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Lilian Simones


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    United Kingdom


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I am a researcher in the creative music industry, specifically within the performing arts and music education sectors with interdisciplinary research and educational backgrounds combining music, psychology and education. I am interested in understanding the vital role music education (and the arts in general) have in the development of human creativity, and how creativity is developed, reinforced and enhanced through particular teaching and learning methodologies, and the use of technology. By focusing on the communicative interaction between teachers and students in instrumental and vocal music teaching and learning, I developed a pioneering framework for the study of verbal and gestural communication and teaching and learning behaviours. At the heart of this framework is the premise that gestures are part of an integral musical communicational process, fully integrated with speech and/or music-making and contextualised within specific teaching and learning behaviours. By considering behaviours, it is possible to realise teaching and learning intentions. This, in turn, enables deeper understandings on teachers’ gestures from the points of view of meaning, function and purpose. Application of this framework across different instrumental and vocal music pedagogical contexts and teaching settings will bring relevant insights on developing practical scaffolding approaches for creativity development, with direct implications on the quality of teaching and learning, for the benefit of both teachers and students. Furthermore, the information obtained will feed into the creation of artificial intelligence solutions that will aid learning in instrumental and vocal music education.

My work has been published in leading journals, including Cognition and Instruction, Psychology of Music, and Frontiers, and I am currently writing a book for the Certificate for Music Educators course level 4, accredited by ABRSM and Trinity College London. The book is entitled Certificate for Music Educators Guidebook: Teaching Children (forthcoming in 2020, Routledge).

I am Editor-in-Chief and founding member of the newly created peer-reviewed and open-access journal International Modern Perspectives on Academia and Community Today (IMPACT), based at the Graduate School, Queen’s University Belfast. The journal considers submissions from all academic disciplines on the topics of public engagement, outreach, community engagement and involvement.

As a Research Development Consultant at the Graduate School QUB, I support PhD students developing academic and employability skills through the design and delivery of innovative learning programmes aimed at developing future-ready and resilient researchers. This provision includes lectures and seminars on Tell your Research Story Series (includes workshops on writing articles for publication, presenting at conferences, preparing for the 3MT competition, Ethics in Research, Communicating research to the media); the Future Ready Programme (CV writing, interview preparation, writing fellowships and grant proposals); Introduction to Teaching to Postgraduate Researchers; Preparing for the viva; Developing your Leadership, and a variety of workshops on other topics. I also organised and managed the first-ever Research Culture Week at the Graduate School and apart from my work at QUB, I am also the founder and Director of Enact Music and Course Director of the Certificate for Music Educators (CME) course Level 4, at Enact Music.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom, a member of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS), member of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA - UK) and of the Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement Network (RAISE).



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