School of Arts and Media
Senior lecturer in musicology
Born and educated in Texas, I studied music, English, and linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin and North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) in Denton. I have worked variously as a rock musician, as a concert piano tuner for Steinway and Sons, and as an academic (in the USA, the People’s Republic of China, and the UK). My PhD is from the University of Liverpool for a thesis on the semiotics of yodelling in popular music.
Areas of research
Musicology, Music history, Ideology, Semiotics
At the undergraduate level, I teach Style & Genre, Interpreting Popular Music, Music & Society, and Advanced Musicology. I also supervise level 6 dissertations. At the postgraduate level, I supervise research leading to the MPhil and the PhD.
Music history, music semiotics, music and ideology, music and discourse.
- BA (English and Music)
- MA English literature,
- MA English language and Linguistics,
- HND Musical Instrument Technology (Piano)
- MA Popular Music Studies, PhD Music
- Member of International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
- Member of Network for the Inclusion of Music in Music Studies (NIMiMS)