In 2009 I completed my PhD research at the University of York for which I was awarded the highly competitive Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship. The focus of this research was to introduce breath-control training as part of music education in the primary school curriculum. The research led to the development of a prototype biofeedback breath-training device. It was awarded the CETL White Rose grant to explore commercial application.
In November 2009 I conducted a 5 city tour of Japan working within the education sector delivering breath-awareness workshops to over 150 school students and 25 primary school teachers. This project was part funded by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). I am currently working with the department of computer science at Sheffield University to develop a variant of the biofeedback game suitable for mobile phones. This application falls within the serious games genre.
Since coming out of research, I have been invited as guest lecturer on modules such as Media Enterprise development. The focus of these modules is to introduce students to key technical and strategic skills to enable them to use social media and web 2.0 platforms to their advantage.
In 2009 I presented my work at the Phoenix Centre showcase at York St John University. In July 2010 I was invited to speak at Shift Happens – the Arts, Learning and Technology conference. The event was attended by representatives from cultural organizations around the UK.