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Undergraduate Courses

BA (Hons) Music and BA (Hons) Music (Song Writing & Performance)

Course Type:
BA (Honours) degree
3 years full-time; Music (SWP) – either 4 years full-time or 3 years full-time

UCAS Code:

BA (Hons) Music - W300
BA (Hons) Music (Song Writing & Performance) - W3F2 (4 Years), W302 (3 Years)

Benny Gallagher, Steve Levy, Andy McCluskey and Mike Walsh

Teaching Staff

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Martin Isherwood - Head of Music

Martin IsherwoodMartin has many years’ professional experience as a songwriter, producer, performer, sound engineer, manager, promoter and DJ and has been Head of Music at LIPA since 2001. He previously worked as a Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Salford from until 1999 where he also completed a BA (Hons) in Band Musicianship in 1992 and an MA in Compositional Studies in 1997.

Martin is currently a member of UK Music Skills Academy Founders Circle and is a former Board member of several music and arts companies including: the Brilliant Foundation Ltd; Inner City Music Ltd (The Band on The Wall); Bury Metro Arts Association Ltd (The Met Theatre) and has been active in many urban regeneration projects including roles such as an elected Board Member of the £120m Chapel Street (Salford) Regeneration Partnership Board and as a former member of Merseyside Music Development Agency. As part of his MA he conducted a 6 month study “City of Dreams”? Manchester’s Local Live Popular Music Scene - The Hype and the Reality, which led to him initiating and leading an Arts Lottery funded project and feasibility study into a North West Regional Centre for Popular Music.

Martin’s research interests include songwriting, songwriting pedagogy and Higher Education, popular music and urban regeneration, and songwriting and the DIY music industry. In 2014, he published research commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) ‘Sounding out Songwriting in Higher Education– An investigation into the teaching and assessment of songwriting in higher education’ and hosted an HEA funded seminar at LIPA ‘Teaching, Learning & Assessing Songwriting in Higher Education’.

Martin has featured on many songwriting and music industry panels at conferences and conventions, presented papers on song writing pedagogy at H.E conferences and has featured in a numerous TV and radio programmes, including a BBC feature on ‘Love me do’ in 2012, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Off the Page’ and a CBBC music talent programme ‘The Agents’. For the last 3 years he has also acted as a panel reviewer and judge for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

As a songwriter and producer, Martin won the BBC Song For Europe 2003 and also gained a UK number 15 chart hit and was awarded an Honour Finalist award in the 2006 Great American Song Competition.

Martin is currently completing a PhD by Professional Practice at the University of Bolton entitled ‘A Songwriting Manifesto’ centred around his songwriting and related music industry practice.

Tim Pike - Senior Lecturer in MusicTim Pike - Senior Lecturer in Music

Tim worked as a bass guitarist with bands performing original and extant jazz, funk and pop and has also recorded commercial session work in London studios. He has performed and toured in theatre pit gigs for both professional and amateur shows on bass guitar, double bass, oboe and saxophone. He has also performed orchestral gigs on double bass and oboe. Currently still gigging regularly, he is also an arranger and producer for various projects. He completed his MA in Popular Music Studies in 1995.

Helen Davies - Lecturer in MusicHelen Davies - Lecturer in Music

Helen has a PhD in Music and an MA in Popular Music Studies (distinction), both from the University of Liverpool.
As leader of The Context modules on the BA Music programme at LIPA, she teaches a wide range of current music contextual topics, issues and debates, combined with writing and research skills. Her key research interests are: music consumption; the roles of music in relationships; music and gender and sexuality.


Mat Flynn - Lecturer in MusicMat Flynn - Lecturer in Music

Mat lectures Professional Development, with a focus on developing the non-musical professional skills necessary to sustain a portfolio career in the music industries. Prior to, and during, his fifteen years on LIPA staff Mat has owned rehearsal studios, managed artists, advised creative industries business start-ups and ran an independent record label. He is currently researching a PhD exploring the impact of digitisation on recorded music.


Eddie Lundon - Lecturer in MusicEddie Lundon - Lecturer in Music

Eddie is a professional musician and founding member of legendary Liverpool rock group 'China Crisis', who have sold over seven million albums worldwide, each attaining gold and silver status. Eddie was influential in the success of the New Deal for Musicians course at LIPA before becoming a full-time lecturer at LIPA.



keith mullinKeith Mullin - Lecturer in Music

Keith Mullin is a professional musician and a member of pop group 'The Farm' who had a number one album, 3 top ten singles and five top twenty songs in the early 1990s. Keith established independent label Produce Records, successfully releasing and marketing The Farm's music until they signed with Sony in the UK and Asia and Warner in America.

Keith currently owns and co-manages independent record label Honey Records and has 25 years of experience in the music business and is still a practising professional.

Keith teaches on the music degree and has responsibility for various modules and subsequently operates several initiatives that link education to industry. In 2008 Keith acted as a consultant and advisor on a range of local projects for the Capital of Culture and ran several events at Sound City.

Keith completed a PG Cert LTHE in 2008, gaining a Distinction award after completion of an MA in Music Industry Studies in 2006. Subsequently, the PG Cert LTHE research was published in April 2009, in the 'Innovations in Practice Journa'l at LJMU. 

Steve Parker - Lecturer in MusicSteve Parker - Lecturer in Music

Steve is a graduate in Popular Music and Sound recording from University of Salford and has 20 years experience in the music industry. His career has encompassed session work, programming, engineering, mixing, producing, remixing, composition, songwriting and arranging. As a record producer he worked on releases for many UK major labels, had numerous top 40 single successes, attained a number of gold, silver and platinum album and single sales awards and has remixed releases by many international artists. Steve is involved in the delivery of production, songwriting and composition modules.

Dan Sanders - Lecturer in MusicDan Sanders - Lecturer in Music

Dan Sanders became a freelance musician after completing his degree in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University. His experience covers over 15 years of professional session musicianship, engineering, programming and production. His work as a Producer with Pete Waterman led to eleven platinum album awards, embracing styles ranging from pop, rock and dance to classical, including music for TV. Dan lectures on all aspects of Music Production at LIPA and is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Music Technology at the University of Leeds. 

Steve Berry - Teaching Fellow

Steve Berry - Teaching Fellow

Erroneously embarking upon a Fine Art degree, Steve was offered a gap year away from the course after his second year (1977), his Professors opining that "We think you might be a Musician".

Taking up double bass and moving to London in 1979, Steve undertook one year of Post-Graduate study at the Guildhall School of Music (in 1983), then went on to be a founder member of the 21-piece "Loose Tubes", a larger than life big band that sought to stray beyond the conventional boundaries usually associated with such ensembles.

The success of that band created an impetus that went on to seed many opportunities for Steve internationally, both as a player, composer and educator.

Technically Steve is now on his 38th gap year. It seems those Professors were onto something... 



No image availableClare Canty - Teaching Fellow

Clare started singing professionally while still at Salford University and has had many years experience as a gigging musician on the jazz circuit. She has worked as a studio session singer, live backing vocalist, radio DJ, and fronted Manchester dance act Lucid. With them she had worldwide record releases and the international dance music hit 'I Can't Help Myself' on DJ Pete Tong's London ffrr label.

Clare has taught singing to individuals and groups of all ages for more than 10 years. From songwriting workshops for primary school rappers to the LIPA a capella choir, Clare has a broad experience in music education and is one of just a handful of SLS (Speech Level Singing) qualified teachers in the UK. Outside of LIPA, Clare continues her own education in SLS and is a gigging, writing, and recording artist in her own right. 


Jim Faulkner - Teaching FellowJim Faulkner - Teaching Fellow

Jim is a professional freelance guitarist, working in a variety of genres and is a member of several bands. He has recorded sessions for the BBC and the Metier record label amongst others.

As a Jazz musician he has performed at many U.K Jazz Festivals including London, Brecon and Manchester. He regularly tours Europe, Scandinavia and the U.K with the Carpet Crawlers (Genesis tribute) and composes and performs with the World-Fusion band Unfurl. 


Christina McKenna - Assistant Lecturer Christina McKenna - Teaching Fellow

Christina began singing professionally from a young age, putting together her own band and arrangements for function gigs at the age of 15. Since then she has worked as a session musician and function performer, as well as with original material whilse gaining her BA in Music and Music Tech from Liverpool University. Christina also has a background in music promotion, working for numerous music venues around Liverpool.

Christina has been teaching vocals since 2006, studying a range of vocal techniques including Estill, Bel Canto, SLS and most recently VIP (Vocology in Practise). From teaching kids to sing and dance, to teaching professionals before a recording session, Christina's experience is wide-reaching and varied. She continues her own learning through her original material, songwriting and recording, and a PG Cert.


Visiting Professionals 


  • David Bowen
  • Carl Bowry
  • Peter Fairclough
  • Luke Flowers
  • Gethin Griffiths
  • Vidar Norheim
  • John Shepley
  • Martin Smith
  • Michael Smith
  • Paul Walker

We employ over 20 music industry professionals to deliver much of the vocal, instrumental and ensemble tuition, including some of the country’s top jazz musicians.