John Howard was born in 1950 in Glasgow, and is active as a composer, music educator/musicologist and conductor. He read music at the University of Durham and subsequently received his Ph.D there. He studied composition with David Lumsdaine.
Music education publications inclue several articles for Music File, two books for Cambridge University Press and two secondary school textbooks for Singapore(Exploring Music 1 & , Pansing Books). His interest in Chinese music has produced a number of related papers, including Fusion or con-fusion, composing for Chinese Orchestra, in the symposium of the ISME, 1992. Recent work includes a contribution to the symposium related to David Elliott's work, to be published by OUP(New York) and a major review in the British Journal of Music Education 2001.
His music has been performed in Australia, UK, Hong Kong, USA, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Israel, and Singapore. As of August 2000, he became Head of Research/Manager of Exams at the London College of Music & Media, Thames Valley University and is currently the Director of Examinations there.