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Tim Palmer

Head of Music Education


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
London SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Area of Work

Music Education
Tim Palmer


Tim Palmer studied at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Cambridge University and the Guidhall School of Music and Drama. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Head of Music Education at Trinity Laban, where he leads teaching and research into the role of the musician in education settings, and into creative teaching in music in Higher Education. His work crosses traditional boundaries between classroom teaching, instrumental/vocal teaching and workshop leading.


Qualifications/ Educational Background

MA (Cantab); PGCert TLHE

Creative Outputs

Palmer, Tim. 2013. “Assessing Leadership Skills in the Conservatoire.” In Developing the Musician, edited by Mary Stakelum, 265–90. Farnham: Ashgate.

Palmer, Tim. 2016. “Deconstructing and Re-Imagining Repertoire in Music Teacher Training.” In Creative Teaching for Creative Learning in Higher Music Education, edited by Pamela Burnard and Elizabeth Haddon, 132–49. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Palmer, Tim, Gary Spruce, and Julie Evans. 2011. “Collaborative Music Teaching and Learning with Partners Beyond the School.” In Making Music in the Primary School : Whole Class Instrumental and Vocal Teaching, edited by Nick. Beach, Julie Evans, and Gary. Spruce, 120–28. Routledge.

Academic Conference Presentations

Harris, Robin, Tim Palmer, and Ian Whiteside. 2017. “Rehabilitation Reimagined: Creating Music Through Collaboration.” In ICPA: Innovation in Rehabilitation: Building Better Futures. London.

Palmer, Tim. 2011. “Assessing Leadership Skills in the Conservatoire.” In SEMPRE Developing the Musician. University of Reading.

———. 2013. “Teaching and Assessing Leadership Skills in the Conservatoire.” In Higher Education Academy: Embedding Employability into the Music HE Curriculum. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

———. 2017. “Provocation: Everything That I Do, I Stole.” In “Where Do We Go From Here?” Discussing the Training and Development of Artists Working in Participatory Settings. ArtWorks Alliance; Barbican Centre, London.

Palmer, Tim, and Philippa Bunting. 2015. “Artist – Teacher Identities: An Overview of Issues in Conservatoire Partnership Secondary Music PGCE Programmes.” In The Reflective Conservatoire, GSMD

Palmer, Tim, and Robin Harris. 2018. “Citizens in Prison: Findings from a Student-Prisoner Composition Project.” In The Reflective Conservatoire,GSMD

Palmer, Tim, and Abigail Longden. 2013. “Deconstructing and Re-Imagining Repertoire in Music Teacher Training.” In HEA Creative Teaching for Creative Learning in Higher Music Education. York University.

Palmer, Tim, and Jennifer Raven. 2009. “Rock Music Rock Art: Learning from a Cross-Cultural Project in a Conservatoire Setting.” In Palatine: Collaborative Processes in Music Making: Pedagogy and Practice. University of Surrey.

External Appointments

Associate Lecturer, University of Kent (2013-14)

Guest Lecturer: UCL Institute of Education (2016-)

External Examiner: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2019-)

External Programme Reviewer: RCS, RAM, BIMM, Colchester Institute.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


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