Dr Paul Fleet
Lecturer in Music


Paul has blended vocational experience and academic practice since leaving school, when he began working weekends in a local recording studio alongside studying at College.  Recognizing a gap in the market, aged 19, he set up his own business as a travelling private music teacher and scaled its provision throughout his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.  In March 2007 he completed his PhD and began work at Newcastle University the following year.  He has taught, published and has research interests in analysis, theory, teaching and learning strategies, curriculum design, enterprise, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

Paul is currently Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching for the School of Arts and Cultures and has undertaken roles as a Degree Programme Director and Chair of Board of Studies.  He is also Chair of Board of Examiners for both Music and the educational partnership with the Music Foundation Degrees at Newcastle College; he Chairs the Procedures and Policy committee for Newcastle University London; and is a Fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts. 

Roles and Responsibilities

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

- Chair of the Newcastle University London Academic Procedures and Policy Committee

- External Examiner for Edinburgh Napier University BA (hons) Popular Music programme

- Chair of Board of Examiners for Music

- Chair of PEC for the School of Arts and Cultures

- Senior Tutor for Music

- 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

- Speaker at the RSA Regional Showcase Conference (2015)

- Academic Advisor to the NCFE (from 2015)

- Delegate at IASPM/APME/NAMHE Research in Popular Music Education Symposium (2015)

- External Examiner for Edinburgh Napier University BA (hons) Popular Music programme (from 2014/15)

- 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

- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

- International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) 

- Performing Right Society for Music 


Current Research Projects

GILES: Gestural Interval Learning Exercises

The immediate recognition and description of the thirteen enharmonic intervals within the octave is a quest that students of music regularly undertake but rarely achieve.  The problem often lies in a disconnect between the sound heard and the sound recognised when the task is undertaken without recourse to an instrument.  During the 11th Century, Guido d’Arezzo is known to have used the joints on the hand to help music students to recognise and sing intervals from hexachords; this research considers a rethinking of this tool with regard to recent investigations into corporeal intentionality and presents a methodology for the 21st Century musician.

YouTube Tutorials on GILES:

Introduction to GILES (Gestural Interval Learning Exercises): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DAPlzl1qSg 

GILES First Exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xyq6sLkj10 

GILES Second Exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77VBWP9zWKk 

GILES Third Exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMIOO5bE7Cw 

NEone Creative: RSA Grant Funded Research Activity

Following the call from the Royal Society of Arts to consider the 'Creative Gap' in society I am the PI on the NEone Creative project that seeks 'to close the creativity gap by leading an approach to learning and development that enables everyone, regardless of background, to generate original, valuable ideas and make them happen'.  More information on this project can be found at https://www.thersa.org/action-and-research/fellowship-projects/fellowship/neone-creative/ 

Forgetting to Remember: Cross Faculty Engagement Project

Can you name ten female scientists?  That this proves to be a difficult task for many may directly contribute to our, and specifically our younger generation’s, awareness of the roles that have and are being played by women in science.  The project will host a café style gathering where female scientists are active in the coproduction of their research in a cultural and creative presentation alongside composers and performers.  Drawing from colleagues across the three faculties of medicine (Eileen Kaner), science (Lynsay Blake) and humanities (myself) at Newcastle University and in partnership with the Electric Voice Theatre, the public event will showcase the science ‘being done’ in an active environment at the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at the Sage Gateshead, UK.  Funding is being applied for through the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

#HearingHistory: A Journey through Sound Recording Technologies.

Following on from the NISR funded workshops (Short video: https://vimeo.com/125725020) Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums has funded the opportunity of two more workshops but this time in the public sphere using the space in the Grainger Market to engage people in the inclusivity and exclusivity of recording technologies.  A journal article for Popular Musicology Online will be drawn from the research.  Phase 3 of this project will then seek AHRC Knowledge Exchange Funding for a larger scale event and supporting research activity. 

Temporal Intentionality Graphs (Metatonal Music Analysis)

Following on from my published research into the musics and aesthetics of Ferruccio Busoni (Ferruccio Busoni: A Phenomenological Approach to his Music and Aesthetics ISBN: 3838323904) I have been working on applying this methodology, taking into account the phenomenological leanings of the early 20th Century, and developing a framework for understanding musics that are neither tonal nor atonal but are metatonal (both 'with' and 'after' tonality).  The research seeks to understand such music in its own terms and not enforce a mode of analysis but let the piece create its own dialogue with the analytic frame and therefore provide a rich and otherwise hidden reading of such musics.  I have called the analytic model which generates this framework Temporal Intentionality Graphs and the computer programme that draws up these charts can be found at: Link for Temporal Intentionality Graph Music Analysis Generator TIGMAG.

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 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

Consultation and Feedback Hours for UG and PGT students

Every Friday in Term Time from 1400hrs until 1700hrs in the Armstrong Building, G.37

Teaching 2015-16

Undergraduate Module Leader and Teaching

  • Music Theory and Studio Skills
  • Introduction to Musical Analysis
  • Contemporary Musical Materials
  • Early 20th Century Musics

Undergraduate Teaching 

  • MUS1023 Contemporary Musical Materials
  • Major Specialist Study Dissertation
  • Major Specialist Study Project
  • Minor Specialist Study Dissertation 
  • Minor Specialist Study Project 



  • MUS8160/1/2: Debates in the Philosophy and Theory of Music
  • MUS8160/1/2: Music Analysis for Postgraduates
  • PhD Supervisor for Chris Whiting
  • MMus Supervisor for Jack Laidlaw