About Nick

Nick Sorensen is a writer and musician with a particular interest in applying his knowledge and skills of musical improvisation to support personal and professional development. He is a skilled workshop facilitator and is equally adept at working with musicians, teachers, leaders and writers.

His extensive educational experience includes over 25 years working in secondary schools where he has held a range of teaching and leadership roles. From 1997 to 2003 he was the headteacher at St Laurence School in Wiltshire, which became a Performing Arts College in 2000.

From 2007 to 2019 he worked at Bath Spa University becoming Assistant Dean and Associate Professor in the School of Education from 2011 to 2019. He was awarded a PhD in 2014 for his thesis “Improvisation and Teacher Expertise: a comparative case study”.

His current projects include completing his book The Improvising Teacher for Routledge (due 2022), collaborating on a research project investigating the significance of silence in music and performing with the Nick Sorensen Quartet.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Bath Spa University, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council peer review council.