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Dr Anna Bull

Culture, Media and Creative Industries 
King’s College London 
Room 2.19, Virginai Woolf Building
22 Kingsway   
Strand Campus
London WC2B 6NR


Anna worked in New Zealand and Scotland as a freelance pianist, before retraining as a sociologist at the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths College. Her PhD, which she was awarded in 2015, explored why classical music is middle class through a study of young people age 16-21 playing classical music. She is now working on a monograph based on this research.

Anna is currently a Researcher in the Culture, Media and Creative Industries department at King's, working on the Get Creative research project. This is an evaluation of, and research into the 'Get Creative' campaign, which is being run by the BBC and leading arts organisations. The research is investigating the links between 'the arts' and everyday creativity.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • class
  • classical music education
  • arts participation
  • abuse in music education
Selected publications
  • Bull, A. Forthcoming. El Sistema as bourgeois social project: class, gender and Victorian values. Action, Criticism and Theory in Music Education.
  • Class, control and classical music (monograph currently under contract consideration with Oxford University Press).
Expertise and public engagement

Abuse in music education

Classical music education and class (including El Sistema in the UK). For example:

Bull, A. 2014. 'Reproducing class? Classical music education and inequality'. Discover Society, issue 14.

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