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Michael Bunce

Senior Lecturer in Music Technology; Course Leader: Masters Global Learning Futures; Curriculum Development and Enhancement Lead

International Centre for Performing Arts Development: CPAD (ACI) Centre for Public Pedagogies (Education and Communities); Research Group: MetaPraxis Project. Synoptic Impact Mapping Project

  • USS 4.17, Stratford Campus
    University of East London
    University Square Stratford
    1 Salway Road
    E15 1NF

    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.

    I am Course Leader for the MA Global Learning Futures at the University of East London and Curriculum Development and Enhancement Lead in the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

    A significant part of my role is interdisciplinary curriculum development, for which I have been recognised by the University, receiving an Industry 4.0 Readiness Award.

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

    SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

    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.


    • Senior Lecturer in Music
      Guy Harries


    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.



    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.



    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