Lecturer in Music

Andrea Rushton is a lecturer in Music focusing particularly on voice studies and performance.  Her work has evolved through a diverse portfolio career, which spans a breadth of experience that richly informs her current roles.  Beginning as a gigging and recording musician performing as a solo singer/musician/songwriter and with various rock, pop and electronic bands; as a session singer and fronting her own projects she developed skills in improvisation, (through extended sessions as part of her creative process, as well as in live performances), composition, songwriting and production.

She has given classical and contemporary performances as flautist, clarinetist and vocalist; is a choir director, workshop leader, lecturer and teacher of instrumental and vocal techniques. From the early 1980's to the present she has maintained a fascination for working creatively with sound technologies, making these an integral part of her work. She holds an MA in Contemporary Music and a PGCHE. Alongside her creative work she had her own private music tuition business teaching 40 students a week for more than a decade before moving into teaching in Higher Education in 2007.  She began lecturing at Falmouth University in 2010 when AMATA was first opened and from 2014-2016 held the role of course co-ordinator for Music Theatre at the same time she was lecturing in Music.  Now teaching exclusively on the music courses, she is always striving to infuse her students’ experience with a passion for musical exploration and growth.

Contact details

Telephone 01326 255911



Year Qualification Awarding body
2007 MA Contemporary Music Plymouth University
2012 PGCHE Falmouth University

Membership of external committees

Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Research interests include music performance psychology, the connection between ritual, music and voice; Jungian and depth psychology in music, sound, text and song; cross cultural voice studies and music education.

Researcher, choir director, performer: Online Orchestra led by Professor Mike Rofe.  Solo vocalist on Jim Aitcheson’s Re-Tracing (Truro Cathedral performance).  (2014/15)

Research Topics

  • Performance
  • Voice.

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Standen, Verity

    (2016), HUG, In: HUG, Monday 18th to Thursday 21st July 2016, Tobacco Factory Bristol 2016.
  • Stringer, Gary

    (2016), Reef In St. Ives, In: Reef Concert, 3rd March 2016, Electric Ballroom, Camden, London. NW1 8QP
  • Rofe, Michael, Prior, David, Reuben, Federico, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Falmouth University

    (2015), The Online Orchestra: Connecting Remote Communities through Music, In: Online Orchestra, 12th July 2015, Truro Cathedral
  • Waite, Simon

    (2023), Audiovisual Music Production: Influence of the Natural World on Process and Works, In: N/A, N/A, Penryn, Cornwall


2016 Performances in Verity Standen’s HUG: as one of the lead vocalists in the Bristol Tobacco Factory performances


2015 Live recordings and performances with rock band Reef at The Guild Hall, St. Ives and London’s Electric Ballroom (2016), Camden. Director of and performer in 13 voice Choir (made up of Falmouth music students).


2015 Performances in Verity Standen’s HUG: Edinburgh Festival


2015 Researcher, Choir Director, Performer: Online Orchestra led by Professor Mike Rofe. Solo vocalist on Jim Aitcheson’s Re-Tracing (Truro Cathedral performance).


2012 Commissioned to compose and record a 40 minute piece of music for entrainment, relaxation technology company brainLight.


2009 Skin on Skin conceptual acousmatic piece with process-focused article A Soundscape of Touch commissioned and published by arts magazine publication Stimulus Respond. http://issuu.com/stimulusrespond/docs/skin


2008 Collaboration with Danish dancer/choreographer Ellen Kilsgaard. Composition and live performance of soundtrack (for solo electric guitar and voices) for performance pieces: Wave Collision and Experiments in a Relational Field. Dartington College of Arts.


2006 Commissioned by Canadian Artist, Ed Pas to compose soundtrack for his short art documentary film: Crossroads.


Areas of teaching

  • Voice
  • Vocal studies
  • Songwriting
  • Contemporary Music
  • improvisation
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Performance
  • Dissertation supervision.

Courses taught

  • BA (Hons) Music
  • BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

I am currently working as a consultant for Cornwall Music Hub.