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Catherine Tackley

Senior Lecturer in Music, The Open University

Catherine Tackley joined the OU as Lecturer in Music in July 2008 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in February 2011. She completed her PhD on early jazz in Britain at City University, London in 2002.

Catherine held various posts at Leeds College of Music between 2001-2008, culminating in two years as Head of the Centre for Jazz Studies UK with responsibility for a portfolio of collaborative research and artistic projects, as well as teaching in the areas of critical musicology, popular music and jazz on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. At the OU, Catherine is currently Head of the Music Department.

Catherine’s research interests include historical and critical musicology with particular reference to jazz and popular music, early and European jazz, recording, jazz influenced music, and performance practice.


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    Senior Lecturer in Music, The Open University