TEDxOxford 2016 Speaker James Humberstone

James Humberstone

James Humberstone


As a composer, technologist and teacher, James Humberstone believes that music education can lead all education through the challenges of the 21st century. After all, there is no more experiential, creative, child-centred subject than music – or so he claims. A trained ‘classical’ composer, James migrated to Sydney, Australia in 1997 and has also worked in the fields of music software, education, and as a musicologist. Today he is a lecturer in music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and remains an active composer. His recent musical output included a permanent electro-acoustic installation at the Australian National Maritime Museum. In 2016 James is collaborating on a hip hop album, and composing a song cycle. He is also about to release the University of Sydney’s first (free) MOOC “Music Education in the 21st Century” at www.coursera.org.

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