Trevor Wiggins Ph.D, M.Mus, B.Mus, Cert Ed

I began with a conventional musical training in western music and music teaching, studying piano and trumpet and qualified as a teacher in 1974. When I finished my B.Mus in 1976 I was appointed Head of Music in two schools in Essex, whilst studying for an M.Mus in Music Analysis, which I completed in 1980.

In 1983 I was appointed lecturer in Music/Music Education at Bretton Hall college, teaching undergraduate students and training postgraduate students as teachers. During the 1980s I became more interested in the music of West Africa and organised a staff exchange with the University of Ghana in 1988-9. In 1991, I was appointed Director of Music at Dartington College of Arts and continued in that role until the college relocated in 2010. During those years, I benefitted from the incredible range of teachers and artists who visited Dartington and also developed an international profile as a research, performer, and teacher. I have returned to Ghana on many occasions to conduct further research and work with Ghanaian musicians (and add to my collection of shirts).TW_in_shirt.jpg I completed my Ph.D in 1999, researching issues for Music and Music Education in Ghana.

I have been invited as a guest teacher to many places around the world including the USA, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. Perhaps my biggest challenge was a workshop in Seattle where I was teaching Ghanaian music to a mixed group that included a number of Ghanaian musicians.


I am now an independent scholar who mixes ongoing research and publication (see the Research page for more details) with teaching and specialist mentoring.