Monica Esslin-Peard

My PhD focuses on how undergraduate popular and classical musicians mature during their three years of study. It draws on data from the annual assessed reflective essay which students write in combination with their end of year gig or recital.

Findings so far indicate that students are encouraged to ask questions about how they are practicing, either as individuals, or in groups, and this reflection may accelerate their learning. I have an BA and MA from the University of Oxford, an MA in Music Education from the UCL Institute of Education in London and a mPGCE in Secondary Music. I combine my full time job as a Head of Music in London with PhD research and regular presentations at Music Education conferences in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Norway.

I have been published in the UK and Germany and act as a a peer reviewer for Sage Publications. I am an active musician, playing the cello with orchestras and opera companies, and conduct youth choirs.