Keynote speaker

The conference will feature a keynote presentation given by Professor Graham Welch, internationally renowned expert in the field of Music Education. Details of the presentation are given below:

Children’s instrumental learning and its wider benefits
The presentation will focus on recent empirical research into the nature of children’s instrumental learning, as well as the evidence for the wider benefits that can arise from successful experience. Evaluative data will be examined from recent and ongoing studies of children and young people based in instrumental programmes in London, Newcastle and Leeds. Each of these have drawn their initial inspiration from the El Sistema concept of instrumental learning for social change in Venezuela. The research outcomes will be linked to related studies concerning what is happening neurologically in sustained and successful instrumental learning.

GFWEL02Professor Graham Welch PhD holds the UCL Institute of Education (formerly University of London) Established Chair of Music Education (since 2001). He is a Past President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) (2008-2014) and elected Chair of the internationally based Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE). He holds Visiting Professorships at universities in the UK and overseas, and is a former member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Review College for Music (2007-2015). Publications number approximately three hundred and fifty and embrace diverse aspects of the social sciences and music. PhD research supervision completions = 45. He is Chair of the new Paul Hamlyn Foundation National Working Group on music education in the England from 2015.