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Dr Jo Saunders
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer in Music Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
I read Music and Education Studies at Cambridge and was awarded a first class honours degree. I completed a PGCE whilst at Cambridge specialising in 20th century composition techniques and the co-teaching of music and citizenship. I was awarded a studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council to complete an MPhil in Educational Research and my doctoral study that explored the relationship between classroom experiences and the development of musical identities in adolescence. I moved from the University of Cambridge to UCL Institute of Education so as to complete my doctoral study with Professor Graham Welch.
Research Summary
Research interests remain around three key areas: i) musical development (including singing development) in relation to classroom pedagogy and other than classroom-based musical contexts; ii) the development of the teacher identity in music education; and iii) the co-teaching and learning of music and mathematics. 

The key foci for my research publications are i) singing development and the research evaluations connected to the National Singing Programme with colleagues from UCL Institute of Education; ii) the wider benefits of singing and musical engagement (in terms of aspects of literacy in particular); iii) the wider social and emotional benefits of musical engagement for young people; and iv) the co-teaching and learning of music and mathematics. 

Teaching Summary

Following the completion of my doctoral study I became a coordinating researcher (iMerc) for the National Singing Programme at UCL IoE and began to lecture for the MA in Music Education. Since 2007, I have continued to teach on the MA Music Education, am currently module leader for the Philosophy of Music Education module, have worked as module leader for the Sociology of Music Education Module and Critical Studies in Music Education Module. I guest lecture on the Psychology of Education Module (Adolescence and Adolescents). In addition, I act as report and dissertation supervisor for MA students and doctoral supervisor to a number of music specialists.

I also work with student teachers on the Primary PGCE provision as a music tutor for the Foundation Subjects and as music lead for the Specialism module. In addition, I work with student teachers on the Secondary PGCE provision to support academic writing and lecture on Adolescence, adolescents and music, the Social-Cultural Context of Music Education and Vocal Pedagogy. I have delivered a cohort wide lecture on Adolescence for the Secondary PGCE for the last two years. 

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