Dr Victoria Armstrong is Senior Lecturer and Director of Education and Social Science at St. Mary’s University, London. She originally trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and worked as a freelance singer for many years specialising in contemporary music. She holds an MA in Music Education and a PhD in Music from the Institute of Education, University of London.
As a sociologist of music, her academic interests focus on issues relating to social justice and inclusion in education and within the music industry. She speaks regularly at public seminars, in 2016 chairing Composers’ Careers at the University of Surrey with an invited panel which included Judith Weir CBE, Cheryl Francis Hoad and Jocelyn Pook, and taking part in a debate on ‘Gender and Music Technology’ at the City Summer Sounds Music Festival. Her work has been presented in the UK, Europe and the US, and recent invited keynotes include the Grieg Academy of Music in Norway and Örebro University, Sweden. She returned to Sweden in 2015 where she held a Visiting Research Fellowship in the School of Music, Theatre and Art at Örebro University, Sweden. She has been invited to give a keynote at the Music and Gender in Balance conference at the Arctic University of Norway in April 2018.
She recently contributed a chapter entitled ‘Gendered Perspectives’ for the Routledge Companion to Music, Technology and Education (2016). She is the author of Technology and the Gendering of Music Education and is currently working on a second monograph, Women’s Musical Lives based on the ethnographies of female professional classical musicians exploring the gendered dimensions of their working lives. She serves on the editorial board of Music Education Research.