BCMG is delighted to be working once again with Birmingham Music Education Research Group at Birmingham City University on Listen Imagine Compose Primary.

Professor Martin Fautley - Lead Researcher 

Martin Fautley is a Professor of Education at Birmingham City University, UK. After many years as a classroom music teacher, he then undertook full-time doctoral research at Cambridge University, investigating composing in schools.  He has authored ten books, including “Assessment in Music Education”, published by OUP, and has written and published many journal articles, book chapters, and academic research papers on various aspects of music teaching, learning, and assessment. He is co-editor of the British Journal of Music Education.


Dr Victoria Kinsella - Research Assistant

Dr. Victoria Kinsella is Senior Research Fellow in Education and member of the Birmingham Music Education Research Group at Birmingham City University. Victoria has researched widely in the field of the arts education and creativity. She has worked on a number of creative arts research projects in various contexts including schools, prisons, galleries, arts centres and with educational agencies. Her research interests include the exploration of creative teaching and learning and how we might foster these approaches. Victoria teaches across a wide range of programmes at Birmingham City University at postgraduate level and supervises a large cohort of doctoral students.


Dr Anthony Anderson - Research Assistant

Dr. Anthony Anderson is Research Assistant in Music Education in the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education at Birmingham City University, UK.  His research interests centre on music curriculum, musical learning and creativity.  He teaches on PGCE Music and Masters Education programmes at the university and is a former secondary school music teacher.  Anthony is External Examiner for initial teacher education in secondary music at the University of Reading, UK


Dr Adam Whittaker - Research Assistant

Dr. Adam Whittaker is Head of Pedagogy and Lecturer in Music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, having previously worked as a Research Fellow in Birmingham City University's Music Education Research Team, and as a Teaching Affiliate (Music) at the University of Nottingham. He is an internationally recognised scholar in musicology and music education, having been an invited speaker at Heidelberg University, All Souls College (Oxford), and the Royal College of Music. He recently took part in the Creative United/OHMI Accessible Instruments Challenge on the Schools Supply Chain team, and continues to work across numerous research projects in music education.


Dr Kirsty Devaney - Research Assistant

Dr Kirsty Devaney is a composer, music educator and researcher based in Birmingham. She specialises in creating new music for and with non-professional and young musicians, which led to her to being shortlisted for a British Composer award. She has since had commissions to work with the London Symphony Orchestra and had her music aired on Radio 3. In 2013 she found and continues to run the Young Composers Project at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.