Dr Steve Spencer

Senior Lecturer in Music

Dr Steve Spencer
Email address: S.Spencer@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323011 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Music


Steve Spencer is a conductor and trumpeter who has performed in a wide range of musical styles and ensembles. His performing experience encompasses Soul Bands, Brass Bands, Chamber Ensembles and Symphony Orchestras and he has rehearsed and conducted the University Choir and Orchestra in performances of classical and contemporary repertoire.

Steve is an experienced and committed music educator where he specialises in teaching the analysis and exploration of performance technique and the shaping of music in live and recorded performance.

Research interests

Steve is currently working with colleagues in the development of the use of haptic feedback as a tool for the enhancement of trumpet pedagogy and investigating visual tools as a means tho enhance acoustic awareness in trumpet students. He has travelled widely to present at international conferences and his work on the use of the iPod as a music teaching tool is internationally recognized. He has published in the British Journal of Music Education (BJME) and in Technology Education and Development where his chapter has been downloaded in over 100 countries.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Steve is a Doctor of Education, holds a Masters Degree in Education Management from the Open University and a Bachelors degree in Music from Kingston University. He has a Licentiate Diploma in Trumpet Teaching from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and an Associate Diploma in Trumpet from the London College of Music. Steve is a teaching fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an examiner for the London College of Music Examinations Board.


  • December 2014: Postrum: Developing Good Posture in Trumpet Players Through Direction Haptic Feedback. Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology – CIM14. Berlin, Germany 2014
  • July 2014: Musicians At The Margins: A Case Study Of The Role Of Instrumental Music Teachers In A University Music Department. Thesis submitted for examination of EdD
  • March 2014: Trumpet Performance of Desire Lines by Dr. C. Foster for Trumpet, Piano and Computer. Music Department Research Seminar
  • September 2013: Editor: Never Mind the Bee S#arps: A Popular Musician's Guide to the Language, Notation and Theory of Music. by Cooper, S
  • Spencer, S. (2009) Pod it All? The use of Podcasting in Curriculum Delivery, Assessment and Feedback. Book chapter: in Technology, Education and Development ISBN 978-953-7619-40-4
  • Cooper, Dale & Spencer (2009) 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. Vol 26 (1) (pp85-97)
  • Cooper, S & Spencer, S. (2008) Podcasts: A Case Study of the use of Podcasting in Curriculum Delivery in INTED2008 Abstracts Book ISBN 978-84-612-0192-1
  • Cooper, S. & Spencer, S. (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 Paper, Crete, Greece
  • Workshop Session: Podcasting in Higher Education: Current practices, underlying principles and the emerging potential of podcasts as a mechanism for curriculum delivery ATEE Conference Workshop, Telford, August 2007
  • Palatine Conference 19/20 June 2006: University of Wolverhampton ‘iPod technology for culture, creation and communication’

Experience in industry

Steve has been a committed teacher and educational advisor for 30 years and has assisted many institutions in their work to develop Popular Music provision:

  • 2014-19: External Examiner Southampton Solent. BA Creative Industries
  • 2013-17: External Examiner Bishop Grosseteste: FdA Music Practitioners, New College, Stamford
  • 2013-17: External Examiner Tech Music School/BIMM: BA Creative Musicianship
  • 2013: External Advisor to University of West London: BA Creative Musicianship Course Validation
  • 2013: External Advisor to Southampton Solent: BA Popular Music Course Validation
  • 2013: Development and validation of the MMus Audio Technology. (University of Wolverhampton)
  • 2013: External Advisor to Canturbury Christ Church University: BA Hons Commercial Music, Creative Music Technology and BSc Music Production course validation
  • 2009-12: External Examiner to FdA Popular Music. University of Plymouth, (Truro College Campus)
  • 2004 External Advisor to Neath College FdA Popular Music University of Wales

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Shaping Music in Performance (7MU004)
  • Dissertation (7SW006)
  • The Professional Project (6SW001)
  • Pop Music History: Untold Stories (6MU012)
  • University Ensembles (6MU007)
  • Creative Group Performance (5MU016)
  • Advanced Instrumental Skills (5MU015)
  • Styles & Genres (5MU026)
  • Performance Leadership (5MU013)
  • Musicianship Skills (4MU014)
  • Academic Skills (4SW001mu)

Non Teaching Responsibilities

  • Course Leader for MMus
  • Course Leader for Sound Production Top-Up programme
  • Music representative on School Health & Safety Committee
  • Key Proposer for MSc Audio Technology
  • Member of Performing Arts Research Institute
  • Collaborative Links representative for ICOM, Yamaha (Malaysia)

Steve is a well-established trumpeter who has performed in a wide range of musical styles and ensembles. His performing experience encompasses Soul Bands, Brass Bands, Chamber Ensembles and Symphony Orchestras and he is a member of the trumpet section of the South Birmingham Sinfonia.

Further information

Postgraduate Supervision

Steve is available for PhD supervision in the following areas:

  • Local music histories
  • Instrumental pedagogy
  • Rehearsal and ensemble interaction
  • Teacher's lives and careers