Dr Andrea Creech

    • PhD, DipPsych, MA
    • Reader in Education
  • Department:
  • Summary:
    • Following an international career in music performance and teaching, I completed my PhD in Psychology in Music Education. Since then I have been PI, co-director and consultant for funded research and evaluation in the areas of musical development, lifelong learning, ageing, and well-being. I lead in a teacher development programme for Higher Education Performing Arts lecturers and teachers, accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy. My special research interests include issues relating to musical development across the life-span, music and well-being, psychology of ageing and later-life learning.
  • Teaching:
    • TLHPE:
      • Pathway leader for Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education (Performing Arts)
      • Workshop leader:
      • • One to one teaching, supervision and mentoring in the performing arts
      • • Coaching small groups in the performing arts
      • Assessing Learning
      • Learning in Small Groups.

      MA Lifelong Learning:
      • Learning and Teaching for Adults

      Doctoral School:
      • Quantitative Analysis
  • Research:
  • Professional Activities:
    • • Professeur Associée, Laval University
      • Associate Graduate Supervisor, Faculty of the Arts, University of Oporto, Portugal
      • External Examiner, Royal Academy of Dance
      • Advisory Group, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health, Canterbury, UK
      • British Psychological Society Education Section Committee
      • Board member, International Society of Music Education
      • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
      • Editorial Board, International Journal of Music Education
      • Editorial Board, Music Performance Research.
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • Creech, A. (2014, 15 November). Keynote: Music for life: Active ageing through musical engagement. Paper presented at the Portuguese Association of Music Education (APEM): Music learning throughout life, Lisbon, Portugal.

      Creech, A. (2014 (18-21 March)). Keynote: Facilitating creative and collaborative group work. presented at Teaching and learning in the arts, Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria.

      Creech, A. (2014, 22 January). Guest speaker: Active ageing with music: Supporting wellbeing in the third and fourth ages. Paper presented at the Hilary 2014 Seminar Series: 'Art, Museums, Wellbeing & Ageing', Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Oxford.

      Creech, A. (November 2012). Keynote: Interpersonal dynamics in music learning across the lifespan, L'apprentissage de la musique: son apport pour la vie de l'apprenant du 21e siècle. Quebec, Canada.
  • Personal Country Knowledge:
    • Canada: music education
      Portugal: music education
  • Languages Spoken:
    • English (first language)
      French (intermediate)
  • Languages Written:
    • English (first language)
      French (intermediate)
  • SIG Membership:
    • Music Education
  • Research Students:
    • My research interests for PhD supervision include music education; parenting; pupil behaviour and attainment; musical development across the lifespan; interpersonal relationships in teaching and learning.
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  • Hallam, S., & Creech, A. (Eds.) (2010) Music education in the 21st century in the United Kingdom: Achievements, analysis and aspirations. London: Institute of Education.
  • Creech, A., & Gaunt, H. 'The changing face of individual instrumental tuition: Value, purpose and potential' G. McPherson & G. Welch (Eds.), Oxford handbook of music education. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Creech, A. (2009) 'The role of the family in supporting learning' S. Hallam, I. Cross & M. Thaut (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of music psychology. Oxford: OUP.
  • Creech, A., & Hallam, S. (2011) 'Learning a musical instrument: The influence of interpersonal interaction on outcomes for school-aged pupils', Psychology of Music 39(1), 102-122.
  • Creech, A., Pincas, A., Hallam, S., Jeanes, J., Broad, J. (2010) 'Being an older learner in higher education: sustaining the will to learn', International Journal of Education and Ageing 1(1), 15-32.
  • Creech, A., & Hallam, S. (2010) 'The influence of interpersonal dynamics on outcomes for violin teachers', Psychology of Music 38 (4), 403- 422.
  • Creech, A. (2010) 'Learning a musical instrument: The case for parental support', Music Education Research 12(1), 1-19.
  • Creech, A. (2009) 'Teacher-parent-pupil trios: A typology of interpersonal interaction in the context of learning a musical instrument', Musicae Scientiae XIII(2), 163-182.
  • Creech, A., Papageorgi, I., & Welch, G. (2009) 'Concepts of ideal musicians', Musical Perspectives(Fall)
  • Creech, A., Robertson, L., Gaunt, H., & Hallam, S. (2009) 'The value and purpose of master classes: An exploratory study', British Journal of Music Education 26(3), 315-331.