Dr. Desmond Sergeant is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education. He studied voice and piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was Head of Music at Froebel College of Higher Education, and later at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, and has also taught in several universities in USA.
As a singer, he has appeared in many operatic roles, and has wide experience as a choral trainer, having directed many major works of the choral repertoire.
He was founding editor of the journal 'Psychology of Music' and is a past chair of the Society for Education Music and Psychology Research (Sempre).
Research publications extend to fields of cognitive development, perception of serialism, and voice measurement (in collaboration with Prof. Graham Welch). Publications are mostly in English, but also appear in Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
In 1987 he was nominated Distinguished Foreign Scholar by the Mid-America State University Association (MASUA).
Desmond has a keen interest in theatre, and has written several musicals for young players.
Psychology of Music, especially pitch perception and cognition, child and choral voice. Current research includes measurement of voice quality, gender and music performance.