michael bunce

Michael Bunce

Senior Lecturer

Music technology, Metapraxis, CPAD

Department of Music, Writing & Performance , School of Arts and Creative Industries

Michael Bunce is a Senior Lecturer in music technology and a Course Leader for the MA in Global Learning Futures. He is also the curriculum development and enhancement lead.


  • BA (Hons) Music
  • MA Composition (Electroacoustic)
  • PhD (continuing)

Areas Of Interest

  • Interdisciplinary Arts Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Learning Philosophy and Design
  • Metapraxis
  • Metadisciplinarity
  • Pedagogy
  • Heutagogy
  • Curriculum Design and Innovation
  • Sonic Arts
  • Music and Studio Production
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Performance Technology Design and Development
  • Education Technology Innovation
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Michael Bunce is Course Leader for the Masters in Global Learning Futures at the University of East London and Curriculum Development and Enhancement Lead within the school of Arts and Creative Industries at UEL.

He is engaged in practice and research as a teacher and curriculum innovator, educational technology developer, composer and music producer, and interdisciplinary arts practitioner.

Michael is research-active at the intersection of interdisciplinary creative arts practice, learning and teaching, innovation and technology, with a background working for arts organisations, museums and galleries, universities, schools and colleges, education and arts charities, and not-for-profit organisations in the UK, North and South America, and Australia.

He has taught, presented and performed at universities in the UK, North & South America, and Australia, as well as working as a Music Director for the National Youth Theatre, Creative Designer and Project Lead for the National Trust (Osterley), Senior Tutor for the Drake Music Project, and with a range artists and organisations as a musician, composer and music producer.

He is currently leading MetaPraxis, developing interdisciplinary learning design projects with 12 schools in South Australia and critical partner to Charles Leadbeater's Agency Lab project (both projects hosted by AISSA, the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia), Prototyping Member of Learning Creates Australia, a national initiative to reimagine learning and its recognition, and a member of the GELP (Global Education Leaders' Partnership) Recognition of Learning working group.


External roles

External Examiner:
University of Gloucestershire
University of Limerick
Project Lead: MetaPraxis Project and Synoptic Impact Mapping Project (UK and AU).


Current research centres on the concept and philosophy of metapraxis (an integrative, dynamic and personalised approach to reflexive learning within and across disciplines).

I am working to develop pedagogical and heutagogical models and approaches to learning which leverage equivalence between creativity and learning.

Current projects

1. MetaPraxis, a 3-year project working with 12 schools in Adelaide to develop new practices and pedagogies for reflexive interdisciplinary learning.

2. Synoptic Impact Mapping Project, developing a model and interactive tool for mapping planned and emergent teaching and learning impact. The model provides a continuum to map areas of teaching and learning impact and growth dynamically across multidimensional domains (including peer-, self-, and collective-assessment), to provide enhanced proximal referencing for reflexive metadisciplinary learning at primary, secondary and tertiary stages of education.


  • Conference Presentation and Workshop on Synoptic Impact Mapping: [RE]Learn Learning Innovation Festival, hosted by LearnLife, Barcelona: Link.
  • Education 4.0: Is characterising and harmonising intelligences and fostering mindfulness and positive mental health a way of thinking about a Pedagogy 4.0 for HE? 
  • Ravenscroft, A., Richards, P. & Bunce, M. (2020). 2020. Closing chapter in "Learning and Work" (Eds) Malloch, M., Evans. K,. Cairns, L. & O' Connor, B. London: Sage.
  • Refractions in Air. Bunce, M, Wachsmann, P. 2004. BEAD Records.


MA Global Learning Futures

This course is a progressive venture in interdisciplinary learning design and innovation.

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MA/MFA Sound and Music for Media

Extend your skill base through applied practice and research in professional contexts.

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MA/MFA Sound and Music Performance

Develop your own performance projects; get skills in sound design and production, interdisciplinary work, composition and technology.

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MA/MFA Sound and Music for Games

You will be guided in the design and implementation of creative projects, involving modules for the arts, design thinking, and innovation practice.

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MA/MFA Sound and Music for Theatre

Develop projects in sound and music for theatre and capitalise on our expertise in interdisciplinary working.

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MA/MFA Sound and Music Production

Extend your skill base through applied practice and research in professional contexts.

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Masters Global Learning Futures

Learning Futures; Innovation, Agency and Impact; Future Tools; Creativity and Design; Project Design, Implementation and Leadership; Interdisciplinary Intersections; Research Praxis; and MetaPraxis.


Sound and Music Courses

Interactive Portfolio Development
Studio Production