Paul Carr

Paul Carr

Prof, Professor

1988 …2022

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Research interests

Paul Carr is professor in Popular Music Analysis at the University of South Wales. His research interests focus on the areas of musicology, widening access, the music industry and pedagogical frameworks for music related education. He is also an experienced performing musician, having toured and recorded with artists as diverse as The James Taylor Quartet and ex Miles Davis saxophonist Bob Berg. His most recent publications include an edited collection on Frank Zappa (2014), two chapters in Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality (2016) and a monograph on Sting (2017) and a co-edited collection alongside professor Allan Moore—the Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research. He also works as a forensic musicologist/expert witness on a consultancy basis. Recent activity includes work for Warner Chappell and Universal Music on copyright infringement cases (including a major West End Show and a number of international recording artist recordings). He also acts as a music consultant – having advised on the role of popular music in the new A Level curriculum and written reports on the decline of instrumental tuition in Wales and the impacts of covid-19 on its music industries. He regularly contributes to public debates for the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee. 

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

… → 2013

PhD, University of Hertfordshire

… → 1 Jan 2004

LLCM(TD), London College of Music

… → 1 Jan 1994

BA (hons) Music, Middlesex University

1 May 19911 May 1993

External positions

Leeds College of Music

Jul 20142017

University of Sunderland

Jul 20142019

Edinburgh, Napier University

Jan 20122015

Liverpool Hope University


Bath Spa University


University of Leeds


University of Sunderland


University of the Highlands and Islands


FD degree expert consultation, De Montfort University

… → Jul 2009

Final approval: BA Creative Music Performance (online) / BA Creative Songwriting (online) / BA Innovation in Artist Management (online), Falmouth University

… → Jan 2014

MA in Songwriting and MA in Music Festivals expert consultation, Southampton Solent University

… → Mar 2012

Final Approval MA Music and the Environment, University of the Highlands and Islands

… → Apr 2018


  • M Music
  • Musicologists
  • Popular Music


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