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Prof Lucy Green
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Emeritus Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Lucy is Emerita Professor of Music Education at the UCL Institute of Education, London UK. She is internationally known for her work in music education, particularly in relation to new pedagogies, popular music, gender, ideology and the sociology of music education. 

Currently she is beginning a new project concerning self-accompanied classical singing. The research is in its very early stages but as part of the process she has made two self-accompanied CDs: Dowland Songs From a Jacobean Parlour, and Italian Arias of the 17th and 18th Centuries, Re-imagined (lucygreen.hearnow.com).

Her main authored books are: Music on Deaf Ears: Musical Meaning, Ideology and Education (1988/2nd edition 2008); Music, Gender, Education (1997); How Popular Musicians Learn: A Way Ahead for Music Education (2001/paperback 2002); and Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy (2008). 

Her edited books are: Learning, Teaching and Musical Identities: Voices Across Cultures (2011) and Music Education as Critical Theory and Practice: Selected Essays (2014). 

Her teachers’ handbook, Hear, Listen, Play! How to Free Your Students' Aural, Improvisation and Performance Skills (2014) is a practical guide for teachers, bringing together work in classrooms, extra-curricular groups and instrumental tuition. 

Her last book was co-authored with Dr David Baker and is called Insights in Sound: Visually Impaired Musicians’ Lives and Learning (2017). 

Many of her books and articles have been translated into a range of languages including Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.  She has presented keynotes at international conferences and seminars in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas, and she serves on the Editorial Boards and Advisory Boards of numerous journals and academic book publishers. 

Lucy has been Principle Investigator and/or Mentor on a number of funded, and unfunded projects. She developed and led the research project “Informal Learning in the Music Classroom” within the British movement “Musical Futures”, www.musicalfutures.org and this work is now being implemented in countries across the world - www.musicalfuturesinternational.org/. 

She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hedmark, Norway, for services to music education. 

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After 5 years' piano teaching to support her post-graduate studies at the University of Sussex, Lucy taught music for 6 years in a sixth-form college and two schools. She became Head of Music at St. Dunstan's School, London (now closed) before taking up a post at the UCL Institute of Education (then the London University Institute of Education) in 1990. At the IoE over more than a quarter of a century she taught across the board, from in-service teacher-education, to the B.Ed and Diploma in Music Education, Primary and Secondary Music PGCE, and the Masters in Music Education. She was Course Leader of the latter for many years. Almost all her 35 PhD students were sole-supervised, and she is delighted to remain in touch with a number of them. 

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