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Chris Philpott

Chris Philpott BEd, MA Music Education

Chris Philpott

Chris Philpott
BEd, MA Music Education

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Faculty of Education & Health

Christopher Philpott is Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Education & Health at the University of Greenwich.

A former Music teacher, Chris Philpott started his musical career as a cornet player in the Betteshanger Colliery Brass Band (near Deal, Kent).

He studied BEd Hons Music Education at Middlesex Polytechnic and an MA Music & Arts Education at the University of London.

He went on to teach and manage music and performing arts in secondary schools. After 16 years in the classroom he moved into Initial Teacher Education (ITE), working as a lecturer in Music Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and Programme Director of Secondary PGCE, and Key Stage 2/3 PGCE. 

Chris joined the University of Greenwich in 2004 as Head of the Department of Secondary Education, where he pioneered an innovative music programme in collaboration with Trinity College of Music. He became Dean of the School of Education and Reader in Music Education.

His current role as Pro-Vice Chancellor is alongside Lead for ITE and responsibility as Director of Student Experience.


Posts held previously:

  • 2009-13, Dean of the School of Education and Reader in Music Education, University of Greenwich
  • 2004- 09, Head of Department of Secondary Education, University of Greenwich
  • 1995-2004 Principal Lecturer in Music Education and Programme Director on PGCE, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Education & Health
  • Lead for ITE, Faculty of Education & Health
  • Director of Student Experience, Faculty of Education & Health

External Examiner: 

  • 2011-present, 7-14 PGCE Canterbury Christ Church University

Other roles:

  • 2015- present, Music Excellence London steering group 
  • 2015- present, Mayor of London Music Education Task Force 
  • 2014- present, Royal Greenwich Music Hub governance board 
  • 2014- present, Society for Education Studies trustee 
  • 2014- present, Editorial Board of the British Journal for Educational Studies 
  • 2014- present, Royal Greenwich UTC governor, safeguarding link and chair of Achievement and Inclusion Committee 
  • 2013- present, Trustee Dartford Technology and Science College 
  • 2012- present, Trustee Northfleet School for Girls 
  • 2012- present, Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance Executive 
  • 2011-present, Chair of London Providers (of ITE) Deans and Heads Group 
  • 2011-present, Trustee John Roan Foundation School 
  • 2009-present, UCET Management Forum 
  • 2009-present, South Eastern Leadership Trust (SELT) trustee 
  • Reviewer for British Journal of Music Education, Cambridge University Press
  • Reviewer for Music Education Research, Routledge

Consultancies:

  • 2007-09, National Association of Music Educators (NAME) Leading the development of the Music Subject Resource Network for NAME/TDA
  • 2007-08, Training and Development Agency (TDA), External consultant for the RNCM – Manchester Metropolitan University, BMus with QTS
  • 2006-07, National Primary CPD for instrumental/vocal tuition consultancy and writing materials for Trinity – Guildhall, Open University, DfES
  • 2005-09, Institute of Education, University of London, External Consultant for the Graduate Teacher Programme
  • 2001-02, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) – Placing the programmes of Music Conservatoires in the National Qualifications Framework

The nature of musical knowledge; the role of the body in musical learning and literacy; the pedagogy of ITE.

Books:

Cooke, C., Evans, K., Philpott, C. and Spruce, G. (2016). Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School. 3rd ed. Routledge.

Philpott, C. and Spruce, G. (2012). Debates in Music Education. Routledge.

Evans, J. and Philpott, C. (2009). A Practical Guide to Teaching Music. Routledge.

Philpott, C. (2001), Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School: a companion to school experience. Routledge.

Philpott, C. and Plummeridge, C. (2001). Issues in Teaching Music. Routledge.

Chapters:

Philpott, C. (2016). Music and the Arts in Education. In: C. Cooke, K. Evans, C. Philpott, and G. Spruce, eds., Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School, Third Edition. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. with Evans, K. (2016). Assessment and Music Education. In: C. Cooke, K. Evans, C. Philpott, and G. Spruce, eds., Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School, Third Edition. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. with Evans, K. (2016). Creativity and Music Education. In: C. Cooke, K. Evans, C. Philpott, and G. Spruce, eds., Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School, Third Edition. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. (2016). Music learning and musical development. In: C. Cooke, K. Evans, C. Philpott, and G. Spruce, eds., Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School, Third Edition. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. with Kubilius, J. (2015). Social justice in the English Secondary Music Classroom. In: C. Benedict, P. Schmidt, G. Spruce, and P. Woodford, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education. OUP.

Philpott, C. (2015). Musical Literacy. In: G. Macpherson, ed., The Child as Musician: A handbook of Musical Development. OUP.

Philpott, C. (2012). Assessment for self-directed learning. In: C. Philpott, and G. Spruce, eds., Debates in Music Education. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. (2012). The justification for music in the curriculum. In: C. Philpott, and G. Spruce, eds., Debates in Music Education. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. and Wright, R. (2012). Music learning and teaching during adolescence: ages 12-18. Teaching, learning and curriculum content. In: G, McPherson, and G. Welch, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education. OUP.

Philpott, C. (2010). The sociological critique of curriculum music in England. Is radical change really possible? In: R. Wright, ed., The Sociology of Music Education. Ashgate.

Philpott, C. (2010). Assessing, Evaluating and Reflecting. In: J. Evans, N. Beach, and G. Spruce, eds., Making Music Together. London: Routledge Falmer.

Philpott, C. (2009). Swanwick, musical development and assessment for learning in the 21st century. In: H. Coll, and A. Lamont, eds., Sound Progress: Exploring musical development, NAME.

Philpott, C. (2007). Musical learning. In: C. Philpott and G. Spruce eds., Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School, Second Edition. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. (2001). Equality of Opportunity and Instrumental Tuition. In: C. Philpott, and C. Plummeridge, (eds.) Issues in Music Teaching. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. (2001). The Body and Musical Literacy. In: C. Philpott, and C. Plummeridge, eds., Issues in Music Teaching. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. (2001). Is Music a Language? In: C. Philpott, and C. Plummeridge, eds., Issues in Music Teaching. London: Routledge.

Philpott, C. (1998). Music. In: P. Poole, ed.,Talking About Information and Communication Technology in Subject Teaching, Canterbury Christ Church University College.

Philpott, C. (1996). Learning From the Arts. In: D. Hayes, ed., Debating Education, Canterbury Christ Church College.

Journal articles:

Philpott, C. (2014). A pedagogy for teacher education in England. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, Vol 6, No 3, Special Issue 2, TEAN.

Finney, J. and Philpott, C. (2010). Informal Learning and Meta-Pedagogy in Initial Teacher Education in England. British Journal of Music Education, 27,1 CUP.

Philpott, C. (2004). La Justificacion de la musica en el curriculo: la musica puede ser mala para usted. Euphonia: La musica educa, 30, 1. Grao.

Field, C. and Philpott, C. (2000). The Impact of Hosting Student Teachers on School Improvement. Journal of In-Service Education, No.26.

Field, C. and Philpott, C. (1998). The Role of the HEI Tutor in Initial Teacher Education. Mentoring and Tutoring, Trentham Publications.

Other articles:

Field, C. and Philpott, C. (2001) Mentoring in schools: from support to development. In: A. Edwards, ed., Supporting personal Advisors in Connexions: perspectives on supervision and mentoring form allied professions, CCCUC

Philpott, C. with Evans, K., Palmer, T. and Spain, A. (2007) PGCE Musicians in Education: Philosophy and Practice. The National Association of Music Educators, Magazine, Issue 21.

Materials:

Philpott, C. (1999). Music Kit. [Internet materials for ICT training] Pearson Publishing.

Philpott, C. (2005). The role of the form tutor and pastoral care and PSHE. [Materials to support the delivery of professional studies in secondary schools and colleges] London Providers of ITE.

Philpott, C. (2007). What is Musical Learning. [On-line module for National Primary CPD for instrumental / vocal tuition] Trinity – Guildhall, Open University, DCFS.

Philpott, C. (2009). A critical review of the 'Behaviour4Learning' website from a musical perspective. [Subject Resource Network] NAME/TDA.

Philpott, C. (2009) Considering making more of music: An evaluation of music in schools 2005/08, [resource for teacher educators in music] Subject Resource Network, NAME/TDA.

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Philpott, C. and Spruce, G. (2015). What is a socially just approach to music education? In: El Sistema and the Alternatives: Social Action through Music in Critical Perspective. Senate House, University of London.

Finney, J. and Philpott, C. (2013). Professional Journeys of Music Teachers – changing and becoming. In: The Eighth International Research in Music Education Conference. University of Exeter.

Horsley, S., Kertz-Welzel, K., Martinec, J., Philpott, C., K Woodford, P., Wright, R. and Vakeva, L. (2013). Symposium Border Crossings: Toward a Macro-Political and Economic Understanding of Music Education History Since 1900. In: The Eighth International Research in Music Education Conference. University of Exeter.

Philpott, C. (2012). Symposium Convener and presenter 'Pedagogies for teacher education'. In: At the Crossroads: New Directions for Teacher Education. Canterbury Christ Church University.

Finney, J. and Philpott, C. (2011). Radical change in music education and the professional development of music teachers. In: The Seventh International Research in Music Education Conference. University of Exeter.

Philpott, C. (2009). Teacher education and informal learning. In: The Reflective Conservatoire. London Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Philpott, C. (2007). Exploring new ways for initial teacher education in music. In: The Fifth International Research in Music Education Conference. University of Exeter.

Philpott, C. (2005). Revisiting the old 'new' sociology of education. In: The Fourth International Research in Music Education Conference. University of Exeter.

Philpott, C. (2003). The Justification for music in the curriculum: Music can be bad for you. In: The Third International Research in Music Education Conference. University of Exeter

Hoult, E., Katene, W., Philpott, C., Sears, J. and Sorensen, P. (2002). Peer Learning in Initial Teacher Education: The Use of Subject Pairing in School Experience Placements as a Strategy for Professional Learning. In: BERA Symposium.

Philpott, C. (2001). Music as a Language: metaphor, education and the bodily basis of meaning. In: The Second International Research in Music Education Conference. University of Exeter.

Field, C. and Philpott, C. (1999). Hosting Student Teachers and School Improvement. In: The International Society for Teacher Education (annual conference). The University of Kent.

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