Teaching & Educational Consultancy







Teaching in Higher Education

Previous teaching at the University of Manchester, Kingston University London and City University London included modules in music theory, critical listening, composition (instrumental and studio), film music, collaborative practice and acoustic communication.

At RCS I teach in areas of music history (primarily 20th and 21st Century), practical musicianship, film music, sonic arts and music research.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in areas of electroacoustic composition, sound art, interdisciplinary and/or site-specific practice, music technology pedagogy and the aesthetics and performance practice of electronic music.


Schools and Outreach (UK and International)

Experience London_Guangzhou

With Regional Education Agents at the ‘Experience London’ Roadshow Event, Guangzhou, China, 2015.

My initial teaching experience was gained working as a peripatetic music instructor in schools across the West of Scotland. I also trained as a workshop leader with Sonic Arts Network (now Sound and Music) and led workshops as part of the ‘Sonic Postcards‘ project between 2005 and 2008. From 2008 to 2009 I worked at Sheffield Music Academy, a specialist music centre for talented young musicians. I established strong links with schools and colleges through my work as an Admissions Tutor at Kingston University and City University London.

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With students and regional music teachers at Huafu school, Gruangzhou, China, after delivering a talk and performance workshop, 2015.


External Examining and Education Consultancy

  • External Subject Specialist (Music), Bath Spa Music Subject Review, January 2017.
  • External Examiner, University of Essex (BA Music Performance, Production and Composition delivered at South Essex College) 2014 – present
  • External Examiner, University of Derby (MA Music Production) 2012-16
  • Vice-Chair of the Course Board for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 2013-15
  • External Examiner, Colchester Institute (BA Film Music and Soundtrack Production) 2014-15
  • External Subject Specialist (Music Technology), University of Derby MA Programme Review, 2012
  • PhD Examining: City University London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, University of Birmingham, University of Southampton, Liverpool Hope University (MPhil examiner).
  • Higher Education consultant for Edexcel and WJEC (A level music and music technology), 2013.


PGCE (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education), Kingston University, 2010, leading to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
PhD in Composition (AHRC funded), University of Manchester, 2010
MMus in Composition, Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now RCS), 2006
PGDipMus in Composition, Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now RCS), 2005
BA (Hons) in Musical Studies (with endorsement in instrumental teaching), Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now RCS), 2004.