John Verney completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Usha Goswami in June 2013. His thesis* entitled Rhythmic Perception and Entrainment in 5-year-old Children investigated how a teaching strategy pairing music and literacy can enhance performance in rhyme predictability and segmentation in young children. (See also *Appendices and Soundfiles).
Prior to Cambridge, John had studied at the Northern School of Music in Manchester, Chester College of Education, and Newcastle University. He was awarded a BPhil higher research degree for his dissertation on composition work with young violinists in 1990. John was previously an advisory teacher and assistant head of Northumberland County Music Service, and has written articles in music teaching and early years publications on linking music to early literacy and in composition. More recently he has given workshops at conferences and universities in the UK, Minnesota, and Switzerland on the use of music to help children with early literacy skills.