Rachel Beale

Rachel Beale


Personal statement

Rachel Beale is a postgraduate research student. She studied violin, recorder and piano at Dartington College of Arts (1975-1978) and gained her Certificate in Education from Rolle College in 1979, qualifying her to teach music and mathematics. She teaches violin, recorder, piano and theory of music in Cornwall and she performs violin and recorder music at Baroque and Modern pitch.

Academic qualifications

  • Certificate in Education
  • BA (Hons) – First-Class
  • PG Cert Music – Open
  • PG Dip Music – Open
  • MA Music – Open

Thesis title

Amateur, Professional and in between: Exploring why music-makers belong to Western Art Music ensembles in Truro, Cornwall.

Research supervisors

Dr Mary Stakelum, Professor Amanda Bayley and Matthew Spring

Research interests

Rachel Beale's research interests include:

  1. Amateur and professional identity in community music ensembles
  2. What motivates music-makers to join a local Western Art Music ensemble
  3. The mechanisms that make such musical interactions between people possible in a microcosm.

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