Mr Steve Cooper

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Popular Music

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323475 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Popular Music


Steve is a renowned music educator and is currently Course Leader for Popular Music where he specialises in teaching guitar, performance, harmony and songwriting. He is an acoustic and electric guitar examiner to diploma level with RGT and is currently appointed as an external examiner in Popular Music at the University of South Wales and Bournemouth University.

Research interests

Steve's work on the use of the iPod as a music teaching tool is internationally recognised and was published in two peer reviewed academic journals in 2008, The British Journal of Music Education (BJME) and the Journal of Music,Technology and Education. In 2013, Steve's book 'Never Mind The Bee S#arps' was published, reaching number 1 in the iTunes (UK) music book charts.

Membership of professional bodies

Steve is a teaching fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Steve holds a first class honours degree in Music and Popular Music, a Masters in Higher Education teaching and a Licentiate Diploma in guitar from the London College of Music.


As a guitar arranger and transcriber, Steve has completed more than fifty published works for Music Sales including album folios by Queens of The Stone Age (Songs for The Deaf), The Vines (Highly Evolved) and The Clash’s ‘Complete Chord Songbook’. Other arrangements include tracks by Foo Fighters, Morrissey, System Of A Down, Velvet Revolver, The Killers, Funeral For A Friend, Maximo Park, Nine Inch Nails and Kaiser Chiefs.

Other Publications and Conference Papers

  • Never Mind The Bee S#arps. A Popular Musician's Guide to the Language, Notation and Theory of Music. Book Baby. September 2013. ISBN 9781483507781,
  • A tutor in your back pocket: reflections on the use of iPods and podcasting in an undergraduate popular music programme. British Journal of Music Education. CUP. Cambridge. 2009,Volume 26 issue 01. ISBN/ISSN: 0265-0517,
  • Delivering student feedback in higher education: the role of podcasting. Music, Technology and Education, December 2008, Volume 2+3 ISBN/ISSN: ISSN: 17527066,
  • Podcasts: A Case Study of the use of Podcasting in Curriculum Delivery. INTED 2008, Book of Abstracts, International Technology, Education and Development Conference, 3 – 5 March, Valencia, Spain, IATED. 2008. ISBN/ISSN: 978-84-612-0192-1,
  • Podcasting 2.0: Approaches to Assessment & Feedback, University of Central Lancashire, E-Seminar Programme, 15th April 2008,
  • Podcasting in Higher Education: Current practices, underlying principles and the emerging potential of podcasts as a mechanism for curriculum delivery. ATEE Conference, Telford, August 2007,
  • Is The Introduction Of Podcasting Into Higher Education A Fringe Activity Or A Valuable Contribution To Distributed And E-Learning Strategies? CBLIS 2007 Conference, Crete, Greece, July 2007,
  • iPod technology for culture, creation and communication. Palatine Conference, 19/20 June 2006: University of Wolverhampton.

Experience in industry

Steve is a well-established session guitarist who has performed throughout the UK & Europe for more than twenty years. His performing and recording experience is vast and covers a wide spectrum of artists and styles. Live performance and recording credits include international artists such as Robert Plant and Lionel Richie; Journey South, Brenda Edwards and Ben Mills from X Factor UK; UK TV star Jane McDonald, U.S soul legend Marc Broussard and all girl pop band, Solid Harmonie. Steve has worked closely with Roland (UK) as an artist ambassador and has regularly participated in masterclass sessions across the UK giving an insight into the life of a working musician. Steve latest songwriting collaboration, 'I'll Be There', released on September 15th 2014 and on Jane Mcdonald's latest album 'Singer of Your Song', received Radio 2 airplay in UK.

Further information

For more information on Steve, please visit his website for videos, images, free music lessons and links to his books and publications.