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Joe Bennett is Professor of Popular Music at Bath Spa University. He has taught on the University’s Masters Degree in songwriting and Commercial Music degree, and is the founder of the UK Songwriting Festival.

His guitar tuition books, songwriting articles and compositions are published worldwide. Joe received a National Teaching Fellowship in 2004 in recognition of his work as a teacher of popular music. As an expert witness musicologist Joe advises music lawyers, publishers, artists and songwriters on matters of plagiarism and musical similarity. His academic research concerns the creative practice and psychology of collaborative songwriters.


  • 2014–present
    Professor of Popular Music, Bath Spa University
  • 2008–2015
    Dean of School of Music & Performing Arts, Bath Spa University
  • 2005–2008
    Head of Music, Bath Spa University
  • 2001–2005
    Subject Leader, Commercial Music, Bath Spa University
  • 1998–2001
    Head of Music, City of Bath College
  • 1994–1998
    Music Editor, Total Guitar magazine


  • 2014 
    University of Surrey, PhD
  • 1991 
    University of Northumbria, BA Creative Arts


  • 2015
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Grants and Contracts

  • 2004
    National Teaching Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Higher Education Academy


National Teaching Fellow (UK Higher Education Academy, 2004), Professor of Popular Music (Bath Spa University, 2014)