Christine Bates

Principal Lecturer

Chris Bates


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 Principal Lecturer in Community Music at Leeds College of Music. Her career has formed from experience as a 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.

Further research identified 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.

Most recently Christine has produced output from her research into pedagogy for working with music and mental health. She coordinates the Converge Music initiative at Leeds College of Music and has placed the personal and social benefits of participatory music making at the centre of two subsequent Symposia, which she has convened, at Leeds College of Music in 2016 and 2017.

Christine has given papers relating to her research at numerous conferences, nationally and internationally and she is internationally published. Christine still leads and engages with community ensembles across Yorkshire.

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