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Area of academic expertise - outline
Music Health and Well Being
Is a professional musician of 35 years experience specialising in Songwriting and keyboard performance. Original member of UK band 'Deacon Blue', writer of 'Fergus Sings the Blues' 'Loaded' 'Queen of the New Year' and 9 studio albums. Previous to Deacon Blue worked and recorded with Johnny Hallyday, John Martyn (4 years) , Altered Images, Little Richard, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton. Began as Musical Director of Cumbernauld theatre. Holds two lifetime acheivement awards " Tartan Clefs' awarded by Nordoff Robbins music therapy.
Grace Notes: A UWS Interprofessional Learning Experience
in collaboration with the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice
Grace Notes project is an interdisciplinary learning project bringing 18 students from adult and mental health nursing, Masters Songwriting and Commercial Music together with people with dementia. The students pool their expertise and creative skills to capture stories of individuals whose voice may become lost to others and to turn these stories into songs. In this way students learn from each other and directly from people with dementia. Importantly the outputs of their collective creative and scholary talents shared as part of Dementia Awareness Week, will contribute to dementia awareness raising.
Current research activities
C.H.E.M (Feb 2017 to present) A VP Funded research project
a multi-disciplinary research team comprising contributions from the Schools of Education; Health, Nursing and Midwifery; and Media, Culture and Society.
Brighter Star- The role of music in family bonding, learning and development through the oral tradition of music
- Community-based creative arts practice which focuses on song-writing to develop family learning.
the objectives of the research project in summary are:
- to explore the key drivers that underpin the existing knowledge on effective family learning processes.
- to map the core competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes) that are common to an effective family learning workforce
- to develop a toolkit which provides smart and efficient ways of information-sharing and partnership between stakeholder groups within a family learning workforce.
Desired research direction
Brighter Star : To develop an umbrella foundation for projects involving music health and well being. A collective of 'off the shelf' projects and teaching materials that encourage exploration of the power that music has as a therapy.
This would eventually be made available to a variety of institutions
To allow music graduates to develop employability skills in the area of Music AS Therapy as distinct from Music therapy.
Working collaboratively across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines: Childhood Studies, Social Care, Mental Health, Nursing, Education and encouraging knowledge transfer
Beech,N, Gilmore C (2015) Organising Music: Theory, Practice, Performance Rock music on the big stage pp368 Cambridge University Press
- M Music
Co-creating with cacophonies of childhood: an alternative 'listening to families approach' with childhood studies and songwriting studentsPrime, J., Leslie, J., Johnson, D. & Allan, N., 22 Nov 2017.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
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