Chris Bates

Principal Lecturer


Job title: Principal Lecturer

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music – Community Music module

Specialisms: community music, pedagogical methodologies in formal and informal music education


Christine is Senior Lecturer in Community Music at Leeds College of Music. Her career has formed from experience as a classroom teacher, practising community musician and researcher. She is a graduate of both the University of Wales and Durham University and a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Christine’s primary interest is pedagogical methodologies in formal and informal music education. She received a Development Award from PALATINE, in 2011, for her research into producing a pedagogical model for facilitating collaborative composition in community based music workshops. Other research has focused on pedagogies for engaging whole families in music making and Christine convened and chaired the symposium The Importance and Vitality of Family Music Making at Leeds College of Music in November 2010.

Christine’s current research seeks to identify methodologies which are appropriate and effective in enabling collaborative and participatory musical creativity within the undergraduate music curriculum, influenced by methodologies from informal educational settings.

Christine has given papers relating to her research at numerous conferences, nationally and internationally and she is internationally published.

As Module Coordinator for the Community Music Project, at Leeds College of Music, Christine has placed her students centrally in her current research An examination of the benefits of blended learning to the student working on placement and has delivered relevant papers both regionally and nationally in 2013/14.

Christine regularly leads vocal workshops with youngsters on the North East Coast where she also continues facilitating music projects for families. Christine is a member of Music Mark and Sound Sense.

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