SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Michael Davidson

  • Teaching
  • Research


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Michael Davidson
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Thesis title:
Growing Through Music: Developing Teaching For Personal and Social Outcomes within Instrumental Music Teaching in UK
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Michael recently completed the MA Music in Development at SOAS. His PhD research focuses on barriers and enablers to embedding musical inclusion practice within the core activities of Music Education Hubs.

Michael has worked for Hertfordshire Music Service for 30 years, also playing and delivering workshops at community festivals. After beginning teaching classical guitar, he has led the development of musical inclusion projects, many of which develop dialogue between formal and community music pedagogy. His role combines writing funding bids, recruiting and training music tutors, and research, development and evaluation of instrumental music teaching models. Michael was part of the Musical Futures pathfinder in Hertfordshire and is currently co-leading the research and development of MusicNet East, ( a strategic partnership of Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire Music Education Hubs and Youth Music. Running from 2015-18, the project seeks to develop ways for music service instrumental music tutors to teach music for personal and social outcomes. For this project he’s developing a community music workshop that uses informal music pedagogy to teach classical guitar technique and to build community.

Some workshop recordings can be heard at

Selected projects developed for Hertfordshire Music Service:




  • July 21st ‘Who Wants to learn the Ukulele Anyway?’ Workshop for Music Education and Social Inclusion Conference, SOAS, London
  • July 19th ‘‘Revising John Blacking as a Framework for Teaching Instrumental Music in Schools in England’ Spoken Paper, ICTM World Conference, Limerick, Eire
  • June 13th, 'MusicNet East: Developing Instrumental Music Teaching For Personal and Social Outcomes', spoken paper, International Symposium for Sociology in Music Education. The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London
  • May 8th, 'How African Social Aesthetics can benefit pupils at risk of exclusion in schools in UK', Spoken Paper, AfNEt Conference, SOAS, London UK
  • January 7th ‘Who wants the play the Ukulele anyway?’ / Revising Blacking for Ukuleles, Spoken Paper/Workshop: University of Canterbury Christchurch. Kent, UK


  • November 14th, 'MusicNet-East: Developing personal and social outcomes within an instrumental teaching workforce', Spoken Paper, Community Music Student Research Symposium, International Centre for Community Music , University of York St John, York, UK
  • October 19-21, Ukulele Hockets, Workshop, Arts Without Borders, University of Helsinki, Finland, biography


  • Hertfordshire Music Service
  • ICTM
  • Sound Sense
  • BFE


  • Instrumental music teaching, workshop leadership and running CPD for Hertfordshire Music Service


  • Musical Citizenship
  • Practice as research
  • Informal Learning
  • Interdisciplinary Dialogue