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Pamela Burnard

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Professor of Arts, Creativities and Education
Doctorate of Education Manager

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+44 (0)1223 767559


1999 PhD University of Reading, England (ESRC Studentship)
1995 MEd University of Queensland, Australia
1979 DipEd University of Melbourne, Australia (Hugh Childers' Prize)
1978 MMus University of Indiana, USA (Rotary International Fellowship)
1976 BMus University of Melbourne, Australia (First Class Honours)
1971 AMusA University of Melbourne (Piano Performance)

Membership of Professional Bodies and Elected Posts

Cambridgeshire Innovation Trust Board; Chartered College of Teaching; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; 
 The Arts in Society Research Network; The Royal Musical Association (RMA); Creative Industries Federation HE/FE Working Party; British Sociology Association; Bye Fellow Homerton College Cambridge;
Elected committee member National Association of Music in Higher Education (NAMHE) (2013-2018);
Elected Board of Director Sound Sense UK, Community Music (2012-2018);
Founder-Convener Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network (CIAN); 
Committee member Trinity College Academic and Professional Standards Committee (2013-)
Co-convener British Educational Research Association (BERA) Creativities in Education SIG (2003-)
Past-Treasurer Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) (2002-2009)
Past-Board of Director International Society of Music Education (ISME) (2004-08)
Past-Chair ISME Website Management Committee (2005-2008)
Past-Trustee Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI) Network of creative practitioners (2004-2009)
 Past-World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) World Creativity Summits, Focus Group Chair (2007- 2011)

Editorships of Refereed Journals and Book Series

Thinking Skills and Creativity (Co-Editor, July 2017- ); Sense Publishers Book Series 'Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching' (Series Editor, 2014- ); Volume 5 Creativities, Media and Technologies in Music Learning and Teaching: An Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Co-Editor, 2017); British Journal of Music Education (Co-Editor, 2007-2013);
Psychology of Music (Associate Editor, 2007- 2012);
International Journal of Music Education (Past Editor, 2003-2007).

Editorial Board Membership of Refereed Journals

International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media; Media Journal in Music Education; Frontiers in Psychology; Psychology of Music
Research in Music Education;
Research Papers in Education; 
Teaching and Teacher Education; British Journal of Music Education (International Advisory Board);
International Fine Arts Journal;
Research Studies in Music Education;
Thinkings Skills and Creativity;
Journal of Artistic and Creative Education;
 Journal of Music, Technology and Education;
UNESCO Observatory EJournal of Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, Melbourne University; 
Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education;
New Zealand EJournal of Research in Music Education; 
Creative Education; 
Journal of Popular Music Education; Advisor/Consultant Trinity College London Academic and Professional Standards Committee (2012-).

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Pamela holds degrees in Music Performance, Music Education, Education and Philosophy. Her primary interest is creativities research for which she is internationally recognised. She is the author/co-author/editor of 9 books, 21 reports,  36 articles in refereed journals and  45 substantial book chapters.  She is regularly invited to give keynote addresses and invited talks nationally and internationally.  Pamela is internationally known for her work as an academic, educator, researcher, editor, presenter and workshop facilitator. She is convenor of the Commonwealth Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network (, co-convenor of the BERA Creativity SIG, Past co-editor of the British Journal of Music Education and the International Journal of Music Education. She serves on numerous editorial boards. See also the journal of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

Pamela manages an extensive research international and national seminar programme which supplements the Doctorate of Education (EdD) which she manages along with the Masters in Arts, Creativities, Education and Culture (ACEC), a course she initiated. She has also built extensive networks which link university, industry, school sectors and community arts organisations. Her doctoral research supervision encompasses investigations of creative learning and teaching, learning culture, creativity assessment, digital media and musical creativities in higher education, conservatoire and community settings. Her teaching responsibilities focus mainly on the EdD and Masters programmes. She is co-convenor of the British Education Research Association (BERA) Creativity in Education SIG, the 'Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network' (CIAN), as well as the 'International Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures' (BIBAC 2016) biennial international conference. She is a Bye-Fellow of Homerton College where she runs a seminar series called 'Connecting Creativities Interculturality and Gender in Practice' for Homerton, Faculty of Education and Cambridge arts and industry communities.

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Academic Area/Links and Research Topics

  • Creativities Research: Creativities in music, performing and visual arts, cultures, education, and industries
  • Interculturality, Interdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity; Gender and creative work
  • STEAM education
  • Assessing diverse creativities
  • Technology (particularly Internet-mediated, coding and mobile forms)
  • Arts-based research methodologies, mixed methodologies and innovative design

Doctoral Supervision

Frances Shih (The role of mental representation in musical improvisation by expert performers); Mandy Winters (Teaching and learning composing in the classroom); Sarah Upjohn (Rethinking prevention of playing-related injuries in elite young instrumental musicians);  Afrodita Nikolova (The nature and role of an arts intervention - developing a slam poetry programme - in transforming young offenders' identities in a Macedonian prison); Stephen Fairbanks ('Social Justice' through Music Education? A study of an American high school orchestra); Rachel Lai (Malaysian  conceptions of nationalism and creativities in teaching Gamelan); Tyrone Pitsis (Creative learning and STEAM teaching: Strategising impact).

Recent Doctoral Completions

James Biddulph (The co-construction of 'creative learning' in three ethnic minority immigrant children at home); Jean-Philippe Despres, (Expert improvisers' learning and creative processes);Anna Wong (Musical motivation and engagement with disaffected learners); Christine Yau (One-to-one pedagogical relationships in music conservatoire teaching); Konstantinou Chrysovalentini (The role technology in Cypriot primary music education); Tara Coverdale (Critical leadership versatility and directors' practices across diverse professional workplaces situated within the creative industries); Wei Shin Leong (Singapore teachers' conceptions and practices of assessment); Hsu-Chan Kuo (An investigation of the perceived impacts of the programme of creativity and imagining the futures in Taiwanese education: Developing indicators for the evaluation of creative education programmes); Anna-Marie Higgins (Developing a pedagogic framework for teaching 'Music Concrete' creatively in secondary schools); Albhe Kenny (Communities of musical practice); Rosie Burt-Perkins (The construction of 'learning cultures' in music conservatoires); Tal-Chen Rabinowitch (Developing a measure of empathy in children's group music making); Susan Richards (Processing in music and language in children); Angeliki Triantafyllki (Identity construction in the workplace of music conservatoires and higher education).

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Research Projects

2017-2018  The Music Commission, ABRSM.

2016-2018 Evaluation of a programme called 'A minute of listening' by the Universities of Huddersfield and Cambridge. Funded by PRSF and Sound and Music, London. 

2016-2017 BERA Research Commission Project: Reviewing the potential and challenges of developing STEAM education through creative pedagogies for 21st century learning (funded by BERA) in collaboration with Universities of Aberdeen, Warwick and Aberystwyth.

2014-2015 'Listen, Imagine and Compose (LIC)': Teacher Education through Action Research (funded by Youth Music, Teach Through Music, Sound and Music, Arts Council, London) 

2014 'Sonic Pi: Live and Coding' (funded by NESTA)

2014-17 'Classroom to career: Using mobile technologies bridge the gap' International study (funding applied to Office of Learning and Teaching Australia)

2013-14 'The Role of Arts in Academic Motivation, Engagement and Achievement with Professor Josephine Fleming et al,  University of Sydney (Funded by ARC, Australia)

2013-15 Collaborative and Creative Learning in Music Education with HE partners in Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Canada (Funded by Switzerland Research Council)

2013 'Commonwealth Creativities in Intercultural Arts' fellowships, network building and public fora (Funded by CCE and CET)

2013 'Sonic Pi Live Coding to Pedagogy' (Funded by Raspberry Pi Foundation)

2012 'The Scope and Character of Composition Pedagogy' (Funded by SoundandMusic and Esmee Fairbain)

2011 'Developing Creativities in Higher Education' (Funded by the HEA)

2010 'Creativity and Assessment Practice in the Arts' (CAPA): a mixed-methods study to uncover teachers' thinking and practices of creativity assessment in visual arts and music (Faculty Funded). See questionnaire on Assessing Creativity in the Arts (ACA)

2009 'The Leadership and Management of Music Education in Welsh Primary and Secondary Schools'. (Sponsored by Welsh Educational Research Network; Funded by HEFCE & ESRC)

2009 'Creativity and Arts Assessment in Curriculum Reform: Patterns of Assessment Design, Preparation and Course Delivery in Key Stages 2, 3, and 4'. This is a comparative study of Hong Kong, Australia and the UK (Funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC) Hong Kong, China)

2009 'The Network Jamming International Project' (Jam2Jam): a study which aims to enhance learning and community engagement with creative performance activities based on collaborative and generative technologies (Funded by the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design and QUT, Australia)

2008-2009 'Evaluating the Use of E-Portfolios in Higher Education' (Pebblepad): a study which aims to enhance creativity and engagement in arts-based research tools (Funded by the TTA).

2007 'Artist Pedagogy and School Change' (APaSC): a study which explores pupil and teacher views on the ways in which visiting artists contribute to pupil learning and how these outcomes might relate to school change (Faculty Funded)

2004-2006 'Progression in Creative Learning' (PiCL): a study which sought to identify how creative learning is evidenced in musical and English composition across Foundation Stage to Key Stage 4 (i.e. with children aged four to fifteen) in collaboration with Professor Anna Craft, the University of Exeter, Professor Teresa Cremin, Canterbury Christchurch University and Dr. Kerry Chappell, Open University (Funded by Creative Partnerships, UK)

2004 'Documenting Possibility Thinking' (PT) in collaboration with Professor Anna Craft, University of Exeter and Professor Teresa Cremin, Canterbury Christchurch University. (Funded by Cambridge-Open University matched Faculty Funded)

2002 'Teacher-pupil Perspectives on Musical Learning at KS3': (Faculty Funded)

2001 'Changes in Adolescent Pupil Attitudes to 'School Music': (Faculty Funded)

2000 'Music Teacher Career Paths': a study of the critical phases and factors that influence why teachers become primary or secondary music specialists (Faculty Funded).

1999 'Into Different Worlds (The Soundings Project)': A study of children's experience of musical improvisation and composition. PhD Thesis, University of Reading, UK (ESRC studentship holder)

1995 'Examining the Relationship between Task Design and Experience of Composition': a study involving senior secondary music students. M.Ed. Thesis, University of Queensland (School Funded)

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Faculty Teaching and General Contributions

  • Manager of the Professional Doctorate of Education (EdD)
  • Doctoral teaching and supervision
  • Masters in Arts, Creativities and Education  (ACE) 
  • Convenor Webinar Series of Conferences for Professional Development in the Arts 
  • Convenor (PL)ACE Academic sub-Group Seminars Series
  • Convenor Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network (CIAN)
  • Faculty Appointments Committee 
  • Faculty Research Committee 
  • Doctoral Management Group 
  • Masters Management Committee 
  • Faculty Degree Committee 
  • Faculty Working Papers Editorial Board 
  • Faculty Social Media Working Group
  • Faculty Display Working Group

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Burnard, P., Ross, V., Dragovic, T., Powell, K., Minors, H., Mackinlay, E. (Eds) (2017) 'Building Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Bridges: Where Practice Meets Research and Theory'. eBook: BIBACC Publishing ISBN 978-0-9957727-0-0  (see

Burnard, P., Himonides, E., and Thibeault, M. (Eds) (2017in press) Creativities, Media and Technologies in Music Learning and Teaching: An Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Vol 5). Oxford: OUP. 

Burnard, P and Murphy, R. (2017) Teaching Music Creatively. London: Routledge (with Elizabeth Mackinlay, Gillian Howell,  Kathryn Marsh, Alex Ruthman, Jane Wheeler, Rena Upitis, Alex Ruthmann, Jane Wheeler,  James Biddulph, Jenny Boyack, Emily Akuno, Deborah Blair and Marcelo Giglio). Second Edition. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2016) Musical Creativities in Practice. Translated into Chinese. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Music Press.

Burnard, P. Mackinlay, E. and Powell, K. (2016) (Eds) The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research. London: Routledge. 

Haddon, L. and Burnard, P. (2016) (Eds) Creative Teaching for Creative Learning in Higher Academic Music Education. Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate.

Burnard, P., Dragovic, T., Flutter, J., and Alderton, J. (2016) (Eds). Transformative Doctoral Research Practices for Professionals. Amsterdam: SensePublishers. 

Burnard, P., Apelgren, B, and Cabaroglu, N. (2015) (Eds) Transformative Teacher Research: Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching. Amsterdam: SensePublishers.

Burnard, P., and Haddon, L. (2014) (Eds) Activating Diverse Musical Creativities: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. London: Bloomsbury.

Burnard, P., Hofvander Trulsson, and Soderman, J. (2015) (Eds) Bourdieu and the Sociology of Music, Music Education and Research. Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate. 

Burnard, P. (2013) (Ed) Developing Creativities in Higher Education: International Perspectives and Practices. London: Routledge.

Georgii-Hemming, E., Burnard, P. and Holgersen, S.E (2013) (Eds.) Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher Education. ch (pp. 5-28). Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate.

Burnard, P and Murphy, R. (2013) Teaching Music Creatively. London: Routledge ( with James Biddulph, Kathryn Marsh, Alex Ruthman, Jane Wheeler, Rena Upitis, Alex Ruthmann, Jane Wheeler,  Jenny Boyack, Gillian Howell, Emily Akuno, Deborah Blair and Marcelo Giglio). First Edition. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2012) Musical Creativities in Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Finney, J. and Burnard, P. (2008) (Eds.) Music Education with Digital Technology. London: Continuum.

Craft, A., Cremin, T and Burnard, P. (2007) (Eds.) Creative Learning 3-11 and How We Document It: What, How and Why? London: Trentham.

Burnard, P. and Hennessy, S. (2006/2010) (Eds.) Reflective Practices in Arts Education. Second Edition, Dordrecht: Springer.

Peer reviewed journal articles

Burnard, P., Dragovic, T., Ottewell, K., and Lim, W.M. (in review). Voicing the professional doctorate and the researching professional’s identity: theorising EdD's uniqueness. The London Review of Education Special Issue (Abstract accepted/article in review).
Heaton, R., Burnard, P., and Nikolova, A. with Igglesden, T., Williams, D., Joomun, R., Peacock, F., Rogers, B. and Wong, S. (in review) (Re-)conceptualising doctoral education as a living autographic site for professionals. IJETA

Stahl, G., Burnard, P., & Burt-Perkins, R. (in review) Critical reflections on the use of Bourdieu's tools to understand the practices of learning in three musical sites. Sociological Research Online.

Minors, H., van der Walt, S., Wiffin, C., Burnard, P., and Shihabi, Z. (2017) Mapping trends and framing issues in higher music education: Changing minds/ changing practices. The London Review of Education.

Aaron, S., Blackwell, A.F., and Burnard, P. (2016) The development of Sonic Pi and its use in educational partnerships: cocreating pedagogies for learning computer programming. The Journal of Music Technology and Education. Special Issue 'Live Coding in Music Education', 9(1), 75-94.

Despres, J.P., Burnard, P., Dube, F., & S. Stevance (2016) Expert improvisers in western classical music learning pathways. Creativity and Thinking Skills Journal, 22, 167-179 DOI: 10.1016/j.tsc.2016.10.006.

Despres, J.P., Burnard, P., Dube, F., & S. Stevance (2017) Expert western classical music improviser's strategies. Journal of Research in Music Education, 65(2), July.

Burnard, P. (2016) The imperative of creative teaching in relation to creative learning for Artist-Scholars working in higher education. NiTRO.Edition 3, September 26

Burnard, P., Holliday, C., Jasilek, S., and Nikolova, A. (2015) Artists and higher education partnerships: A living enquiry. Education Journal, 4(26), 98-105. do: 10.11648/

Burnard, P. and Dragovic, T. (2014) Collaborative creativity in instrumental group learning as a site for enhancing pupil wellbeing. Cambridge Journal of Education: Special Issue 'Creativity and Wellbeing'. DOI:10.1080/0305764X.2014.934204.

Burnard, P. and Dragovic, T. (2014) Characterising communal creativity in instrumental group learning. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 3 (3), 336-362.

Rabinowitch, T., Cross, I. and Burnard, P. (2013) Long-term musical group interaction has a positive influence on empathy in children. Psychology of Music, 41 (4), 484-498. 

Burnard, P. (2012) Rethinking creative teaching and teaching as research: Mapping the critical phases that mark times of change and choosing as learners and teachers of music. Theory Into Practice, 51(3), 40-52.

Craft, A., Cremin, T., Burnard, P., Dragovic, T., and Chappell, K. (2012) Possibility thinking: Culminative studies of an evidence-based concept driving creativity? Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education. Doi:1080/03004279.2012.656671, http://dx.doi/org/10.1080/03004279.2012.656671

Burnard, P. (2011) Educational leadership, musical creativities and digital technology in education Journal of Music, Technology and Education 4(2/3), 151-171, doi: 10.1386/jmte.4.2-3.157_1.

Burnard, P. and Swann, M. (2010) Pupil perceptions of learning with artists: a new order of experience? Thinking Skills and Creativity, 5(2), 70-83.

Burnard, P. (2010) Inspiring creative mediation in music education. Hellenic Journal of Music, Education, and Culture, 1(1), 4-16.

Triantafyllaki, A. and Burnard, P. (2010) Creativity and arts-based knowledge creation in diverse educational partnership practices: Lessons from two case studies in rethinking traditional spaces for learning. UNESCO Observatory E-Journal, Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, University of Melbourne, 1(5). 

Burnard, P. (2010) Creativity, performativity, and educational standards: Conflicting or productive tensions in music education in England? Studies in Music from the University of Western Ontario, 23, Special Issue on 'Rethinking Standards for the 21st Century: New Realities, New Challenges, New Propositions' (electronic copies of any of these collected papers on national music education standards, by authors representing Germany, the US, Australia, Canada and England, can be obtained from Professor Paul Woodford at

Hallam, S., Burnard, P. , Robertson, A., Saleh, C., Davies, V., Rogers, L., and Kokatsaki, D. (2009) Trainee primary school teachers' perceptions of their effectiveness in teaching music. Music Education Research, 11(2), 221-240.

Burnard, P. (2009) Modulating pedagogical spaces for creativity in music education. Sound Arts - The MENZA Magazine, 5(2), 4-9.

Burnard, P. (2008) Appropriating a new professionalism in music education through creative mediation. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 2(2), 3-23.

Burnard, P. and White, J. (2008) Creativity and Performativity: Counterpoints in British and Australian Education. British Educational Research Journal, Special Issue on 'Creativity and Performativity in Teaching and Learning', 34(5), 667-682.

Burnard, P. and Younker, B.A. (2008) Investigating children's musical interactions within the activities systems of group composing and arranging: an application of Engestrom's Activity Theory. International Journal of Educational Research, 47(1), 60-74.

Burnard, P. (2008) A phenomenological study of music teachers' approaches to inclusive education practices among disaffected youth. Research Studies in Music Education, 30(1), 59-76.

Burnard, P. (2008) Editorial: The impact of productive tensions between policy and practice on creativity in education.UNESCO Observatory E-Journal, Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 1(3).  

Chappell, K., Craft, A., Burnard, P. and Cremin, T. (2008) Question-posing and question-responding: the heart of 'Possibility Thinking' in the early years. Early Years, 28(3), 267-286.

Burnard, P., Dillon, S., Rusinek, G. and Saether, E. (2008) Promoting social inclusion in music education: International comparisons of key issues in teaching and learning. International Journal of Music Education: Practice, 26(2), 109-126.

Burnard, P. (2007) Reframing creativity and technology: promoting pedagogic change in music. Journal of Music, Technology and Education. 1(1), 37-55.

Craft, A., Cremin, T., Burnard, P. and Chappell, K. (2007) Teacher stance in creative learning: A study of progression. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 2(1), 136-147.

Burnard, P., Grainger, T. Craft, A. (2006) Documenting possibility thinking: A journey of collaborative enquiry, International Journal of Early Years Education, Special Issue on Creativity and Cultural Innovation in Early Childhood Education, 14(3), 243-262.

Grainger, T., Burnard, P. Craft, A. (2006) Pedagogy and possibility thinking in the Early Years. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 1(2), 26-38.

Burnard, P. (2006) Telling half the story: making explicit the significance of methods and methodologies in creative education. Music Education Research, 8(2), 143-152.

Burnard, P. (2006) Reflecting on the creativity agenda in education. Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(3), 313-321.

Burnard, P. (2004) Pupil-teacher conceptions and the challenge of learning: Lessons from a Year 8 creative classroom Improving Schools, 7(1), 23-34.

Burnard, P. and Younker, B.A. (2004) Creativity and individual composing pathways: perspectives within a cross-cultural framework'. International Journal of Music Education, 22(1), 59-76.

Burnard, P. (2002) Investigating children's meaning making and the emergence of musical interaction in group improvisation. British Journal of Music Education, 19(2) 157-172.

Burnard, P. and Younker, B.A. (2002) Mapping pathways: Fostering creativity in composition. Music Education Research, 4(2), 245-261.

Burnard, P. (2002) Into different worlds: what improvising and composing can mean to children. Music and Movement Education Quarterly, 34(4), 22-28. Cleveland: American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

Burnard, P. (2000) Examining experiential differences between improvisation and composition in children's music making. British Journal of Music Education, 17(3), 227-245.

Burnard, P. (2000) How children ascribe meaning to improvisation and composition: rethinking pedagogy in music education. Music Education Research, 2(1), 7-23.

Burnard, P . (1999) Bodily intention in children's improvisation and composition. Psychology of Music. 27(2), 159-174.

Burnard, P. (1995) Task design and experience in composition. Research Studies in Music Education, 5(2), 32-46

Guest editorship of special issues of journals, books and handbooks

de Bruin, L., Davis, S., and Burnard, P. (Eds)  (2018 in production) Creativities in Arts Education, Research and Practice: Glocal Perspectives for the Future of Learning and Teaching. SensePublishers.

Burnard, P., Ross, V., Dragovic, T., Powell, K., Minors, H., Mackinlay, E. (Eds) Building Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Bridges: Where Practice Meets Research and Theory. eBook: BIBACC Publishing ISBN 978-0-9957727-0-0

Burnard, P., Himonides, E., and Thibeault, M. (Eds) (2017) Creativities, Media and Technologies in Music Learning and Teaching: An Oxford Handbook of Music Education (Vol 5). Oxford: OUP.

Burnard, P., Apelgren, B., and Cabaroglu, N.  (2014-2020) Critical Issues in the Future of Learning Teaching Edited Series. Amsterdam: SensePublishers.

Burnard, P. (2012) Section Editor of 'Creativities in Practice' for The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, pp. 317-427, New York: Oxford University Press.

Burnard, P. (2008) Special Issue of UNESCO Observatory E-Journal Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts on 'Creativity, policy and practice discourses: productive tensions in the new millennium', 1(3).

Burnard, P., Dillon S. and Ballantyne, J. (2008) Special Issue of Research Studies in Music Education 'Pedagogies of inclusion in music education: International perspectives', 30(1).

Burnard, P. (2007) Section Editor of 'Creativity' in the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, Dordrecht: Springer.

Burnard, P. (2006) Special Issue of Music Education Research on 'Research methodologies and methods in the field of Music Education', 8(2).

Burnard, P. (2006) Special Issue of Cambridge Journal of Education on 'Creativity in education', 36(3).

Invited Book Chapters

Burnard, P., Dragovic, T., Jasilek, S., Fenyvesi, K., Rolls, L., Durning, A., and Biddulph, J. (2017 in review). 'The art of creating possibility spaces for fostering STEAM practices in primary education'. In X. Du and T. Chemi (Eds)  Innovation and Change in Education Cross-cultural Perspectives Special Issue: Arts-based Methods in Education Across the World. River Publishers.

Burnard, P., Holliday, C., Susanne J., and Nikolova, A. (2017 in review). 'Artists and arts-based method use in higher education: A living inquiry of an academic programme in a school of education' In T. Chemi (Eds) Arts-based Methods in Higher Education. London: Palgrave.

Burnard, P. (2018 in review ) Educating professional musicians, gender inequalities, and rethinking higher music education career creativities: Strategies for change in institutional leadership. In D. Bennett et al (Eds.)The Routledge Handbook on Educating Professional Musicians in a Global Context (in progress). London: Routledge.  

Burnard, P. (in review) Arts activism, diverse creativities and embodiment. In de Bruin, L., Davies, S., and Burnard, P. (Eds) Creativities in Arts Education, Research and Practice: Glocal Perspectives for the Future of learning and Teaching. SensePublishers. 

Burnard, P., Florack, F., Blackwell, A., Aaron, S., Philbin, C. (2017) Learning from live coding. In A. King, E. Himonides and A. Ruthmann (Eds) The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education (pp. 37-49). London: Routledge.

Burnard, P., Ross, V., Hassler, L., and Murphy, L. (2017) Translating intercultural creativities in the practice of community musicians. In B. Bartlett and L. Higgins (Eds) The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. Oxford: OUP. 

Burnard, P., (2017) Commentary: Musical Creativity as Practice. In P. Burnard, E. Himonides & M. Thibeault (Eds) Volume 5 Creativities, Media and Technologies in Music Learning and Teaching: An Oxford Handbook of Music Education. Oxford: OUP. 

Burnard, P. (2017) The imperative and possibility of diverse musical creativities in policy and practice. In M. Stakelum, R. Girdljauskiene (Eds) European Perspectives on Music Education, Vol 7, EAS publication.

Hofvander Trulsson, Y., and Burnard, P. (2016) Insider, outsider or cultures in-between: ethical and methodological considerations in intercultural arts research. In P. Burnard, E. Mackinlay and K. Powell (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research (pp. 115-126) London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2016) The professional doctorate. In P. Burnard, T. Dragovic, J. Flutter and J. Alderton (Eds.) Transformative Doctoral Research Practices for Professionals (pp.15-29). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers

Burnard, P. (2015) (Re-)Positioning creativities in relation to effective arts pedagogy: UK perspectives on teaching for creativity and teaching creatively in the arts. In J. Fleming, M. Anderson, and R. Givson (Eds.) How Arts Education Makes  a Difference: Examining Successful Practice and Pedagogy in the Classroom. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. and Nikolova, A. with Ellie Mann and Dan Daly (2015) Teachers professional learning with artists: Transforming educational practice using creative arts-based reflective tools  In P. Burnard, B. Apelgren., and N. Cabaroglu (Eds.) Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching. Amsterdam: Sense Publishers.

Bennett, D., and Burnard, P. (2015) The development and impact of (human) professional capital creativities on higher education graduates: Lessons underpinned by Bourdieu. In R. Communion and A. Gilmore (Eds.) Higher Education and the Creative Economy. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P., Hassler, L., Murphy, L. and de Jong, O. (2015) The imperative of diverse musical creativities as practices of social justice. In C. Benedict, P. Schmidt, G. Spruce and P. Woodford (Eds.) The Oxford Companion to Social Justice and Music Education. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P., Apelgren, B. and Cabaroglu, N. (2015) Researching teachers: Teachers researching as teaching practice. In P. Burnard, B. Apelgren and N. Cabaroglu (Eds.) Transformative Teacher Research: Theory and Practice for the C21st (pp.103-113) Rotterdam, The Netherlands: SensePublishers. 

Burnard, P. (2014) Addressing the politics of practice-based research and its potential contribution to Higher Music Education. In S. Harrison (Ed) Research and Research Education in Music Performance and Pedagogy, pp. 133-150. Dordrecht: Springer. 

Burnard, P.  and Fautley, M. (2014) Assessing diverse creativities in music: A spectrum of challenges, possibilities and practices.In M. Fleming, J. O'Toole and L. Bresler (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Arts in Education. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2013a) Championing the significance of creativities in higher music education. In P. Burnard (Ed) Developing Creativities in Higher Music Education: International perspectives and Practices, pp. 1-11. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2013b) A spectrum of musical creativities and particularities of practice. In P. Burnard (Ed) Developing Creativities in Higher Music Education: International perspectives and Practices, pp. 75-87. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2013c) Leadership creativities and leadership development in higher music education. In P. Burnard (Ed) Developing Creativities in Higher Music Education: International perspectives and Practices, pp. 211-233. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2013d) Addressing the politics of practice-based research and its potential contribution to higher music education. In S. Harrison (Ed) Research and Research Education in Music Performance and Pedagogy, pp. 133-151. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Burnard, P. (2013e) Problematising what counts as knowledge and the production of creativities in music. In E. Georgii-Hemming, P. Burnard and S. Holgersen (Eds.) Professional Knowledge in Music Teacher Education, pp. 97-110. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Holgersen, S. and Burnard, P. (2013f) Different types of knowledges forming professionalism: A vision of post-millenial music teacher education, pp. 198-202. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Burnard, P. (2013g) Championing creative musicianship. In I. Malmberg and A. de Vugt. European Perspectives on Music Education I: Artistry and Craftmanship, pp. 63-77. Germany/Austria: Helbling.

Burnard, P. and Power, A. (2013h) Issues in conceptions of creativity and creativity assessment in music education. In K. Thomas and J. Chan (Eds.) Handbook of Research in Creativity, pp. 158-172. Sydney, Australia: Edward Elgar.

Burnard, P. and Biddulph, J. (2013i) Music. In R. Jones and D. Wyse (Eds) Creativity in the Primary Curriculum, pp. 130-148. (2nd edition), London:Routledge.

Burnard, P. (2013j)  Reflection on the conceptual bases of Peter Webster's Creative Thinking in Music' In J. Richmond and M. Hickey (Eds.) Coming About: A Retrospective Review of, and Reflections on, the Writings of Peter Webster, pp. 20-44. Chicago: Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, USA (soon to be published as an iBook).

Burnard, P. (2012) The practice of diverse compositional creativities. In D. Colllins (Ed) The Act of Musical Composition - Studies in the Creative Process, pp.111-138. Ashgate: SEMPRE Psychology of Music Series.

Burnard, P. (2012) Building international collaborative networks through creative professional practice. In C. Harrison and S. Hennessy (Eds.) 'Listen Out: International perspectives on music education', pp.95-104. Matlock, Derbyshire: National Association of Music Educators (NAME).

Burnard, P. (2011) Using the metaphor and tool of 'Rivers of Musical Experience' for reflecting on musical pathways. In C. Harrison and L. McCullough (Eds.)  Musical Pathways, pp. 168-179. Matlock, Derbyshire: National Association of Music Educators (NAME).

Cain, T. and Burnard, P. (2011) Teachers and pupils as researchers: Paradigms for researching school music. In G. Spruce and C. Philpott (Eds.) Debates in Music Education. London: Routledge.

Burnard, P. and Triantafyllaki, A. (2012) Exploring the sociality of creativity using narrative enquiry: Where the self and the social meet in contemporary composers' musical lifeworlds.  In S. O'Neill (Ed.) Personhood and Music Learning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Narrative Voices. CMEA/ACME Biennial Book Series, Research to Practice. Canada.

Burnard, P. (2012) Rethinking musical creativity. In O. Odena (Ed) Musical Creativity: Insights From Music Education Research (pp. 5-28). Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate.

Rabinowitch, T., Cross, I., Burnard, P., (2011) Between consciousnesses: Embodied musical intersubjectivity, in: Reynolds, D.and Reason, M. (Eds), Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices. Portland, USA: Intellect Press.

Leong, S., Burnard, P., Jeannert, N., Leung, B. and Waugh, C. (2012) Assessing creativity in music: International perspectives and practices. In G. McPherson and G. Welch (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education. New York: Oxford University Press.

Burnard, P. (2011) Creativity, pedagogic partnerships, and the improvisatory space of teaching. In K. Sawyer (Ed.) Structure and Improvisation in Creative Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Burnard, P. (2011) Constructing assessment for creative learning. In J. Sefton-Green, P. Thomson, L. Bresler and K. Jones (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Burnard, P. and Younker, B.A. (2010) Towards a broader conception of creativity in the music classroom: A case for using Engestrom's Activity Theory as a bases for researching and characterising group music-making practices. In R. Wright (Ed.) Sociology of Music Education, pp. 165-191, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Burnard, P. and Bjork, C. (2010) Using student voice research to understand and improve musical learning. In C. Harrison and J. Finney (Eds.) Finding The Student Voice, (pp. 24-33). Matlock, Derbyshire: National Association of Music Educators (NAME).

Burnard, P., Kelly, E. and Biddulph, J. (2010) Mapping the creative journeying in practitioner research. In M. Khine and I. Saleh (Eds.) Practitioner Research: Teachers' Investigations in Classroom Teaching, pp. 1-15.  Hauppage, New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-61761-744-7.

Burnard, P. (2010) Creative learning in music and educational renewal. In J. Ballantyne and B. Bartleet (Eds.) Navigating Music and Sound Education, pp. 51-76, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Burnard, P. (2009) Researching children's creativity and the PhD process. In D. Forrest (Ed.) Journeying: Reflections on Doctoral Studies by Australian Music Educators, pp. 33-43. ASME Monograph No. 6. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Burnard, P. (2009) Higher purpose: On putting the Arts at the heart of Higher Education. National Campaign for the Arts (NCA), Newsletter, June.

Burnard, P. (2009) Progression in musical composition. In H. Coll and A. Lamont (Eds). Sound Progress: Exploring Musical Development, pp. 73-79. Matlock, Derbyshire: National Association of Music Educators (NAME).

Burnard, P. (2008) Creative learning and progression in the arts. In M. Rouhete (Ed) Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education: A European and International Research Symposium, (pp. 161-172). Paris: La Documentation Francaise, Centre Pompidou.

Burnard, P. (2008/2006) Rethinking the imperatives for reflective practices in arts education. In P. Burnard and S. Hennessy (Eds.) Reflective Practices in Arts Education, pp. 3-13. Dordrecht: Springer.

Burnard, P. (2007) Creativity and technology: critical agents of change in the work and lives of music teachers. In J. Finney and P. Burnard (Eds.) Music Education with Digital Technology, pp. 196-206. London: Continuum.

Burnard, P. (2007) Routes to understanding musical creativity. In L. Bresler (Ed) International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, pp. 1197-1212. Dordrecht: Springer.

Burnard, P. (2007) Provocations in creativity research. In L.Bresler (Ed) Handbook of Research in Arts Education, pp. 1171-1178. Dordrecht: Springer.

Burnard, P. (2006) The individual and social worlds of children's creativity. In G. McPherson. The Child Musician, pp. 353-375. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Burnard, P. (2006) Understanding children's meaning-making as composers. In I. Deliege and G. Wiggins (Eds.) Musical Creativity: Multidisciplinary Research in Theory and Practice, pp. 146-167. New York: Psychology Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

Burnard, P. (2005) What matters in teaching creatively? In Elliott, D (Ed) Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues, pp.267-271. New York, Oxford University Press.

Burnard, P. (2004) Reflecting on music learning and rethinking contexts. In Bartel, L (Ed.) Questioning the Music Education Paradigm, pp. 244-257. Alberta: Canadian Educator's Association.

Burnard, P. (2003) 'How musical are you?' Examining the discourse of derision in music education. In Leong, S. (Ed) Musicianship in the 21stcentury: Issues, Trends and Possibilities, pp. 28-39, Sydney: Australian Music Centre.

Burnard, P. (2002) 'Teaching and assessing children's musical improvisation'. Harris, D. & Paterson, A. (Eds.) How Are You Doing: Learning and Assessment in Music, pp. 26-35, National Association of Music Educators (NAME).


March, 11, 2016 'STEAM education and Creative Pedagogies for 21st Century Learners', E.S.T.E.A.M. Teaching and Learning Conference 2017, The Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth, UK.

January, 25, 2017 TEDx Salon Talk 'Busting creativity myths', Cambridge. UK.

November, 31, 2016 'Addressing the politics of diverse creativities and reflexivities as researchers: Defining 'practice' in relation to 'research' Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Creativity Summit, in Melbourne, Australia.

November, 22, 2016 'Arts-based' and 'STEAMed' research approaches: Intersections of interdisciplinary research with visual and performing intercultural arts practices. Homerton College Research Seminar Series, Cambridge

November, 21, 2015 'Pedagogic creativities and the contemporary music classroom' Annual Conference of APEM (portuguese Association of Music Education), in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal.

May, 7-9, 2015 'Why creativities matter' IV Symposium on the Paradigms of Teaching Musical Instruments in the XX1 Century, University of Evora, Portugal.

February, 28, 2015 'The beautiful risk of creativities in education' London Festival of Education, Institute of Education, London, UK

February, 18-21, 2015 'Assessing creativities' Fifth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, connecting Practice, Measurement and Evaluation. Williamsburg Conference Centre, Virginia, USA.

Dec 10, 2014 'Evaluating the creative and cultural turn: Towards a new discourse' Keynote at the Cambridge Arts Network Conference: The Creative City, Cambridge, UK.

November, 7-9, 2014 'Activating diverse creativities in music education' 'Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI), CIT Cork School of Music and Academy of Popular Music, Cork, Ireland.

September 4-6, 2014 Creativities, musicalities and Entrepreneurships. International conference at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London, UK.

May 16, 2014 Creativities in the interplay between children and educators as creative practitioners: Activating new possibilities. Music in the Early Years Conference Malmo University, Sweden.

May 13, 2014 Ways of creatively 'Me-searching' and 'Re-searching' as Practioner-based and Practice-based Researchers' The Higher Education Academy Conference, The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, UK. 

May 6, 2014 Learning communities: Co-creating creativities, vision and ways of sharing practice in Higher Music Education. National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE) Conference at Bath Spa University,  Bath, UK.

April, 29, 2014 Rethinking creativities and entrepreneurialism in education. Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE, 2014) Dublin, Ireland. 

February, 5-7, 2014 What we understand as creativities in music education. Conference hosted by the Granada Teacher Education Centre at University of Granada, Spain. 

November, 2013 Rethinking compositional pedagogy in an age of multiple musical creativities.Three day congress organised by Finnish ISME at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland.

September, 2013 Creating communities of new practice: Designing the learning spaces and assessment for learning between comfort and risk. National Music Conference Singapore.

April, 2013 Creativities in the context of teaching and learning in higher music education' The 8th International Conference for Research in Music Education, 9-13th April, Exeter, UK.

November, 2012 Taught sessions and research seminars on 'Developing multiple creativities in Higher Education teaching and assessment strategies'Ludwig Maximillians Universitat Munchen, Germany.

November, 2012 Congres 2012 Conference Keynote Musical Creativities and Music Learning Benefits for the 21st Learner. Universite Laval Quebec(QC) Quebec Conference Centre, Quebec, Canada

October, 2012 Hampshire Secondary Music Teachers CPD Conference Keynote on 'Musical Creativities in the Classroom: Insights from Research into Practice', Winchester, UK

October, 2012 International Music Institutions Leaders Forum, Beijing Conservatory, China

June, 2012, Children's Well-being and the Arts, Action for Children's Arts Conference 2012, Unicorn Theatre, London

June, 2012, Expanding the concept of creativity: Creativities in practice. University of Exeter, Research Seminar Series, Exeter.

June, 2012, Creative Journeying: Coming to terms with the production of knowledges in educational research. Kaleidoscope Conference 2012, Cambridge

May, 2012, Creativities in society: Understanding real world practice. World Conference of Art, Design and Education, Cesar's Palace, Alatalya, Turkey

April, 2012 Creative musicianship. European Association of Music in Schools. Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Netherlands. 

March, 2012, Researching musical creativities in practice. MENC, Creativity SRIG, St. Louis, Missouri, USA 

September, 2011, 2nd Biennial Euro-Meditteranean Music Conference, Cyprus Music Institution, Nicosia, Cyprus

July, 2011, ASME National Conference, Queensland, Australia

April, 2011, RIME International Conference, Exeter, UK*

July, 2010 'The Ideal Partner' CP Conference, Norwich, UK.

May, 2010 'Resituating creativity discourses in education and the arts', University of Exeter, UK.

November, 2009 BERA SIG Conference Day 'Situating creativity in education and the arts', Cambridge, UK.

October 2009, 'Creativity and Innovation in Arts Education' World Arts Alliance Education (WAAE) 2009 World Summit, Newcastle, UK

July 2009, 'Modulating Pedagogical Spaces for Creativity and Innovation in Music Education' Music Education Canterbury '09 Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand*

June 2009, 'Inspiring Creativity in Primary Music Education' 3rd International EEMANE Conference, Athens, Greece

March 2009, 'The Creative Professional' presented at the International Professional Development Association (IPDA) Conference Ireland

March 2009, 'Creative Partnerships: Appropriating a new professionalism?' presented at The Anglian Ruskin University, Creativity Symposium, UK.

July 2009, 'Situating Creativity in Music and Music Education Contexts' China Conservatory, Beijing.

November 2008, 'Creativity, Disciplines, Interdisciplinarity and Paradigms' Hong Kong, China*

June 2008, 'Creativity and Contemporary Practices in Music Education' World Creativity Summit Taipei, Taiwan, China

March 2008, 'Creative Learning and Progression in the Arts' A European and International Research Symposium, Centre Pompidou Paris, France

October 2007, 'Researching with visual- and creative-based methodologies', Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Conference proceedings (2007-2012)

Burnard, P. (2016) Creativities in the paths to a career. Professional musicians, gender and the case for institutional change. In E.Chong et al (Eds.) Proceedings of the 21st International Seminar of the ISME Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician (CEPROM) University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland 20-23 July 2016. ISME publication, (pp.197-197) ISBN: 978-0-9942055-8-2 (ebook)

Burnard, P. (2012) Understanding the multiple music creativities arising in singer-songwriting: A Bourdian perspective. Rock and Roles Conference. Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London.

Burnard, P. (2012) Music's multiple creativities: New Perspectives on Research, Theory and Practice. Paper presented at the ISME World Conference Thessonliki, Greece.

Burnard, P. (2012) Making a contribution to knowledge but whose knowledge and for what context?. A symposium paper on 'Research Excellence: Measurement and Music Education Research' Convened by Diana Blom and Dawn Bennett at the ISME World Conference Thessonliki, Greece.

Burnard, P. (2012) A framework for understanding musical creativities. Paper presented at MISTEC.

Burnard, P. and Lavicza, Z. (2010) Teachers' conceptions and practices of assessing creativity. Paper presented at the BERA 2010 Conference, Warwick, UK, Creativity SIG, 2 September 2010.

Burnard, P. and Lavicza, Z. (2010) Primary and secondary music and visual arts teachers' conceptions and practices of Assessing Creativity in the Arts (ACA): Developing the ACA questionnaire. Research Note for the International Research Commission 25-30 July, Northeeast Normal University, Changchun, China, July, (to be published on the ISME website).

Burnard, P., Fautley, M. and Savage, J. (2010) 'Assessing creativity in the secondary school classroom: Exploring variations in teachers' conceptions and practices'. Full Paper Conference Proceedings of the 29th ISME World Conference, Beijing, August, CDROM.

Burnard, P. and Wyse, D. (2009) 'Creativity in the Primary Curriculum: Reconciling disconnections between policy, theory, research and practice'. Paper given at the British Education Research Association (BERA) Conference, September, Manchester, September.

Burnard, P. (2009) 'Situating musical creativity in relation to informal music learning practices' as part of a Symposium on 'Informal Learning and Post Compulsory Music Education' at the The Reflective Conservatoire 2nd International Conference: Building Connections February at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Barbican Conference Centre, London, CDROM.

Burnard, P. (2009) 'Rethinking standards for the 21st century: New realities, new challenges, new propositions' The 6th International Research In Music Education (RIME) Conference, April, CDROM.

Burnard, P. (2009) ''International perspectives on the impact of partnerships on learning and school change; knowledge creation through partnerships' The 6th International Research in Music Education (RIME) Conference, April, CDROM.

Burnard, P. (2008) Discourses of creativity and performativity: Appropriating a new professionalism in music education through creative mediation. N. Jeanneret and D. Forrest (Eds) Commission for Policy: Culture, Education, Mass Media: The Bologna Papers, pp. 7-11. Melbourne: International Society for Music Education and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. ISBN 978-0-9804560-3-5.

Burnard, P. and Maddock, M. (2007) Pupil and Teacher Perceptions of Artist Pedagogy: An Exploratory Study. British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, London, September, CDROM.

Cremin, T., Craft, A. and Burnard, P. ( 2007) Examining 'Possibility Thinking' in action in Early Years Settings in C. Broom(Ed) Opening Doors to Imaginative Education: Connecting Theory to Practice. Proceedings of the 1st Annual Symposium on Imaginative Education, July 12-15th 2006 Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC Canada.pp.28-39.

Burnard, P. (2007) 'Creative learning and progression in the arts'. In Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education: A European and International Research Symposium. Conference Proceedings. Paris: Pompidou Centre Publications. Presentation can be viewed

Burnard, P., Dillon, S., Rusinek, G., Saether, E. (2007) 'Promoting social inclusion in music education: International comparisons of key issues in teaching and learning'. Collaborative paper co-presented at The 4th International Conference of Research in Music Education, University of Exeter, 11-14 April. CDROM

Burnard, P. with Craft, A, Cremin, T & Chappell, K. (2007) 'Creative learning and progression through composing music'. Paper presented at The 4th International Conference of Research in Music Education, University of Exeter, 11-14 April. CDROM

Elkoshi, R., Murphy, R. & Burnard, P. (2007) 'Is early musical symbolization a universal human activity? Reports from a multicultural developmental pilot study' Paper co-presented by Dr. Rivka Elkoshi (Levinsky College Music Academy (Israel) and Dr. Regina Murphy, University College, Dublin (Ireland) at The 4th International Conference of Research in Music Education, University of Exeter, 11-14 April. CDROM

Hallam, S., Burnard, P., Robertson, A., Saleh, C (2007) 'Trainee primary school teachers' perceptions of their effectiveness in teaching music' Paper presented by Professor Susan Hallam, Institute of Education, University of London, at The 4th International Conference of Research in Music Education, University of Exeter, 11-14 April. CDROM