The Music Department is working in partnership with the ABRSM to deliver the Certificate for Music Educators (CME) as part of the degree programme. We also have strong links and a history of collaboration with a variety of organisations including English Touring Opera, the NHS Wolverhampton and Turtle Key Arts to deliver community operas with school children and workshops to dementia patients across the Black Country Region. Choosing Wolverhampton allows you to participate in this wide-ranging approach to practical music-making, honing your skills in performance, leadership, pedagogy and community music.
The course will be taught in the state of the art Performance Hub at the University of Wolverhampton. This landmark £18m building which opened in 2011 has featured in Gareth Malone’s BBC TV series The Naked Choir (2015) and has been used as the location for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s Summer School.
- The university is a Steinway School with pianos by Steinway, Boston and Essex in multiple rehearsal rooms located in the purpose-built Performance Hub.
- Two state-of-the-art recording studios based around SSL consoles (an AWS948 in Studio 1 and a Matrix2 in Studio 2), Avid HD interfaces, and outboard by Lexicon, SSL, Audient, Bricasti, Empirical Labs and Universal Audio.
- PMC monitoring in the studios - 5.1 surround in Studio 1 and stereo in Studio 2. A PMC 5.1 array in a dedicated listening room designed for laptop-based mixdown and mastering, with additional PMC monitoring in teaching spaces.
- Mac labs containing 60 iMacs running Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Sibelius, Pure Data, SuperCollider and several other pieces of specialist music and audio software.
- Performance students have access to five ensemble rooms, each with a full PA, as well as a full range of ethnic and percussion instruments.
- The Black Box theatre, a performance space containing an Allen and Health iLive console
Who will teach you on this course?
Anne-Marie Beaumont is the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Music for Education and Community Practice. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in H.E., and, in recognition of this, has been awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority. She has presented her research on pedagogy in Irish music, early music and poetry, and seventeenth-century liturgical composition at international conferences in Europe, South-East Asia and the US.
With a lifelong passion for Early Music and Traditional Irish music, fostered by Prof. Mícheál O’Súilleabháin and Mel Mercier in UCC, she has conducted choirs, chamber ensembles and is the current musical director of the Hub Ceílí Band. As a practitioner/conductor Anne-Marie has performed in Ireland, the UK, the US and with her student chamber choir, Réaltanna, was invited to perform at the “Twin Towers” of KLCC in Malaysia in 2006.
As a composer for the stage, in collaboration with the playwright Peter Cann, Anne-Marie has been commissioned to write original soundscapes for productions including The Happy Prince (2016), Frankenstein by Nick Dear (2016), Play the Man (2015), andThe Black Country Mystery Plays (2011).
Anne-Marie is an active researcher and is currently engaged in “The Lichfield Part-Books’ Auralisation Project” which launched at Lichfield Cathedral in July 2017. With research partner Dr Aglaia Foteinou, this interdisciplinary project will bring to light some of the forgotten music of the seventeenth-century and the post-Restoration period.
Anne-Marie Beaumont is the Module Leader for the CME modules “Professional Values and Practice” and “The Music Educator”.
Kevin Stannard has performed as a pianist, organist and conductor across the UK for over thirty years and more recently his interests in music education have taken him to conferences in Malaysia, China and Australia.
He began directing choirs in 1980 and has worked with all ages including massed choirs of school children at the Wembley Conference Centre; adult choirs such as the North Cotswold Chamber Choir and close harmony group Two-Apart which he founded in 1987; student choirs such as the Oxford Gargoyles and the Howlin’ Wolves (University of Wolverhampton Chamber Choir) who won the regional heat of the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition in 2002.
Kevin has taken student choirs to perform in a number of cathedrals in the UK and on tour in Amsterdam. In 2008 he secured £25k funding to enable the Sneyd School Choir to go to Graz, Austria, for the World Choir Olympics involving two former University of Wolverhampton music students on the teaching staff. Kevin’s work with children’s singing is widely recognised and his music is published by Oxford University Press, Faber and the ABRSM.
Other work of note includes being Musical Director for CoMA East Midlands, Contemporary Music-Making for Amateurs, (1999-2002) producing a concert of songs by Pixell & Gunn at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (2004) and Kevin’s debut as organ soloist at Symphony Hall (2006).
Kevin will be teaching the CME modules “Professional Values and Practice” and “The Music Educator” as well as on the Community Practice modules.
Dr Chris Foster lectures on the undergraduate and postgraduate music programmes. He studied composition with Richard Steinitz and John Casken at Huddersfield Polytechnic in the 1980s, and later with Michael Finnissy at the University of Wolverhampton, with whom he gained his PhD in composition. He also studied flute with David Haslam (Northern Sinfonia), Alan Lockwood (BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra) and Ron Marlow (Halle Orchestra). He is also a trained teacher of the Alexander Technique and a qualified music librarian.
Chris Foster has had a varied career as a composer, music teacher and teacher of the Alexander Technique. He has also worked in the field of music librarianship. Chris has taught at the University of Wolverhampton since 2004 and lectures in a range of areas including composition, orchestration, analysis, styles and genres, music theory, music in its cultural contexts and academic skills. He also directs the University of Wolverhampton Contemporary Music Ensemble and Orchestra.
Dr Richard Glover, Reader in Music, has a wide range of experience as a performer, composer and writer in many different areas of music, from experimental and contemporary music to Jazz, electronic and pop. As an educator he has taught at various HE and FE institutions, covering composition and computer composition, musicology, performance interpretation and study skills.
As a composer he has received performances internationally from ensembles based in the UK, Europe and North America, and his portrait cd Logical Harmonies was released in late 2013 to widespread national and international acclaim. He writes and presents on issues relating to contemporary and experimental musics, and in particular the auditory and temporal experience of sustained tone and process music.