Professor Tony Harris

ICMP Director and Dean, Dr. Tony Harris, is the second member of faculty awarded with Professorship.

Shortly after his recent recognition as Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) , Dr. Tony Harris, the Dean of ICMP, has been awarded the title of Professor.

The title of professor is awarded to academics who are recognised scholars in their field, with a record of high-quality research and dissemination. ICMP Professors are required to meet an extensive set of criteria relating to academic standing, research projects and funding, publications, international recognition, and impact on practice. ICMP is proud to now have two professors on our faculty, a testament to our scholarly community, and helping to further establish our position in the university sector.

The professorship comes due to Tony's contribution to music education, most notably through his extensive research on the composer Cornelius Cardew and his influence on music in education, society and politics. Tony completed his Ph.D. on Cornelius Cardew at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2011. The resulting book, The Legacy of Cornelius Cardew, published in 2013, has quickly become a seminal text on the composer, and includes concepts and ideas that have been adopted by many music educators across the world. The book is available for loan from the ICMP library.

Other publications include five composition text-books for schools and a research project exploring music and children with special educational needs.

Tony Harris also founded the first music teaching training programme at Nottingham Trent University in 2005, and led it for over 10 years, with significant impact on the quality of music in schools across the East Midlands. Furthermore, he has worked extensively in orchestral education programmes, including projects with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC

He joined ICMP as Dean of Academic Studies in 2016, building on its previous successes, putting a new academic strategy in place, strengthening the academic team, and preparing the Institute for its application to award our own degrees. 

We would like to congratulate Dr. Harris on his recent achievement, which further strengthens ICMP’s position as leaders in music education.

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