Dr. Tom Sykes: musician, educator, researcher

Some information about me:


Born and raised in Huddersfield, my music tuition began at an early age thanks to the local peripatetic service. I pursued HE music study at Leeds College of Music on the jazz degree, graduating with a First. After a short spell of violin and piano teaching at the Amati music school in Granada, Spain, I undertook teacher training at Bretton Hall College. After gaining my PGCE I worked for Sefton Music Service, teaching upper strings and directing ensembles including Sefton Youth Jazz Workshop. Until recently I was Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) in Popular Music at the City of Liverpool College, and I have also taught at HE institutions including LIPA, Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Salford and Edge Hill University. I am now Lecturer in Music Performance at Liverpool Hope University. From 2016-2020 I was an External Examiner for a University of Sussex validated programme at BIMM (Brighton and Manchester). I occasionally teach privately at home.


My curiosity has led me to embark on part-time postgraduate study, resulting in an MA in Music (with Distinction) from the Open University in 2005, and a PhD in 2014 with the University of Salford (main supervisor Prof. George McKay). My research at Salford contributed towards a major HERA-funded project (led by Prof. Tony Whyton), Rhythm Changes, and produced many conference papers and several publications. I continue to write and research as time and funding allow.


As a musician, I am involved in various music activities including performance, composition/arranging and recording, covering a wide range of 'popular' and 'art' genres but mainly, I think, under the wider generic descriptions of jazz and classical music. I am also involved with Southport Melodic Jazz Club, which organises occasional jazz concerts that have so far mainly taken place at the Royal Clifton Hotel (http://www.jazzinsouthport.co.uk/) and on the committee of a new organisation to promote jazz in the Southport area, Southport Jazz Club (see 'Projects' page).

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