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School of Arts and Media

Tim France

Lecturer in Popular Music Performance


Tim has been a professional musician and educator for over 20 years. He has played and toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe appearing on albums, live broadcasts and film. Notable highlights include Bryan Ferry, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with Ricardo Afonso, jazz singer Todd Gordon, Julian Arguelles, Arild Andersen and the film “RKO-281” starring John Malkovich, Melanie Griffith and Liev Schreiber.


Tim teaches music theory and ear training skills to all first year students that involves a large amount of music analyses and listening; this enables students to recognise western harmony techniques in all genres from Bach to the Beatles. He also teaches popular musicology to all Foundation Year students. Tim has also taught composition, performance and improvisation at HE level. He recently spent a week teaching and delivering masterclasses to music students at Middle Tennessee State University, one of the University of Salfords’ esteemed partners. Tim is the Woodwind Director for the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra and is the Director for the University of Salfords Big Band.

Research Interests

Tim’s research is through practice and the developments of the genre ‘Third Stream’-a musical genre that is a synthesis of Classical music and Jazz. He has recorded 3 albums of late that bring together the structure and harmony of Classical music fused with the spontaneity and an extrovertism of the Avant-Garde. 

Qualifications and Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Greater Manchester Music Hub