Javier Romero Naranjo is a musicologist, a teacher of music, and a neuropsychologist who works as a university lecturer at the University of Alicante (Spain). He has taught more than 700 courses, in more than 20 countries, and is world renowned in the fields of teaching of rhythm and neuromotricity. He has a doctorate in Musicology from Alexander von Humboldt University in Berlin, where he specialized in early music and carried out his doctoral thesis on Baroque polychoral music under the direction of the musicology professor Hermann Danuser. His mentor throughout his development as a researcher and musicologist was Lothar Siemens, who encouraged him to move to Berlin in order to obtain the most complete training possible. While there he studied musicology and conducting both orchestras and choirs. Both Lothar Siemens and Rosario Álvarez are now joint directors and consultants on his musicological research in Germany.
At a young age, he travelled to Morocco and other countries in North Africa, and became interested in the music of other countries, mainly Senegal, Burkina Faso and Ghana. This led him to study a Master of Arts qualification in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland (USA) and another International Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology through the European University of Miguel de Cervantes. This was influenced by his family, as his mother is a special needs teacher and a speech therapist, and his brother Alejandro is a clinical psychologist and himself a musician.
He has spoken at important conferences, such as the ICOT in Bilbao, alongside world-famous speakers such as Howard Gardner, Edward de Bono, David Perkins, Mar Romera and Javier Bahón.
He is a university lecturer accredited by ANECA (Spanish National Agency for Quality Evaluation and Accreditation in Higher Education) and coordinates the doctoral courses on "Research in musical education and movement. Teaching of Body Percussion" at the University of Alicante.
He also gives seminars at universities and teacher-training centers, primarily in Japan, the USA, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Germany and Spain.
He has given lectures at important international conferences, such as "La Voce artística", led by Franco Fussi, Pavarotti’s speech doctor.
He is the author of various pieces of research published in prestigious research centres and universities, such as the Spanish Society of Musicology, the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Elsevier etc. Javier Romero is involved in seminars, as well as Master’s and PhD-level courses in various countries.
He directs various research projects within the university framework and has also been on the examining board of various doctoral theses. He has carried out fieldwork on movement in different cultures, mainly in Namibia, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa and Ethiopia.
He has led training in the USA at various universities, and has been interviewed on a range of American platforms. He has also delivered training at therapy centers in Jamaica.
His work has caught the attention of various media outlets, and he has been the subject of reports and interviews, including La Contra in "La Vanguardia", and has appeared on stations including TVE, RAI, Cadena COPE, RAC1 and Promar TV.
He has led training and delivered lectures in important Latin American schools, including EL SISTEMA in Venezuela, UNAM in Mexico, and UCR in Costa Rica.
In Asia, he has university-level training in Japan with classes to undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD-level students.
He also lectures on musical therapy, on the Neurorehabilitation Master’s course at the University of Barcelona and at the Guttmann Institut.
He has been the subject of reports in various media outlets, including "La Aventura del Saber" (in Spanish, with subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ1BhuRCE_g
He has delivered courses at "the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia", as well as at other American universities.
His current research centers on patients with Alzheimer’s as part of a study co-led by Ruth Gasparini, a neuropsychologist at Alicante General Hospital (Spain).
He reviews for various international research journals, and is a contributor to Educational Innovation groups, such as "TuInnovas", led by Javier Bahón.
He has given a TEDx talk in Italy, now found on an international platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKi5umerTAw
He is currently focusing on fieldwork in Namibia.
"My skin may be white, but I have always felt African at heart – perhaps because of my roots in the Canary Islands – and as such, my vision of movement and the body shows clear ethnographic influences. Whenever I go to Africa, I feel I "travel into the future", I feel that I’m completing my Master’s again every time I am with people there. My love for rhythm comes from there. I can’t hide my passion from anyone." – Extract from an interview with Javier Romero.
"A teacher does not just impart knowledge, but the love or the indifference that he has for his discipline"