Staff Profile:Dr Rebecca Berkley

Dr Rebecca Berkley
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Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Lecturer in Music Education
  • BA in Primary Education (QTS) with Music Specialism Subject Convenor
  • MA in Education Deputy Director
  • Music Education Pathway convenor, MA in Education

University Responsibilities:

  • Rebecca is a member of the University Senate
  • Artistic Director Universal Voices, a community choir for children aged 7-12 at the University of Reading. Find out more from  
Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

            • Rebecca’s work focuses on the importance of musical literacy in creative classroom practice and musical cognition and the development of musical knowledge in music teachers and students. She focuses on reflection on professional practice and leadership training for musicians working in education, with a particular emphasis on developing confidence as a leader in the classroom.
            • Rebecca is an experienced choral director with a wide ranging professional practice including conducing children’s, youth and adult choirs, music theatre and operatic repertoire. She has research interests in choral conducting, choral education and conducting training, and extensive experience working as a mentor to colleagues at all levels of their professional development.
            • Rebecca teaches musicianship from Foundation to Advanced levels, both in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the University of Reading and as a consultant. She is in particular demand teaching musicianship to community choirs. Her work focuses on the significance of developing fluent musical literacies in all individuals to support inclusive practice in formal and informal music education. She is the director of the Sing for Pleasure Musicianship for Singers programme
            • Rebecca leads on developing Academic Literacies for postgraduate students, focusing on practical tools and resources for PGCE and Masters students to use to enhance their study skills, their critical reflection and research skills. Current and Recent PhD Students, with Topics/Titles of their research: Understanding and supporting the landscape of social connectedness in undergraduates in a UK business school (co-supervisor). Multicultural group work: attitudes, behaviours and professional practice (co-supervisor).
                Current and Recent PhD Students, with Topics/Titles of their research:
                    • Amy Nokes Evaluating the impact of a skills-based intervention on the readiness of general class teachers in a special school to use and teach music (with Professor Cathy Tissot)
                    • (Name redacted) The impact of performance accountability and marketization on secondary school leaders in the independent sector (co-supervisor with Professor Karen Jones)


          • Georgina Kilner Understanding and supporting the landscape of social connectedness in undergraduates in a UK business school, completed 2018 (co-supervisor with Professor Helen Bilton).
            Current and Recent Professional Activity:
  • Rebecca is developing digital and text resources to support Musicianship training in choral singers and for choral educators to integrate into their rehearsals and programmes.
  • Rebecca leads a team of students on the BA in Primary Education (Music Specialism) to deliver the Institute of Education Partnership Concert annually. The 2020 Concert, Under the Sea is funded by the University of Reading Endowment Fund to support outreach into our local school communities.

Previous Institute of Education Partnership Concerts:

- 2017 Songs and Stories

- 2018 Benjamin Britten: Noye’s Fludde

- 2019 Animal Crackers, with the University of Reading Big Band

Recent and Forthcoming Conference Presentations:

  • July 2018 Universal Voices: Creating a Children’s Choir with Undergraduates, Advance HE conference
  • May 2019 The Virtuoso Music Teacher; and Musical Learning through Play: KS1 classroom pedagogy, Music Teachers Association Conference
  • March 2020 Lifelong career development for music teachers, from ITT to doctoral study, Music Education Expo
  • May 2020 Keynote speech: Classroom Musicianship: Facilitating Leadership Skills in Trainee Music Teachers, Institute of Musical Research Study Day
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