Viv John


​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:​Programme Director for PGCE Secondary
​School:​Cardiff School of Education
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​ Telephone:​029 2041 6502
​Room No:​C013



• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests:
• Music education
• Informal learning
• Creativity in education


Peer-refereed Journals:
​EVANS, S., BEAUCHAMP, G. and JOHN, V. (in press) 'Learners' experience and perceptions​ of informal learning in Key Stage 3 music lessons: a collective case study, exploring the implementation of Musical Futures in three secondary schools in Wales', Music Education Research.

Other Publications:
​JOHN, V. and EVANS, S. (2013) 'Musical Futures Wales Pilot 2011-12: Main Findings' [Online]. Available at:

JOHN, V. and EVANS, S. (2013) 'Musical Futures Wales Pilot 2011-12: Summary of Main Findings' [Online]. Available at:


​Musical Futures​The Paul Hamlyn Foundation​Musical Futures Wales Coordinator​2011-2014



I am Programme Director for PGCE Secondary and am also part of the Partnership Quality Management team who monitor the accuracy and consistency of tutor and mentor School Experience grading across SEWCTET. Having gained a B.Mus and PGCE from the University of London, I taught music for sixteen years in a range of secondary schools in England and Wales, and was Head of Department at St. Joseph’s R.C. High School in Newport. Between 2004 and 2006, I lead the education work at Wales Millennium Centre, creating a wide and diverse education programme for schools and colleges. 

I joined Cardiff School of Education in 2006 as Senior Lecturer in Music Education and completed an MA (Ed) at the university in 2011. I am an A Level examiner for WJEC and an Associate of Musical Futures, responsible for leading the highly successful 2011-12 Welsh pilot and subsequent roll-out across Wales. I am a keen and active orchestral and solo performer and I regularly play flute with a range of ensembles around South Wales.​