Paul Harris


Academic Studies - Principles of Education

Lecturer on pedagogy

After studies at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London, Paul has now established an international reputation as one of the UK’s leading educationalists. He studied the clarinet with Professor John Davies, composition with Timothy Baxter and conducting with Maurice Miles. He then went on to study music education at the University of London where he was a pupil of Professor Keith Swanwick. He now has over 600 publications to his name mostly dealing with a vast array of subjects concerning music education. His Music Teacher’s Companion (co-written with Richard Crozier), won the UK’s MIA Best New Book award. He has also written many works ranging from short education pieces to seven concertos, a ballet and a children’s opera.

He writes regularly for many of the major international music magazines, including Music Teacher, BBC Music Magazine, the ABRSM’s Libretto, and the American ICA journal, and is in great demand as a workshop and seminar leader and adjudicator in the UK, the USA and the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Paul has also undertaken research into specialist music education for the highly talented (the clarinet prodigy Julian Bliss is among his pupils), an interest that has taken him to many musical institutions around the world.

He has presented a paper on teaching gifted young musicians at a convention at the University of Oklahoma. He is an examiner and adjudicator and is frequently asked to take part in national events including the Chamber Music for Schools Competition, Music for Youth, the BBC Young Musician of the Year and he is a regular judge for Classic FM’s teacher of the year. He has also co-authored (with Anthony Meredith) major new biographies of Sir Malcolm Arnold, (Malcolm Arnold: Rogue Genius), Malcolm Williamson, (Malcolm Williamson: Mischievous Muse) and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

In 2006 Paul’s commitment to the music of Arnold led to the establishing of an annual Malcolm Arnold Festival in the composer’s hometown of Northampton. Under his directorship, this exciting festival explores and celebrates, through a packed weekend of concerts, lectures and films, the music of one of the great British composers of our age. Paul has recently been appointed visiting professor at the Odense Conservatoire in Denmark.

Staff Finder