Dr Simon Baines


Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Pro Dean Student Education, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (2016- )
Director of Research, School of Music (2013-2016)
Programme Leader BA Music (2013-2016)
Pro Dean Student Education, Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications (2003 - 2011)
Director of Learning & Teaching, School of Music (1999 - 2003)
Other roles for the University have included: Chair, Blended Learning Futures Group; Chair, Standing Group on Collaborative Provision; Chair, VLE and Portal Steering Groups.


  • Chair of AHC Faculty Taught Student Education Committee
  • Chair of University of Leeds Portfolio Steering Group; Working Group on Marking and Classification
  • Chair of University of Leeds Special Cases Committee

Research interests

Orchestral performance practice and studies of national style in performance, particularly in the twentieth century (including oral histories, player biography, analysis of recordings); music for big band and associated musicians.

Author of entries including 'National idioms' and 'Orchestra and orchestral placement' for the forthcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music (eds. Robin Stowell & Colin Lawson).

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BA, MSc, PhD, PFHEA

Student education

Postgraduate professional studies and research methods, dissertation supervision, music in context, science and music.

Research groups and institutes

  • Making Music