Graham Dowdall

Staff details

Position Part-Time Lecturer BA & MA Communty Studies
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Phone +44 (0)20 0207 919 7077
Graham Dowdall

Graham Dowdall combines a practice as a performer, workshop leader, trainer and tutor in the field of community music. His passion for music and social equality run hand in hand and dovetail rewardingly into his portfolio career. As a performer, Graham specialises in electronic music and has a huge catalogue of contributions to commercially released recordings, as well as significant experience performing live around the globe. As a workshop leader he has spent the last 15 years working with a wide range of client groups, but he specialises in working with young people in challenging circumstances — especially those at risk of offending and those with a variety of learning and physical disabilities.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Law – Kingston
  • Cert. Music Workshop Skills (Goldsmiths)


Graham has taught on the CMWS at Goldsmiths since 2001, working for the first six years as a guest lecturer before convening and teaching as an associate tutor on the programme. He also teaches on the MA in Cross Sectoral and Community Arts. 

Graham has taught in around one hundred schools, fifty pupil referral units and numerous care homes. He has been a guest lecturer for the universities of Limerick, Hull and the Centre for Early Music (York), and has delivered training programmes across the country for professional musicians and aspiring music leaders.

Professional projects

Graham has recently presented at the request of the Musicians Union on being a music leader and artist, as well as managing a portfolio career. He has also presented as conferences on music technology in participatory settings, disability arts and the use of music for excluded and “at risk” young people.

Research Interests

Primarily three areas – How technology can benefit people with disabilities and enable them to take part in meaningful music making ; the benefits of music making for young people failed by and failing in the education system and either at risk or already offending ; methodologies and approaches for training musicians to work in informal community settings in the 21st century (in partnership with colleagues at Chichester and Sunderland Univs).