Miss Armani Shepherd
Lecturer in Music
School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
Armani is a Lecturer in music/ethnomusicology* within the School of Humanities and Performing Arts who heads up various modules within the BA (Hons) Music programme. Armani was winner for the UPSU SSTAR Award (2013) for most dedicated dissertation/project supervisor as well as consecutively nominated for outstanding personal tutor in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was again nominated in 2015 for 'most dedicated dissertation supervisor' as well as for 'Inspirational Teaching'.
Armani is an advocate for excellence in learning and teaching (including transformative pedagogy), and actively engages with the PedRIO research group. In addition to overseeing the ethnomusicology strand and critical dissertations, she encompasses employability and internationalisation within the programme and continues to provide prized pastoral support to both our UK and International students. Armani has played alto saxophone (gospel) for many years and has performed at numerous venues both in the UK and overseas. Alongside her teaching, her research interest resides in examining healing tones embedded in sacred Hebrew text.
Armani is also lead provider for a forthcoming Medical Humanities Longitudinal Special Study Unit (SSU) in ‘Medical Ethnomusicology,’ at the Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry. Medical Ethnomusicology (which closely resembles medical anthropology), focuses on health and illness as they relate to musical practice and performance within culture. She embraces collaborative/interdisciplinary research that fosters integrative solutions; ambition that makes a difference.
*Ethnomusicology - also applied ethnomusicology - is a fusion between musicology and anthropology/applied anthropology:
For the Undergraduate Programme in BA (Hons) Music at Plymouth University: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-music
For the Undergraduate Programme in BA (Hons) Anthropology at Plymouth University: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-anthropology
Intensive Bioacoustics course with The Institute of Bioacoustic Biology and Sound Healing (USA) - (Jan 2014)
Shepherd, Armani. and McInerney, Michael. (4 April 2017). 'A Creative Collaborative Model for Global Education: Fitting the Sustainable Development Goal 4 in 2030 Agenda', Poster in: 6th Annual PedRIO Conference, Plymouth University.
Shepherd, Armani. (26 June 2015). 'Curriculum Development: Innovation in Practice - Introducing the 3Rs: RESEARCH, REFLECT and REFERENCING', 13th Vice-Chancellor's Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth: Plymouth University.
Shepherd, Armani. (December 2014). 'Applying metaphor as an innovative methodology in medical ethnomusicology: Exploring healing phenomenon of the Solfeggio tones', IHC CMI Methodological Innovations Conference 2014, Plymouth: Plymouth University.
Shepherd, Armani. (20 March 2014). 'Ocean Acoustics: Exploring the Power of Healing tone (528hz)', The School of Humanities and Performing Arts Research Festival, Plymouth: Plymouth University.
Shepherd, Armani. (18 April 2012). 'Coaching GGA - a new learning culture - riposte to the de la Harpe (2011) challenge', PedRIO Conference, Plymouth: Plymouth University.
Sheaff Mike and Shepherd Armani. (19-20 May 2011). 'Music & dementia: an interdisciplinary approach', Methods@Plymouth Conference, Plymouth: Plymouth University.
Shepherd, Armani. (May 2011 edition). Elliott, Richard. 2010. Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City. In: Ethnomusicology Forum, Volume 20/1:118.
Shepherd, Armani. (7-10 April 2011). 'Viewing the Prohibited: Witnessing the Performance of the "Call to Prayer" - as a Woman - through Media', Ethnomusicology Forum Annual Conference, University College Falmouth, Tremough Campus: Cornwall.