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Patrick Ainsworth

Course Leader

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Patrick Ainsworth is a senior lecturer in popular music and course leader for BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production.

Formerly a self-taught guitarist, he studied jazz, popular and commercial music at Newcastle School of Music. Following this he worked as a guitar teacher and ensemble director as well as performing in, writing for, and recording various bands on the South Coast.

After successfully setting up a popular music/music technology department he became head of performing arts at Fareham College in Hampshire. Alongside this he has acted as an educational consultant for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and Southampton City Council Adult Learning and has written units for the Edexcel BTEC National Diplomas in music.

New projects include the writing and implementation of a new degree programme – BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production and a research project focused on technology enhanced reflective learning.

Patrick is currently writing a PhD investigating microtiming and groove in music.

Taught courses

Further information

Industry experience

Patrick's industry experience includes numerous performances and educational consultancies.

Research interests

Patrick's research interests include microtiming and groove and reflective learning.

Recent publications

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Nationals in music and music technology:

  • Unit 2: Arranging music.
  • Unit 12: Improvising music.
  • Unit 13: Improvising music in a jazz style.
  • Unit 26: Music theory and harmony

Technology Enhanced Reflection and Meta-Reflection – guiding learners through reflective processes” Dialogue, Vol. 5, 2015, pp. 24–36.

Work in progress

Patrick is currently working on a PhD focussing on microtiming and groove.