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Professional Experience

2021 - Reader in Music Production (Lecturer 2017-2018, Senior Lecturer 2018-2021) at the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
2021 - 2024Visiting Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
2019 -Guest Lecturer, Popular Music, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany
2017 - 2019 Guest Lecturer, Pop and Rock, Berne University of the Arts, Switzerland
2015 - 2017 Interim Professor of Music Education at Bielefeld University, Germany
2015 - 2016 Guest Lecturer in Music Theory at Muenster University, Germany
2012 - 2015 Lecturer and Course Leader in Music, INI Berufskolleg (Vocational College), Lippstadt, Germany
2011 - 2018 Guest Lecturer, Popular Music & Media, Music Education, Musicology, Paderborn University, Germany
2011 - 2013 Research Assistant, Popular Music & Media, Music Education, Musicology, Paderborn University, Germany
2006 - 2012 Lecturer and Course Leader of the Guitar Programme, Modern Music School, Brilon, Germany
2008 - Freelance musician, music producer, sound engineer and recording studio operator

Special Awards and Achievements

2023Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK and the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Germany for the project “Songwriting Camps in the 21st Century” (SC21) as Principal Investigator (with Prof Michael Ahlers & Dr Simon Barber)
2022Funding from the European Union (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK for the project “Extreme Metal Vocals: Musical Expression, Technique, and Cultural Meaning” (EMV) as Principal Investigator (with Dr Eric Smialek)
2022Funding from the European Union (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK for the project “The Impact of Digitization and Online Spaces on Women's Electric Guitar Practice” as Principal Investigator (initially as Co-Investigator) (with Dr Gabrielle Kielich)
2020Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the project “Heaviness in Metal Music Production” (HiMMP) as Principal Investigator (with Dr Mark Mynett)
2020Nomination as Times Higher Education “Research Supervisor of the Year” by the School of Music, Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield
2016Nomination for the Karl Peter Grotemeyer prize at Bielefeld University for outstanding achievements and personal commitment in higher education teaching
2014Master of Arts 1st class with distinction
2012Award for outstanding teaching at Paderborn University

Higher Education

2024 Habilitation (Higher Doctorate by Publication) in Musicology, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, GER
Commentary title: The Electric Guitar in Rock Music: Guitar Playing, Technology, and Culture and a portfolio comprising 3 books, 4 journal articles and 3 chapters (under examination)
2024 CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice, University of Huddersfield, UK
2023 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD by Publication) in Music, University of Huddersfield, UK
Commentary title: Metal Music in the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1980s and 1990s: Record Production, Industry, and Heritage and a portfolio comprising 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 chapters (download)
2018 Full member of the Audio Engineering Society (MAES)
2018 Certified Mental Health First Aider in Higher Education (MHFA England)
2016 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
2015 Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching (PGCHE), Paderborn University, Germany
Thesis: Communication and Construction of Knowledge in the University Lecture: A Quantitative Study on the Emergence of Knowledge through Communicative Lecturing Methods (translation)
2014 Master of Arts (M.A.) in Popular Music and Media (distinction), Paderborn University, Germany
Master's thesis: Distortion as a "Revolution" in Rock Music's Guitar Playing: An Experimental and Analytic Study on the Effect of Distortion on Playing Technique, Composition and Cognition (translation)
2014 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Popular Music Education, Paderborn University, Germany
Dissertation title: Network Sound: Listening, Culture, Practice. An Educational Challenge of Popular Music (translation)
2011 1. Staatsexamen (equals B.A. and M.Ed.) in Music and English, Paderborn University, Germany
Thesis: The Computer as a Tool for the Activity-Oriented Music Education (translation)
2006 Certificate, Guitar Programme, Los Angeles Music Academy, Los Angeles, USA
2005 Diploma, Guitar Programme, Munich Guitar Institute, Cologne, Germany