Rodrigo Constanzo

Module Coordinator – Popular Music Masters

BMus, MMus, PhD

Email: [email protected]

  • Planning, delivery, and oversight of the Musicianship strand.
  • Teaching and assessment across the whole Popular Music school (including undergraduate and postgraduate modules).
  • Assessment over Principal study and Repertoire modules.
  • Co-sitting various department meetings.
  • Booking and organizing masterclasses and visiting lecturers.

Deputy Head of Popular Music Rodrigo Constanzo is a graduate of University of Huddersfield, where he gained a PhD in Music Composition.

With over 20 years experience as a music educator Rodrigo is also an active performer, composer, and improviser, having performed at various national and international gigs, venues, and festivals.

Rodrigo also co-runs The Noise Upstairs, an improvisation-based organisation that seeks to provide a platform for musicians interested in improvisation by promoting monthly events for over 10 years in Manchester. In this capacity he has run and hosted a number of workshops, and works as engineer and graphic designer for a small artist-centric label.

Personal Website

Current and Future Research

Research topics include:

  • Open and improvised music
  • Computer assisted improvsation/performance
  • DIY instruments and hardware
  • Electronic extensions of the acoustic drumset

Undergraduate Teaching

  • DAW and Leadsheet writing
  • Songwriting & Arranging
  • Improvisation
  • Recording & Production for Musicians

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Contemporary Songwriting
  • Small Ensemble Performance

Publications

    Journal Articles

  • Rodrigo Constanzo, ‘Towards the beat of a different drummer: A journey into the loss of fidelity in drums and electronics’, Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, 2011 (2011), 532.