Professor Graham Welch

    • PhD MA BEd(Hons) CertEd
    • Established Chair of Music Education
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  • Summary:
    • Areas of interest include: musical development and music education across the lifespan, teacher education, the psychology of music, singing and voice science, music in special education and disability and the wider benefits of music. Publications number approximately three hundred and are primarily in English, but also appear in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Greek, Japanese and Chinese.
  • Teaching:
    • MA in Music Education (Core module on the Psychology of Music and Music Education)
      plus inputs into PGCE Secondary Music, PGCE Primary and continuing professional development courses for teachers
  • Research:
  • Postgraduate Research:
    • Any aspect of music education - this is broadly conceived as relating to people, places and processes where musical learning takes place. Current research students and topics include: Morijiri (constructions of musical criteria in the self-evaluation of piano performance); Hamond (use of technology to enhance advanced piano learning); Garcia (professional vocal pedagogy theory and practice); Andrianopoulou (aural education in higher music education); Charissi (activity theory and the role of digital tools in young children's music learning); Tsintzou (music memory and improvisation in expert pianists); Owen (jazz biography and impact on pedagogy); Kayes (psycho-acoustic aspects of the female singing voice); Mazzeschi (musical savant syndrome); Azechi (links between mother tongue and rhythmic development); Bishop-Liebler (dyslexia in professional musicians); and Purves (geography and musical learning).

      Recent PhD completions (2006-2011): [2011] Yang (folk music learning in Chinese higher education); Thomas (aspects of contemporary brass playing communities); Ritchie (self-efficacy in music for learning and performance) (at RCM); [2010] Knight (adult 'non-singers' in Newfoundland); Williams (impact of intensive training on vocal health and development of male cathedral choristers); Cheng (musical behaviours and development of children and young people with complex needs); Vraka (the influence of culture on the development of absolute pitch); [2009] Lanipekun (artistic communication in opera rehearsals); Varvarigou (choral education in England); Preti (music in hospitals) [ESRC-funded]; Hsieh (learning in jazz); Burwell (instrumental learning and teaching in higher education) (at Canterbury Christ Church); [2008] Himonides (aesthestics of vocal performance); Saunders (adolescents' views on music) [ESRC-funded]; Makirintala (fostering and sustaining well-being in professional performers) (at Helsiniki); Rinta (links between children's speaking and singing) [ESRC-funded]; [2007] Papageorgi (performance anxiety); [2006] Stunell (Primary school non-music specialists); Soares (Brazilian adolescents and music technology learning).

      Research Degree Completions (July 2011): PhD = 38; MPhil = 1; EdD = 1
  • Professional Activities:
    • Elected Chair of the internationally based Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE); President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) (2010-2012) and past Co-Chair of the Research Commission of ISME; Current and recent Visiting Professorships include the Universities of Queensland (Australia), Sydney (Australia), Limerick (Eire), Sibelius Academy (Finland), Helsiniki (Finland), as well as Canterbury Christ Church, Coventry, Roehampton, UEL and the Royal College of Music in the UK. Member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) Review College for Music. Acted as a specialist consultant on (i) aspects of children's singing and vocal development for the USA National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS) in Denver, the Swedish Voice Research Centre in Stockholm, as well as UK and Italian Government agencies; (ii) the British Council in the Ukraine and Ministry for Education and Youth in the United Arab Emirates on education and teacher development; and (iii) the National Research Foundation of South Africa and British Council in Argentina on the development of the national research cultures in music. Current external examining at Masters' level: Limerick, Reading. Plus extensive PhD examinations (n=40+) for universities across the world.
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • I am regularly invited to be a keynote presenter at national and international conferences (please visit the iMERC website). Example presentations in 2011 include:
      (1) 'Methodologies for research: Principles and examples'. Keynote lecture, 'SEMPRE Postgraduate Research Day', University of Reading, UK, 4 March;
      (2) 'Researching the impact of music interventions'. Invited presentation, 'Corso di Perfezionamento in Metodologia della Ricerca', Accademia Filharmonica di Bologna, Italy, 9 April;
      (3) 'Neuropsychobiological features of musical behaviour and development'. Invited postgraduate lecture, 'The Changing Face of Music and Art Education', Tallinn University, Estonia, 21 April;
      (4) 'The impact of singing on children'. Invited presentation, Southbank Chorus Weekend, London, 15 May;
      (5) 'The possibilities for learner-centred musical development with mobile technology'. Keynote lecture, '1st International Workshop and Summer School on Mobile Music Technology and Social Inclusion of Young Children'. University of Oulu, Finland, 15 June;
      (6) 'The impact of a national programme on children's singing development in England'. Keynote lecture, '8th Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research' (ASPMER), Taiwan, 5 July;
      (7) 'Understanding and nurturing musical development'. Keynote lecture, 'Xth Sociedad Argentina para las Ciencias Cognitivas de la Música' (SACCoM), Buenos Aires, 23 July;
      (8) 'International music education: contexts and issues – an ISME perspective'. Keynote lecture, 'Colloque d'éducation musicale', Bienne/Biel, Switzerland, 15 September;
      (9) 'Musical routes and pathways: Opportunities taken and opportunities lost?' Keynote lecture, National Association for Music Education (NAME) National Conference, Stone, Staffs, 23 September
  • Personal Country Knowledge:
    • Experience of being a Visiting Professor in the field of music educatiom in Eire, Australia, and Canada, plus recent work with colleagues concerning music in schools for the Ministries of Education in Greece and Italy
  • Languages Spoken:
    • German (basic)
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  • Welch, G.F., Himonides, E., Saunders, J., Papageorgi, I., Preti, C., Rinta, T., Vraka, M., Stephens Himonides, C., Stewart, C., Lanipekun, J., & Hill, J. (2010). 'Researching the impact of the National Singing Programme 'Sing Up' in England: Main findings from the first three years (2007-2010).' Children's singing development, self-concept and sense of social inclusion.. Institute of Education, University of London. [pp41]..
  • McPherson, G., & Welch, G.F. (Eds). (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Music Education. New York: Oxford University Press..
  • Welch, G.F. (2012) 'Musical creativity, biography, genre and learning' D.J. Hargreaves., D.E. Miell., & R.A.R. MacDonald (Eds.), Musical Imaginations. Multidisciplinary perspectives on creativity, performance and perception.. Oxford: Oxford University Press..
  • Welch, G.F. (2011). 'Culture and gender in a cathedral music context: An activity theory exploration' M. Barrett (Ed.), A Cultural Psychology of Music Education. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Welch, G.F., Purves, R., Hargreaves, D., & Marshall, N. (2011) 'Early career challenges in secondary school music teaching', British Educational Research Journal 37(2), 285-315.
  • Welch, G.F., Himonides, E., Saunders, J., Papageorgi, I., Rinta, T., Preti, C., Stewart, C., Lani, J., & Hill, J. (in press) 'Researching the first year of the National Singing Programme in England: an initial impact evaluation. Psychomusicology: Music Mind and Brain', Music Mind and Brain. [Special Issue on the Psychology of Singing] 21, 1.
  • Welch, G.F., Purves, R., Hargreaves, D., & Marshall, N. (2010) 'Le esperienze dei docenti di scuola secondaria nella transizione dall'educazione inizialle all'anno di inizio. [The experiences of secondary school music teachers in their transition from initial teacher education into their induction year.]' M. Biassutti (Ed.), Ricerche sulla formazione degli insegnanti di musica [Research into the education of music teachers]. Lecce: Edizioni Pensa MultiMedia.
  • Welch, G.F., Ockelford, A., Carter, F-C., Zimmermann, S-A., & Himonides, E. (2009) ' 'Sounds of Intent': Mapping musical behaviour and development in children and young people with complex needs.', Psychology of Music 37(3), 348-370.
  • Welch, G.F. (2009) 'Evidence of the development of vocal pitch matching ability in children', Japanese Journal of Music Education Research 39(1), 38-47.