Andy Gleadhill

Music Education Consultant


Andy Gleadhill is internationally acknowledged as a leading authority on teaching World Music. A Musician, Educator, Author, Composer, Ethnomusicologist and Teacher Trainer, he has over thirty five years’ experience as a professional Musician and Educationalist. As a performing musician Andy has played with some of the leading Recording Artists and Orchestras in the world for Film, Television, and Recording Sessions as well as many of London’s West End Shows. As an Ethnomusicologist, Andy has travelled widely around the world especially in Africa, South America, South East Asia and India playing and learning about music of other cultures and regularly lectures on the Music of Diverse Cultures. Andy has had many papers and articles published on World Music and Music Education topics and currently has eight books published on World Music themes. He is an Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University where he has taught on the specialist Secondary Music PGCE course for over 15 years. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Malaysian Music Teacher Training College. He has also been a Head of a UK Local Authority Music Service and a Music Education Hub. He now balances his work as a professional musician and Education consultant with delivering World Music Workshops, Training and Professional Development to Schools, Colleges, Universities and both music and generalist teachers around the world.


Future Learning

26 February 2020 | 10:30 - 11:00 | Teaching Music - International Perspectives

We can all benefit by looking at how other cultures around the world learn and teach music. How much do we know about how pupils learn music in Columbia or Malaysia? Using practical examples we will explore different musical pedagogy from around the world. Andy will draw upon his years of experience travelling the world as an Ethnomusicologist, where he has studied and played along side musicians and music educators on every continent. His more recent work delivering teacher development to Schools worldwide has allowed him to gain a unique international perspective of music education. Delegates will explore world music that helps pupils learn all the elements of music, is inclusive, accessible and develops student creativeness. We will end with a short performance of some of the world music that we have been examining to ensure that delegates will see how new ideas and music-making experiences can be taken back to use directly in their own lessons. 


26 February 2020 | 12:30 - 12:40 | Why Music Makes You Smarter

Brief summary of recent research into pupils who learn a musical instrument and how this benefits them in other academic subjects.