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Professor Susan Hallam (MBE) studied the violin at the Royal Academy of Music prior to becoming Principal 2nd violin in the BBC Midland Light Orchestra and Deputy Leader of Orchestra da Camera. She studied for her BA in Psychology externally with London University and her MSc in the Psychology of Education and her PhD at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is currently Emerita Professor of Education and Music Psychology at University College London, Institute of Education. She is past editor of Psychology of Music and current joint editor of Music Performance Research. She has been Chair of the Education Section of the British Psychological three times and is an Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. She has been awarded lifelong honorary membership of the British Psychological Society and the International Society for Music Education

Her research interests in music include practising, performing, musical ability, musical understanding and the wider impact of engagement with music. She is the author of numerous books related to music including Instrumental Teaching: A Practical Guide to Better Teaching and Learning (1998), The Power of Music (2001) Music Psychology in Education (2005), Preparing for success: a practical guide for young musicians (2012) (with Helena Gaunt); Active Ageing with Music (2014) (with Andrea Creech, Maria Varvarigou and Hilary McQueen; and The impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people: A research synthesis (2015). She is editor of The Oxford Handbook of Psychology of Music (2009) (with Ian Cross and Michael Thaut) and Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom: Achievements, analysis and aspirations (2010) (with Andrea Creech). She has extensive other scholarly contributions