (Hons) degree course (at Nexus Institute of Creative Arts)

- Taken part in a world record breaking attempt for endurance guitar playing (continuous playing for 48 hours)