Rosario Mawby

Rosario Mawby, ICMP’s Deputy Programme Leader for the BMus Popular Music Performance, has taken part in this year's UK & Ireland IASPM Conference, London Calling.

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) is the leading global network of practitioners and scholars whose research focuses on popular music. Due to the COVID-19 breakout, The UK and Ireland IASPM conference was transformed into an online experience spread across 10 weeks. London Calling, the 15th UK & Ireland IASPM Conference, started on the 19th of May 2020. Each week, the focus has been on a different theme, with at least one dedicated panel and a series of papers.

ICMP’s Deputy Programme Leader for our  BMus Popular Music Performance programme, Rosario Mawby, was invited by the organisers to give a presentation on her research exploring how we might improve teaching practice with vocal students in higher education, in order to facilitate deep learning as an optimal state for student success. In her work, Rosario utilised educational theory applied to her own professional teaching experience to understand barriers to successful vocal development and pedagogic changes that could be made to support students on their learning journey.

Professor Louise Jackson, ICMP's Associate Dean (Academic Development), commented:

It is really important that ICMP faculty members are presenting at events such as London Calling, sharing their expertise. We are proud to have a wealth of knowledge and experience in popular music education that is recognised as being relevant to the development of the sector. It also demonstrates our commitment to building curriculum and learning experiences informed by the latest scholarship and research."

As outlined in ICMP's Research, Scholarship, and Professional Practice Strategy (2019-22), our institution is committed to supporting individuals who may be new to research and scholarship activity by providing mentoring and assisting as they engage in presenting and publishing for the first time. 

Rosario commented:

"Having recently finished my second Masters, it was important to me to disseminate some of my research through a public output. Presenting a paper at IASPM's first online conference was an exciting experience."

She added: "Proposals for this year’s IASPM annual conference ‘London Calling’ looked for research within the field of Pedagogies of Popular Music Practice among other areas of focus. The conference appealed to my main area of research which looks at the Issues and Challenges in the Assessment of Popular Music Performance within the UK HE Music Sector.

The area explores in more detail the learner typologies in vocal pedagogy within a HE environment. Vocal pedagogy predominantly focuses on the technical aspect and the production of vocal qualities whereas this research looks to outline the potential learning types and how best to support and nurture the student in an educational environment."

Rosario will also be attending the forthcoming British Voice Association Conference, another leading organisation, with ICMP’s Teaching Fellow in Vocal Studies, Lucinda Allen.

Find out more about London Calling, the 15th UK & Ireland IASPM Conference.

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