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David Barton


Born in 1983, David combines a busy portfolio of private teaching, accompanying and composing, in addition to his PhD at the Royal College of Music, London.  

He graduated with a BA(Hons) Open Degree in 2008, and a MEd in 2010, both with The Open University. He has taught flute, piano and singing privately since 2001, holding the DipABRSM and CertGSMD(T) teaching diplomas, and the DipLCM performance diploma. He also mentors other instrumental teachers and supports them in their teaching diploma preparations. As a composer, he has over 100 pieces published worldwide, and he holds the LLCM and ALCM composition diplomas from the London College of Music.  

He is currently reading part-time for a PhD in Music Education at the Royal College of Music, where he is researching autonomy and control in private instrumental teaching. In 2016 he was awarded a Doctoral Bursary supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award. His research has been presented most-recently at the UCL Institute of Education and the University of York.

Faculties / departments: Research


Research areas


Music Education


Research supervisors

Jennie Henley


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David Barton

Early Career Researcher