Mr Kip Pratt

Mr Kip Pratt

Lecturer in Education - Primary Music

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


I am resonsible for teaching modules on the BEd and PGCE education programmes, specifically in the field of music education. 


I have a BA Hons in music from York University and a PGCE in primary education at KS1 and 2 from Plymouth University. I have also completed the PGCAP with Plymouth University

Teaching interests

I have spent 20 years teaching music in schools and running workshops for Devon Music Service, across all age ranges from reception to A level, and over the last 2 years as an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth.  During that time I spent 7 years at Teignmouth Community College as a full time classroom teacher.  Prior to that I was an instrumental teacher (mainly violin) and gigging musician.  I am particularly interested in music as creative and expressive form, and the impact of composing or 'making' music in young children.  I regard teaching primarily as a craft, not a science - it is about relationships between people, and finding ways to keep those relationships dynamic, open and positive.

Research interests

I am interested in the power of the creative arts as a mechanism for behaviour management in schools. I am currently engaged in MA research into the role of sound, action and symbol in classroom and peripatetic teaching practice, and how these aspects of music education are used together

Creative practice & artistic projects

I run regular creative music projects for children in Teignmouth schools.  Last year we ran a composing project based on the themes of The Hobbit for KS2 and put on a performance for 150 children at Teignmouth Community school.  This year I am visiting the schools, writing melodies and creating sound scapes to enhance their own topics - for example Under The sea, WW2, Antarctica.  I also run a programme of instrumental tuition in strings and brass for Teignmouth Learning Community called the Wider Opportunities Programme.  I teach half a day a week at Mill Lane School, focussing on singing, musical listening and making music with instruments. Other musical projects I have been involved in (to name but a few) include The Lorax, Where The Wild Things Are, Singing In The Playground, Asere in Devon and the Devon Schools MIX.  I am also a visiting lecturer as Exeter University on the PGCE course, and I run an annual workshop for the South West Music school feeder programme.

Reports & invited lectures

Exeter University PGCE programme - Wider Opportunities Music - 2 sessions per year.
South West Music School - Feeder Programme Workshop.

Other academic activities

I am a Mentor for students on the South West Music School gifted and talented programme.

Additional information

I play in Blue Jewel Ceilidh band as fiddler and caller, and I run folk dance workshops for children in schools through my website.