Before moving into the field of teacher education, I was a teacher and head of music in five secondary schools and also had extensive experience as an instrumental teacher of violin and piano. I was a tutor on the Open University's PGCE Music course before I began working in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003. I have led the 11-18 and 7-14 PGCE Music courses. I am currently involved in partnership working, both as a Secondary Area Lead and as an Alliance Lead Tutor.
Research and knowledge exchange
I am particularly interested in exploring the similarities and differences between curriculum and instrumental teaching and learning. I was invited to be a member of the national working party for A Common Approach 2002: An instrumental / vocal curriculum. I have carried out knowledge exchange and consultancy work with a number of music education hubs. Since its formation in 2012, I worked with Soundhub, Kent's music education hub, leading on Continuing Professional Development for music educators of all kinds and also on quality assurance. I also worked with the music education hubs in Essex, Southend and Thurrock to devise a new cross-hub mentoring process and to develop reflective practice by their mentors and teachers. That project was carried out in collaboration with Trinity College London, an organisation with which I have previously collaborated, devising resources for the KS2 CPD for those carrying out whole class instrumental and vocal teaching.
Teaching and subject expertise
My main interest is music education. I have been the chair of the Higher Education / Initial Teacher Education Focus Group of the National Association of Music Educators. I have been a reviewer for the British Journal of Music Education. I have been an external examiner at the University of Sussex and Cardiff Metropolitan University and am currently an external examiner at Bath Spa University.
I regularly present at conferences, primarily for music education hubs. I have also produced materials to support the work of the hubs, such as a set of 5 modules entitled Assessing Musical Learning and Progression at KS3 for Soundhub Kent, which formed the basis for sustained CPD for secondary music teachers in 2014-15.
I was invited to be a member of the working group for the Certificate for Music Educators.
Publications and research outputs
Evans, J. and Philpott, C. (eds.) (2009) A Practical Guide to Teaching Music in the Secondary School, London: Routledge
Beach, N., Evans, J. and Spruce, G. (eds.) (2011) Making Music in the Primary School: Whole class instrumental and vocal teaching, London: Routledge