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Dr Christopher Dalladay

Senior Lecturer

Cass School of Education and Communities

    I started at UEL in 2005 following a long career as a music teacher in Suffolk and Buckinghamshire. I trained as a teacher at St. John's College in York from 1974-1978 where I gained a Certificate in Education followed by a B.ED (Hons.) (University of Leeds). I then started my teaching career in Middle schools in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk where I also sang in the St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir. In 1984, I moved to Buckinghamshire where I taught at a combined school (primary/middle) and then transferred into secondary education. Altogether, I have been teaching in music education for 27 years across both primary and secondary phases, most recently as Head of Performing Arts at a Buckinghamshire Secondary School for 16 years. During this time I gained a Masters in Music Technology in Music Education from Reading University and a teaching diploma from Trinity College of Music (teaching composing skills). I have also, at different points in my career, led CPD for music teachers, acted as mentor to trainees, authored on an Open University website for music education CPD, and been a visiting lecturer for the University of Cumbria. I am a pianist and singer, currently singing in my local Choral Society. I have also spent extensive periods as a local orchestra conductor and worship leader at church. I am very much a believer that music is a core subject - important for all young people and central to their lives and to education.


    I completed my PhD studies in 2015 on 'Music teachers' biographies, their understanding of musicality and its implications for secondary music education'.

    I am now exploring aspects drawn from the PhD - music teacher biography, musicianship in the classroom, ideology and practice; and also issues related to the use of learning time in schools and issues related to transitions in music education - KS3/4 and KS4/5.



    Dalladay, C. (2011a) 'The biography of music teachers and their understanding of musicality'. Research in Secondary Teacher Education, 1: 1, 10-16; The University of East London

    Dalladay, C. (2011b) 'What are we here for?. NAME Magazine; National Association of Music Educators

    Dalladay, C. (2012a) 'Musicianship in education: ideology and practice'. Researcg in Secondary Teacher Education, 2: 2, 9-18; The University of East London

    Book review: Dalladay, C. (2012b) 'Debates in music teaching'. British Journal of Educational Studies; 60: 4, 445-447

    Book review: Dalladay, C. (2014) 'The guided reader to teaching and learning music'. Music Mark Magazine, Jan. 2014

    Dalladay, C. (2015) 'The biography of music teachers, their understanding of musicality and the implications for secondary music education'. Research in Teachers Education, 5: 2, 18-23; The University of East London


    Key conference presentations:

    Teacher Education and Advancement Network (TEAN) annual conference, Birmingham, 18/05/2012; Dalladay, C. 'Teacher biography and its impact on teaching and learning'

    Higher Education Academy (HEA), Social Sciences annual conference, Liverpool, 28-29/05/2012; Dalladay, C. & Wright, K. 'New teachers at Dragonfruit school: developing professional learning in a simulated environment'

    4th International conference for Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, 29/08/2012 - 01/09/2012; Dalladay, C. 'Musicianship in secondary school music education (11-14) in England

    UK Association for Music Education: Music Mark annual conference, November 2013; Dalladay, C. 'Musicianship in Education: ideology and practice'

    Teacher Education and Advancement Network (TEAN) annual conference, Birmingham, 14/05/2015; Dalladay, C. 'The impact of teacher biography in the secondary classroom'


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    Areas of expertise and interest include the delivery of CPD to music teachers (primary and secondary), the application of music technology in music education, composing, curriculum planning and assessment, and the integration of the performing arts subjects (drama, music, dance). My principle musical expertise centres on piano playing, singing and composing.



    Secondary Music PGCE and SD programmes
    Assessment-Only (AO) Route (lead tutor)

    Primary PGCE with music

    EdD Professional Doctorate in Education