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Patrick Ainsworth

Course Leader

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

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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.

Further information

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

Taught courses

BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance

Looking to start a career as a performer, songwriter, creative artist or studio musician? Solent University’s BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance programme brings together...

BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production

Are you interested in a career as a music performer, songwriter or producer? Would you like to be involved in artist development? Suitable for both schooled and self-taught...