Mrs Pauline Black

Mrs Pauline Black
Mrs Pauline Black

Mrs Pauline Black

MRes; BEd (Hons) Music; Grad Dip Jazz; FRSA; FHEA

Lecturer (Scholarship), Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)


Room 010

University of Aberdeen

MacRobert Building

King's College


AB24 5UA

Tel: 01224 274610


Pauline has worked as a music education lecturer at the University of Aberdeen since 2012 and she is Programme Director of the BMus (Hons) Education programme and Performance Coordinator in the department.  She has over twenty years teaching experience in secondary schools and prior to taking up this University post she was Faculty Head (Expressive Arts) at Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen City and music network co-ordinator for Aberdeen City schools. Pauline continues to spend one day per week teaching music in schools and working as a creative practitioner in various contexts. Pauline's professional career has involved teaching and leading participatory music and arts projects in various different contexts, including in school, out of school and in a range of community settings.

Pauline has a particular interest in digital creativity and music technology. She also has a passion for working on interdisciplinary creative projects. 

Pauline has extensive performing experience in a range of genres having performed in classical ensembles, jazz groups, funk / soul bands, brass bands and theatre pits. She currently plays trumpet in the Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra and is trumpeter and vocalist in Aka Ska. Pauline has extensive experience conducting youth music ensembles and working with instrumental ensembles, in particular jazz ensembles, samba bands and junior concert bands. She directs the Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra and Band as well as the Jazz at the Blue Lamp Community Jazz Big Band. In September 2016 Pauline was part of the Aberdeen City team receiving a Will Michael Jazz Diploma in recognition of showing an outstanding commitment to jazz education. 

Pauline is undertaking part time doctoral study at the University of Edinburgh where she is investigating musical improvisation in schools.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Programme Director BMus (Hons) Education

PGDE Music Subject Tutor

Performance Coordinator

School Experience Coordinator

Course Coordinator:

MU351H Musicking and Communities

MU3033 Music Education Studies 1

MU3533 Music Education Studies 2

MU1051/MU1551 Performance 1 and 2 

MU2026/MU2526 Performance 3 and 4

MU3024 Performance 5

MU4801 Performance Recital


Director of University Big Band and Jazz Band

External Memberships

Freelance Music Education Practitioner (1 day per week) 

Committee Member Scottish Association for Music Education (SAME)

SQA Visiting Assessor (Performance)

SQA Verifier for Music Technology

Adjudicator, SCBF (Scottish Concert Band Festival)

Arts Award Adviser

Member of the Music and Social Intervention Network (AHRC)

External Examiner, University of Huddersfield, BA (Hons) Secondary Music with QTS 

External Examiner, University of Sunderland, BA Music


Research Overview

Jazz Education

Informal music pedagogy 

Current Research

Aberdeen Performing Arts: Music Hall Babies

Jazz and improvisation in education


Teaching Responsibilities

MU1051/ MU1551 Performance 1 and 2 (Course Coordinator)

MU1537 Introduction to Contemporary Composition

MU1538 Digital Musicianship: Music Making in the Digital Age

MU2026/MU2526 Performance 3 and 4 (Course Coordinator)

MU3024 Performance 5 (Course Coordinator)

MU3524 Music Education Studies 1 (Course Coordinator)

ED352C Professional Focus: Exploring Music in the Primary School

MU3094 Practical Musicianship Skills

MU4098 Applied Musicianship

MA4/PGDE (Primary) Expressive Arts

Developing Professional Practice 1

Developing Professional Practice 2






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  • Showing the way, or getting in the way? Discussing power, influence and intervention in contemporary musical-social practices

    Ansdell, G., Brøske, B. ?., Black, P., Lee, S.
    International Journal of Community Music, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 135-155
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Improvisation as Disruptive Pedagogy: Challenging Hegemony in Music Education

    Black, P.
    International Society for Music Education (Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission), pp. 345
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters
  • Jump in and run with it: Taking a creative risk, partnership working to enhance music and arts education

    Black, P. A.
    Proceedings of the 22nd International Seminar of the ISME Commission on the Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC). Bowe, M., Merrick, B. (eds.). International Society for Music Education pp. 109-119, 11 pages.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • On being and becoming a jazz musician: Perceptions of young Scottish musicians

    Black, P.
    London Review of Education, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 339 - 357
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Pedagogical Change in the Scottish Secondary School Jazz Combo: Improvisation, Collaboration, Spontaneity and Risk

    Black, P. A.
    International Society for Music Education (ISME), pp. 24
    Contributions to Conferences: Posters


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