Diversity and inclusion through music technologies

15 June 2015, 5.00 PM - 15 June 2015, 6.30 PM

Dr Marina Gall with Doug Bott, Ben Campbell, Siggy Patchitt and Ben Philcox

4.10, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA

This event is a part of the Festival of Education series from 3 - 15 June 2015. 

It is recognised that music technologies open up new possibilities for all areas of music - composing, performing and listening - and offer opportunities for a broad range of children to engage, and to fulfil their creative aspirations, whether or not they possess 'traditional' skills or play an instrument. Each year, trainee music teachers at the University of Bristol explore music technologies, and their uses, through a range of activities including collaborations with local music education partners.

In this presentation, some of the partners who support our novice teachers will explain their links with the University of Bristol, and ways in which music technologies open up possibilities for a diverse range of young people. The presentation will also outline some of the Graduate School research related to these music technology and teacher education ventures.


Dr Marina Gall leads the Music subject strand of University of Bristol’s PGCE course for trainee secondary school teachers. Her research focuses on young people and music technology. She is a board member of the European Association for Music in Schools, and initiated and leads the association’s special focus group on digital tools within music education.

Doug Bott is Musical Director at OpenUp Music, with a mission to open up youth orchestras, musical instruments and musical repertoire to young disabled musicians. Prior to this, he spent 14 years as an associate of Drake Music which specialises in the use of assistive music technology to break down physical/societal barriers to participation.

Ben Campbell is Curriculum Co- ordinator for Music at Cotham School, Bristol. Ben's experience in engaging people in music making though the use of technology is extensive having worked as a tutor for the Drake MusicProject, as a music workshop leader on a variety of community inclusion projects and, for the past 9 years, in the formal education sector as a classroom music teacher. Ben featured in the 2012 Ofsted good practice film 'Wider Still, and Wider' a focus of which is the use of technology in the classroom. He also acts as school mentor for University of Bristol PGCE music student teachers.

Siggy Patchitt, is the Education Manager at Bristol Plays Music, the lead organisation for Bristol’s Music Education Hub. He has been a music educator for over a decade and currently sits on the board of trustees of Sound Sense and is part of the Music Mark SEND focus group. Bristol Plays Music is one of 14 organisations across the country to be working as a strategic national partner with the National Foundation for Youth Music, developing a regional strategy for Inclusive Excellence in the West of England.

Ben Philcox is centre manager, course coordinator and lecturer at ‘dBs Music’, a further and higher education institution in the heart of Bristol, which offers degree and Masters level studies in such areas as Game Audio, Electronic Music Production, and Music Production.

Chaired by: Dr Marina Gall

Time: 5 - 6:30pm

Eventbrite - Diversity and inclusion through music technologies

Contact information

ed-events@bristol.ac.uk or 0117 331 4291

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