Simon Rose

Simon Rose

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Simon Rose is a researcher, author and freelance musician from London living in Berlin. His recent book is ‘The lived experience of improvisation: in music, learning and life’ (2017). Rose’s Best Practice Research Scholarship (2003 BPRS teaching) developed new insights into the relation between ‘permanently excluded’ school pupils and the uses of improvisation in teaching. His subsequent research and analysis deepened understanding of the relation between improvisation in arts and its potential for learning contexts (Middlesex University, MA, 2008; Glasgow Caledonian University, PhD, 2012). With Deniz Peters he was a co-investigator with the ‘Emotion and improvisation’ research project (FWF 2014-19) (presenting in conferences in Norway, Germany, Austria and Romania). And co-investigator at Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast, ‘Just Improvisation: Enriching child protection law through musical techniques, discourses and pedagogies’ (AHRC 2015-17). Rose is a busy saxophonist and involved in numerous collaborations. He increasingly works in interdisciplinary settings: with dancers, visual artists, performance artists and others. Rose’s early drama training (Dartington College of Arts) led to professional work in theatre-in-education - touring schools, prisons and hospitals in the UK. Since 2005 Rose has acted as visiting lecturer and researcher at universities in Europe and U.S.A.