Mr Simeon Smith

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Personal profile

Simeon Smith was born in Chertsey, Surrey in 1991. He studied at University College, Oxford and Green Templeton College, Oxford. He received a BA in Music in 2012, an MSc in Social Anthropology in 2013, a PGCE in 2016, and is currently in his second year of a funded PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Working PhD thesis title: Decolonizing the Musical Work: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Gustav Holst, and Edwardian London in the Context of Global Intellectual History


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Research interests

Writing within the anthropological realm of phenomenology and philosophical realm of pragmatism, Simeon explores:

American music, arts education, avant-garde music, British music, colonialism, critical theory, decolonization, early modernism, education, epistemology, ethnomusicology, gender, global intellectual history, global music studies, interdisciplinary modernity, lifelong learning, modernism, music analysis, music and computer science, music and mathematics, music and philosophy, music and political economy, music and religion, music and social anthropology, music education, ontology, Orientalism, otherness, pitch-class set theory, postcolonialism, post- tonal analysis, pragmatism, race, Riemannian analysis, Schenkerian analysis, secondary education, teaching and learning, tertiary education, twentieth-century music.



Teaching interests: Anthropology, collaborative learning, distance learning, ensemble performance, ethnomusicology, film music, global music studies, harmony and counterpoint, historical musicology (particularly late nineteenth through late twentieth century repertoires), jazz theory and history, music analysis, music technology, music theory, philosophy, popular music, studio composition and production.


From 2015-2020 Simeon was Head of Music at a large secondary school where he promoted music as a credible, accessible, and prominent force among the student body. During his tenure public examination results were consistently among the best gained by any department at the school and the performance calendar was innovative and very busy, with diverse and inclusive events staged throughout the year.

Educational background

Sep 2019 – Jul 2020

Institute of Education, University College London

ISQAM (Academic Management)

Sep 2015 – Jul 2016

University of Buckingham

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Sep 2013 – Jan 2015

BPP University Law School

LLB in Law 

Oct 2012 – Sep 2013

Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

MSc in Social Anthropology

Oct 2009 – Jun 2012

University College, University of Oxford

BA (Hons) in Music

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