Mr Simeon Smith

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Research interests

Avant-garde music, British music, colonialism, critical theory, early modernism, epistemology, ethnomusicology, Gustav Holst, interdisciplinary modernity, jazz, 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, postcolonialism, Riemannian analysis, twentieth-century music.

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 first year of a funded PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London.


In 2009 Simeon began a BA in Music, initially pursuing ambitions as a composer and pianist but quickly finding himself transformed by ideas and scholarship. In 2012 Simeon undertook an MSc in Social Anthropology which provided the political frame that still underpins his commitment to breaking down disciplinary boundaries in research and teaching.


Simeon grew up as a performing pianist and has played in recital venues around the UK. He regularly composes production music for local radio and concert music for young ensembles. He now divides his time between postgraduate research and teaching. Simeon’s commitment to research is essentially a didactic one, believing it is through educational dialogue that the arts and humanities find their most pressing purpose.


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Teaching interests: Historical musicology (late nineteenth through to late twentieth century repertoires); anthropology and ethnomusicology; harmony and counterpoint; jazz theory and history; popular music; film music; studio composition and music technology.


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 2015 – Jul 2016

University of Buckingham

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Oct 2012 – Sep 2013

Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

MSc in Social Anthropology

Oct 2009 – Jun 2012

University College, University of Oxford

BA in Music

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