Guildhall School of Music and Drama Helena Gaunt

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Helena Gaunt

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Helena Gaunt

Professor Helena Gaunt PhD MBA (Distinction) LGMS(PCS) BA Hons (Cantab) FGS FRSA

Professor Helena Gaunt is Vice Principal and Director of Academic Affairs at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she provides strategic leadership in academic development, research, enterprise and internationalisation. She is a National Teaching Fellow (2009) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Having been a professional oboist and member of the Britten Sinfonia, she has more recently developed research expertise, publishing on one-to-one tuition in conservatoires, orchestral musicians in the 21st century, and collaborative learning. She was an Associate of the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP), and is a member of the research team for Creative Works London, both funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Current interests focus on ensemble practices in the performing and fine arts, creative entrepreneurship, and the potential for the arts to contribute to education and development practices more widely. In 2013 she led the launch of Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs in partnership with Cause4, an incubator dedicated to supporting sustainable business development in the performing arts.

Helena directs the international Reflective Conservatoire Conference hosted triennially at the Guildhall, and is the Chair of the Innovative Conservatoire (ICON) partnership, providing pioneering professional development internationally for conservatoire teachers. She has served on several working groups for the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), including chairing the Research Working Group of the Polifonia project, 2007-10, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki. She is co-editor of Music Performance Research, a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Music Education, and an associate editor for Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.

Helena lives in London and has five children, including two sets of twins.

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Dr Helena Gaunt awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Higher Education Academy recognises Assistant Principal of the Guildhall School with award

The Guildhall School is delighted that Dr. Helena Gaunt, Assistant Principal (Research and Academic Development), has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship grant of £10,000 from the Higher Education Academy.

Announced today, 50 awards were given in total and the winners were chosen from 203 nominations submitted by further and higher education institutions across England and Northern Ireland. The award may be used for Fellows’ professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

Helena Gaunt was appointed Assistant Principal (Research and Academic Development) in 2008. She is an oboist, having been a member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and Britten Sinfonia, and has taught at the Guildhall School for 18 years. She continues to take an active role in the Wind, Brass and Percussion Department, teaching the oboe, mentoring, coaching chamber music, and directing ensembles. Helena’s research focus is one-to-one instrumental/vocal tuition. She has been at the forefront of generating the first accredited professional development opportunities for instrumental/vocal teachers in Higher Education in the UK, through a collaborative partnership with the Institute of Education. She also directed the Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Apprentices and Sorcerers? at the Guildhall School in February 2006, and a second Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Building Connections in February/March 2009.

Helena’s interest in education took root when she set up the education department for the London Symphony Orchestra in 1989-90. She has published widely on aspects of instrumental and vocal learning and is a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Music Education. She is also the deputy chair of a new Forum on Instrumental Teaching for the International Society of Music Education.


Notes to Editors:
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is part of an overall Academy programme to raise the status of learning and teaching in higher education. It comprises two strands: Individual National Teaching Fellowship Awards, and Projects. It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI).

The Guildhall School is provided by the City of London.

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