Popular music is an art form that has dominated the headlines over the last sixty years. Understanding Popular Music tells the story of the many different styles, performers and instruments that have emerged since the term 'pop music' was first coined in the 1950s.
David Ventura read music at Edinburgh University, has taught music in Scotland, Lancashire, Liverpool and the Isle of Wight, and was director of music at Hereford Sixth Form College for fifteen years up until 2009. He has lectured nationwide on music technology and advised the UK Government on assessment in the National Curriculum for music at all key stages. He has acted as a consultant for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, was chair of the Southern Examining Group's GCSE panel, has examined for a number of boards, and has also run many teacher-training courses for Keynote Education. David has written a number of publications, including Film Music in Focus, co-authoring the Rhinegold KS3 Elements series, and numerous articles for Classroom Music magazine. He is a prolific composer and enjoys playing jazz piano.