In a first for the Institute and its students, a dissertation written by an undergraduate is to be published in the British Journal of Music Education.
As part of her coursework on the BMus Popular Music Performance course, drummer Adele Teague put together a dissertation on the topic of musicians and work-life balance. With help from Dr Gareth Dylan Smith, who helped to develop and eventually co-author the paper, the dissertation was accepted for publication by the BJME. This is a brilliant achievement for Adele, who graduated from the BMus in 2014, and the first time an undergraduate dissertation from the Institute has been accepted in a peer-reviewed journal.
The full title of the paper is “Portfolio careers and work-life balance among musicians: An initial study into implications for higher music education”, and the rarity with which undergraduates get their work published is a testament to the high quality of the work. Featuring commentary from several of the Institute’s tutors, the paper can be found online here.