DrPatrick Olsen


Dr Patrick Olsen

Lecturer, Music
Dr Patrick Olsen
  • AFHEA Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
  • PhD (Music), University of Cambridge, UK
  • MA Performance, The Irish World Academy, UK
  • BSc Psychology, Open University
  • BM Contemporary Writing & Production, Berklee College of Music, US


Encouraging creativity, diversity and collaboration, Patrick Olsen’s career has incorporated many music settings spanning jazz to traditional Irish folk music. Prior to joining LASALLE in 2020, he studied and worked professionally in the UK, Ireland and the US. Most recently he established Homerton Jazz, a modern performance-based music programme within the University of Cambridge that brought together student musicians with professionals. In Ireland, he toured Europe as a flute soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Irish Harp Orchestra, as well as the baritone saxophonist for internationally touring jazz and rock bands.

As a composer/arranger, Patrick has regularly received commissions and artistic residencies in Ireland and the UK for his distinctive contemporary and popular music creations and for developing community music programmes.

Professional Practice/ Research Output

Research Publications

  • Editor of Blue Light, the quarterly Journal of the Duke Ellington Society UK (2019–2020).


  • Relevance, Responsibilities and Potentials of a Jazz Music Society, Documenting Jazz Conference, Birmingham, UK (2020).
  • Improvisation Cultures within Formal UK Music Lessons, Homerton College Research Series, Cambridge, UK (2019).
  • Assessing Improvisation in the Curricula of Formal Graded Music Examinations, British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Northumbria University, UK (2018).
  • Recognising Specific Challenges in UK Pedagogical Culture for Performing Duke Ellington’s Big Band Repertoire, Annual Duke Ellington Study Group Conference, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK (2018). 
  • Assessing ‘improvisation’ inside and out of formal graded music examinations, British Forum for Ethnomusicology & Royal Music Association Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK (2018).
  • Tracing Jazz in British Secondary Music Curricula, Kaleidoscope Conference, University of Cambridge, UK (2017).
  • Looking for Love & Lift: a phenomenological investigation of performers in a touring Irish dance show, Colloquium at the Centre for Music Science & Faculty of Education, Cambridge, UK (2016). 
  • Using Spectrography to Investigate Relationships between Regional Accents & Tone Production, Arts Kaleidoscope, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK (2015).
  • Research Interest
    • Jazz and popular music studies.
    • Pedagogical cultures in music.
    • Music improvisation.
    • Sociocultural and phenomenological-framed research.
    • Traditional Irish music and Celtic folk styles.