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

Email: t.palmer@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Tim Palmer


Tim Palmer studied at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Cambridge University and the GSMD. He is the 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.

Tim is active as an animateur and music education consultant, and has devised and led education projects for many major arts organisations. He was Musician in Residence at the National Maritime Museum for two years, and has a particular interest in collaborative composition across boundaries of culture, genre and ability. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Tim also maintains a performing career as an orchestral percussionist/timpanist, and has been guest principal of, amongst others, the BBCSO, the RSNO and the London Sinfonietta, appearing with the latter as a soloist on a number of occasions. He is a member of the ground-breaking New Music Players, and specialises in both contemporary music and period instruments. 

Qualifications/ Educational Background

MA (Cantab); PGDip Orchestral Training; PGCert TLHE

Creative Outputs

Palmer, Tim, Julie Evans and Gary Spruce. “Collaborative music teaching and learning with partners beyond the school”. In Making Music in the Primary School: whole-class instrumental and vocal teaching, by Nick Beach, Julie Evans and Gary Spruce, 120-128. Abingdon: Routledge, 2011

Palmer, Tim. “Assessing Leadership Skills in the Conservatoire.” In Developing the Musician: contemporary perspectives on teaching and learning, by Mary Stakelum, 265-290. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013

Palatine ‘Collaborative Composition’ conference 2009;

SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music Psychology and Research) ‘Developing the Musician’ conference 2011.

Higher Education Academy “Embedding Employability into the Music HE Curriculum” conference 2013.

External Appointments

Associate Lecturer, University of Kent

External Programme Reviewer: Colchester Institute (Essex University) BA (Hons) in Music Education (2014)


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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