Students are taught by a dedicated team of staff who are composers, musicologists, performers and teachers (see individual staff profiles and research pages). Although Music is a relatively small department, in 2013 two members of staff were nominated by our students for a Teaching Award for Excellence. The Music Education team is led by Pauline Black, who spends one day per week working in local schools in order to bring that experience to her teaching on the Education programme. Chris Gray heads up the Music and Communities team and brings his experience of working with many diverse communities, as well as being a professional conductor with Scottish Opera, both to his teaching and to his work directing the University’s Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra.
Our team of visiting instrumental and vocal tutors includes many with professional performance experience either as soloists or orchestral players. Students receive 20 hours of individual tuition per year (equivalent to about 1 hour per week).
Music Education students divide this between their main instrument and the piano for the first two years; students on the other programmes may opt to study one instrument or to divide the time between two. As well as instruction on voice, orchestral and keyboard instruments, we also provide tuition in Scottish traditional instruments such as bagpipes and fiddle.
There are also opportunities to work with eminent performers and composers from outside the city who come regularly to the department (see the section on Visiting Fellows in Performance and Composition), as well as to participate in masterclasses and workshops given by performers visiting the University to give recitals. In particular, students have the opportunity to work with external expert guidance on early instruments.