Academic perspective

My interest in the world of academia really started in September 2017 when I began Doctoral study at the University of Birmingham. Activity upon the Ed.D Doctoral programme within the School of Education opened my mind to, previously, uncharted ideas, philosophies and theories, sparking my enthusiasm to make links between Social Theory and my own 'Musical Universe'.

Of particular interest to me has become the theoretical perspective of Paulo Freire, Godfather of 'Critical Pedagogy'. First reading of 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed' proved particularly transformational and provided me with a framework for contextualising my own praxis as a music educator and professional musician, challenging me to 'unveil' taken for granted complicities with the contemporary hegemonic system of Neoliberal Capitalism. A system which, I believe, seeks to marginalise Music Education through a narrowing of value systems, making invisible the many positive contributions Music, and the Arts, make outside of purely economic outcomes.

Music Education is a vehicle for vital personal and social transformation. My current research seeks to challenge, or 'problem-pose', views, behaviours and discourse to the contrary. 

Current Research Interests:

Critical Pedagogy for Music Education, Music as a Language, Haitian Percussion, Conscientização, Percussive Kinaesthetics, Ethics of Music Theory

Conference Presentations

Huxtable, J. (2018), Developing a ‘Linguistic’ Rhythmic Pedagogy

York Music Education Conference: Connections and Communication in Instrumental and Vocal Teaching, University of York, 26-27th June


Huxtable, J. (2018), ‘Marimba with a Pedal?: Dealing with Duration on the Vibraphone’ 

PAS UK/IR Day of Percussion, Leeds College of Music, 28th October


Huxtable, J. (2019), ‘Achieving Fellowship of AdvanceHE (FHEA)’ 

LCoM Staff Conference, Leeds College of Music, 3-4th January


Huxtable, J. (2019) ‘Pedagogy of Rhythmic Language’

Music Education Solutions - Curriculum Music Conference, Forest Arts Centre, Walsall, 21st March


Huxtable, J. (2019) ‘Rhythm and Language: ‘Spaces in Time’ as Phonology’

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, 14th May


Huxtable, J. (2019) ‘Practise as Praxis: A Freirian Approach to Instrumental Practice within the Conservatoire’

Mayday Colloquium 31, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick IR, 19-22nd June


Huxtable, J. (2019) ‘Problem Posing Music Curricula'

Staff Research Forum, Leeds Arts University, 10th December

Huxtable, J. (2021) 'Performance' measures as assault on music education: A policy archaeology of the teaching excellent framework', Seminar Presentation - 'The Industrialisation of Arts Education', hosted by Leeds Arts University, 16th March



MayDay Group - Member and Newsletter Assistant Editor 


Percussive Arts Society - Member and UK Chapter President 


Association of Popular Music Educators - Member 


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Honorary Member (HonRBC) 


AdvanceHE / Higher Education Academy - Fellow (FHEA) 


Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research - Cultural Theory Group Participant