Miss Armani Shepherd

Miss Armani Shepherd

Lecturer in Music

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Armani has been appointed Programme Manager for BA Hons Music from 2018/19, where she works alongside dedicated and talented colleagues.  If you have any questions regarding the BA Hons Music programme, please do not hesitate to contact: armani.shepherd@plymouth.ac.uk 

Armani is also a Lecturer in music and pathway leader in ethnomusicology* within the School of Humanities and Performing Arts. She subsequently 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. She was again nominated for 'most dedicated dissertation supervisor' as well as for 'Inspirational Teaching'.

Armani is an advocate for excellence in learning and teaching, and actively engages with the PedRIO research group. She facilitates and supports both personalised and problem based learning.  In addition to overseeing the ethnomusicology strand and critical dissertations, she continues to provide prized pastoral support to both our UK and International music students. 

She embraces collaborative/interdisciplinary research that fosters integrative solutions; ambition that makes a difference.  Her latest research led practice resides in Medical Ethnomusicology (which closely resembles medical anthropology), focuses on health and illness as they relate to musical practice and performance within culture. In this connection, BA Hons Music at University of Plymouth is currently the only music degree in the UK offered to intercalated medical students. Armani subsequently engages with the University of Plymouth Medical Humanities Research Centre 'CHART': the Community, Health, Humanities and Arts Research Team. 

The department holds academic partnership with the Royal Marines School of Music offering a BMus (Hons) Professional Music Studies. 


*Ethnomusicology/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



Practitioner in both Sound Therapy and Reiki; Member of UK Reiki Federation (UKRF)

Intensive Bioacoustics course with The Institute of Bioacoustic Biology and Sound Healing (USA) - (Jan 2014)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) - (2012)

MA in Ethnomusicology, Cardiff University - (2010)

Leatherseller's Universities Exhibition Award (2008)

Celia G Thomas Award (2008)

First Class BA (Hons) in Music, Plymouth University - (2008)

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.