Tracy Jeffery
Associate Tutor in Education
School of Culture, Education and Innovation

Associate Tutor in Education

Tracy Jeffery teaches on the joint BA in Education Studies and the BA in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion programmes.  She joined Bishop Grosseteste University as a Visiting Tutor in 2010, after 7 years as a lecturer in F.E. her background in Language and Communication Impairment in Children and she has specialised in the use of music and singing activities in developing speech, language and communication. Tracy has worked as a music facilitator in a  range of educational stings and as an FE lecturer, she taught in the Functional Skills programmes and developed and led a programme that used music as a tool to develop communication skills in young people with learning disabilities.

Teaching

In Education Studies, Tracy is Module Leader for the Inclusion and Diversity module. She also has led and currently contributes to modules in the SENI programme. In terms of education, Tracy has a particular interest in SEN and in educational approaches that support personal development, as well as educational. She has a particular interest in aspects of music education and is a keen advocate of Kodaly and Dalcroze teaching methods.

Research

Tracy is completing a PhD at the University of Sheffield in Human Communication sciences. Her research focuses on the effect of cognitive load on voice and sound production in speech and singing in people with Down Syndrome.  Previous research investigated the potential of singing as a tool for developing speech intelligibility (MSc LACIC) and was presented to the Down Syndrome Research forum, 2010. As researcher, she has contributed to the BGU Evaluation Report for nasen’s ‘A Whole School Approach to Improving Access, Participation and Achievement’ (2012 and 2013). As lead researcher, she designed and conducted the ‘SongVoice’ research project for Soundlincs and ELDC (2012-2014), which investigated the effects of song-based musical activities on communication in school aged children with moderate-severe Learning Disabilities.

See http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hcs/staff/pgr/jeffery for further research details.