Work experience

Work experience
Sep 2007 - Present

Lecturer in Music

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Teaching and learning: involved in course delivery from undergraduate to masters level, in areas such as composition, harmony and counterpoint, orchestration, arranging, theory, and teaching musics of the world. Have taught on both MA Musical Theatre and Contemporary Performance Practice within the School of Drama. Experience of both assessing and moderating a wide range of modules. Tutor to a number of students within the School of Music.Curriculum development: Coordinator of the MMus programme, with responsibilities including course documentation, quality procedures, admissions, examining and resulting.Research: presented original research at a number of conferences (FIMPaC 2010, ICMSN 2007, RMA 2005). Composition ‘CIRCULARTHING’ published in Sauer, Theresa ‘Notations 21’. Organised and contributed to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Research Colloquia.

Mar 1988 - Present



Composer: originated a substantial body of highly original work using a wide range of forces and media, including solo, chamber, vocal, theatrical and orchestral works, electronic and multimedia pieces (fixed, interactive and performative), and works for unusual combinations and contexts. Current creative interests include irony, postmodernism, neo-Romanticism, livecoding, Indonesian gamelan, and junk electronics.Performer: formerly active as jazz trumpet player: also trombone, didgeridu, guitar, laptop, and home-made instruments. Currently engaged in establishing a chamber gamelan project and a solo electronic/experimental set.

Aug 1993 - Aug 2012

Lecturer in Music

Stevenson College Edinburgh

Teaching and learning: extensive experience in delivering a wide range of music courses, including Higher and Advanced Higher music, SQA and BTEC units (non-advanced and advanced), and university modules (Napier University and Abertay). Areas taught include performance, theory, sound recording, improvisation, orchestration, MIDI sequencing, composition, listening, contextual studies, creative music technology and aural analysis.Curriculum development: played a leading role in developing and designing the BTEC HND Music Performance programme, including selection of units, assessment and quality procedures, and working with external verifiers. Put in place standardised set of HND Merit and Distinction criteria. Worked with DTP unit to develop uniform templates for HND assignment briefs. Significant role in Abertay BA collaboration, writing two units and part of programme document.IT visionholder: since 2001 have taken effective responsibility for planning and implementing IT provision within music. Developed new computer suite on move to main campus, liaised closely with Computer Services Unit over specifications for Music Box provision, and oversaw software/hardware migration from PC/Windows to Macintosh. Pioneered the use of Desire2Learn (D2L) virtual campus, including writing and design of online versions of course handbooks.


Sep 2005 - Jul 2011

PhD in Composition

University of St Andrews
Sep 2001 - Jun 2002

TQFE (Postgrad)

University of Dundee
Aug 1997 - Aug 1999

FLCM in Composition

Self-directed study
Aug 1990 - Jun 1992

LLCM in Trumpet

Edinburgh Napier University


  • Inspiring music educator, with teaching experience across a broad range of subject areas and levels
  • Flair for developing modules, assessments and course materials, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Strongly engaged with information technology, as both creative platform and tool for teaching and learning
  • Professionally active as composer and performer


Cycling, foreign languages (Bahasa Indonesia, French, Dutch, German, Afrikaans), science fiction, birdwatching, origami.