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Mark Aitchison

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  • Subject Leader in Secondary Music ITT
  • Programme Director of PGCE (Reflective Practice) and iPGCE
  • MA research supervisor
  • Module leader on BA Ed Music Specialism

Areas of interest

Expertise and Research Interest

  • How adolescents develop a musician identity
  • Pedagogical approaches to music education
  • Assessment in music
  • Use of technology for inclusivity in the classroom

Postgraduate supervision

Masters Level Supervision offered in these areas

  • Learner and Teacher identity
  • Pedagogical approaches

Research projects

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • How music teachers have used the experience of the Pandemic to innovate in the classroom


Mark Aitchison currently works as a Lecturer for Music Education at UoR alongside being a classroom teacher in a High School in the West Midlands. He has taught music for over 23 years across the Primary, Secondary and Music Hub sectors.

Academic qualifications

  • University of Reading, MA (Music Pathway), 2021
  • Trinity College London, ATCL, 2012
  • University of Wales, Institute Cardiff PGCE, 2000
  • University of Wales, College Cardiff BMus, 1999

Awards and honours

  • FHEA

Selected publications

Conference Presentations

Aitchison, M (2022). Building Musician Identity in Y8 students in England. European Association for Music in Schools Conference, Belgrade University, 18-21 May


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