Dr Paul Fleet
Lecturer in Music

  • Email: paul.fleet@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3577
  • Personal Website: www.paulfleet.co.uk
  • Address: Address: International Centre for Music Studies,
    School of Arts and Cultures,
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
    Newcastle upon Tyne,
    NE1 7RU


Paul completed his PhD in March 2007 and began work at Newcastle University the following year.  He has since published on Ferruccio Busoni (Ferruccio Busoni: A Phenomenological Approach to his Music and Aesthetics) and has research interests in theory, pedagogy, teaching and learning strategies, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.  Paul is Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching for the School of Arts and Cultures and is Head of Music Theory provision across the ICMuS' classical, contemporary and folk degree programmes.  He is also responsible for the Educational Partnership with the Music Foundation Degrees at Newcastle College and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Roles and Responsibilities

- Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching for the School of Arts and Cultures

- Chair of Board of Examiners for the FdA in Music Production and the FdA in Popular Music for Newcastle College

- Research supervisor for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students


Most Recent External Activities

- Delegate at Westminster Higher Education Forum on Innovative Approaches to curriculum design and delivery in Higher Education (27th November 2014)

- Validation Panel Member for QAA Access to HE Diploma (Music) for Gateshead College and Middlesborough College (13th May 2014)

- Delegate at Popular Music and Pedagogy Conference sponsored by the Higher Education Academy and IASPM (24th January 2014)

 - Lecture on Ferruccio Busoni and Time-Consciousness given to Master's Students at Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (25th March 2013)

- Chair of Board of Examiners for the Foundation Degrees in Music Production and Popular Music at Newcastle College (2011 - present). 

- External Academic Representative for the revalidation of BA (HONS) Music Enterprise course at Newcastle College (2011).

- External Academic Representative for the revalidation of Foundation Degree in Popular Music Performance and Production at City College Norwich (2011).

- External Academic Representative for the validation of the BA in Creative Practice at City College Norwich (2011).


- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

- International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) http://www.iaspm.org.uk/about-iaspm/  

- Performing Right Society for Music http://www.prsformusic.com/Pages/default.aspx


Research Interests

  • The music and aesthetics of Ferruccio Busoni
  • Metatonal Musics
  • Popular Music Pedagogy
  • Time-Consciousness in Music at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
  • Analysis as a practical tool for the exploration of music
  • Embodiment Learning Strategies for the teaching of music theory
  • Recording Technologies

Research Word Cloud http://tagul.com/preview?id=252950@1

Word List: Analysis, Aesthetics, Busoni, Phenomenology, Metatonality, Time-Consciousness, Fin-de-siècle, Husserl, Nielsen, Grainger, Reduction, Intentionality, Drum-Kit, Popular, Contemporary, Music-Theory, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Piano, Guitar, Vai, Satriani, Rock, Western-Art-Music, Fusion-Musics

Current Research Projects

  • Music Notation in Popular Music Pedagogy
  • Time-Consciousness in Music at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: research article
  • The Living Archive Project: in conjunction with Lorna Fulton and funded by the Arts Council
  • History of Recording Technologies: to be presented in conjunction with Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums
  • The use of technologies to enable better cross-disciplinary research collaborations as part of Faculty Futures
  • Temporality in Western-Art-Musics with Kevin Dahan (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée)

Teaching 2014-15

Undergraduate Module Leader and Lecturer

  • Music Theory: Common Practice Textures and Techniques
  • Music Theory: Contemporary Textures and Techniques
  • Music Theory: Folk and Traditional Textures and Techniques
  • Introduction to Musical Analysis
  • Contemporary Musical Materials
  • Techniques of Harmony (Semester 1 only)

Undergraduate Lecturer 

  • Major Specialist Study Dissertation
  • Major Specialist Study Project
  • Minor Specialist Study Dissertation 
  • Minor Specialist Study Project 


Postgraduate Teaching

  • MUS8140: Debates in the Philosophy and Theory of Music
  • Supervisor for Rob Herald on MMus Programme