"Rod Paton - puts the 'hum' back into Human"


Dr. Rod Paton is a composer, workshop leader, horn player, singer and writer who specializes in improvisation, community music and the therapeutic applications of music.

He was educated at the University of Southampton before gaining a scholarship for postgraduate study at the Janacek Academy in Brno, in the former Czechoslovakia, studying composition and researching the relationship between the Czech language and the music of Leos Janacek.

He worked for a short time as a professional horn player before moving into teaching in further and higher education. His doctoral research at the University of Sussex focused upon the process of renewal in music and is strongly influenced by the psychological theories of Carl Gustav Jung.

He has composed six musicals, numerous scores for theatrical, dance and art performances and many jazz compositions including the large-scale Ascension Jazzmass , described in Jazz Journal International as “a moving testament to the human spirit at its open-hearted best.” 

In addition to a number of articles and book chapters, Rod has written two books, Living Music (2000), a set of essays and guidelines on improvisation and Lifemusic: Connecting People to Time (2011) which explores the archetypal properties of music, challenges cultural norms and advocates an inclusive, non-elitist philosophy of music and communities.

Over twenty years ago, he founded the Lifemusic initiative which, since its inception has provided hundreds of participatory workshops in a wide range of health and social care settings.