Zack Moir

Zack Moir

Dr Zack Moir BA MMus PhD PGCAP SFHEA

Associate Professor

Biography

Zack Moir is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Applied Music Research Centre. His research interests are in popular music in higher education, popular music composition pedagogy, and the teaching and learning of improvisation. He has published on the topics of popular music pedagogy, music in higher education, popular music making and leisure, popular music songwriting/composition, and real-time interactive networked performance. Zack is also an active composer and musician performing as a soloist and in ensembles internationally. Recent composition works include pieces for saxophone and tape, solo cello, and a reactive generative sound art installation at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Conference Activity

  • Conference Organiser - Continental Drift: A century of jazz on record
  • Conference Organiser - Continental Drift: 50 Years of Jazz from Europe

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editor of the Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education: Perspectives and Practices
  • Editor of the Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education
  • Journal of Popular Music Education - Editorial Board Member

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner for MMus Popular Music , Royal Northern College of Music
  • External Examiner for the INTO Graduate Diploma in Music, Newcastle University
  • External examiner for MMus Popular Music Performance, Academy of Music and Sound
  • External Examiner for MMus Popular Music Performance, University of West London

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Invited Speaker

  • We Are NOT Neutral: A Freirian Critique of (Popular) Music in Higher Education (January 2020)
  • Moir, Z. & Stillie, B. (2019) Haphazard Pathways: Routes to Higher Popular Music Education and Impact on Curricula Design. Presented to City of Edinburgh Council Instrumental Music Service. 7th January 2014
  • Stillie, B & Moir, Z. (2019) The development of new Scottish music qualifications. Presented to City of Edinburgh Council Instrumental Music Service. 8th January 2019.

 

Media Activity

  • Newspaper Report Publicity for 'IDDM' (Composition) in The Scotsman
  • Radio Interview for 'IDDM' (Composition) - BBC Radio Scotland
  • Newspaper Report Publicity for 'IDDM' (Composition) in The National
  • 'Featured Thinker' - LILA Interactions (Indian Magazine Site)
  • National Newspaper Coverage for Transatlantic Interactive Music Making Project - The Hearld
  • National TV Coverage for World's First Real-Time Transatlantic Interactive Recording Session - ITV News

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Association for Popular Music Education - Elected Member of the Board of Directors
  • Association for Popular Music Education (Member)
  • Art of Record Production (Member)

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • 'Your Feedback is Important to Us' - Interactive Sound Art Installation at Edinburgh International Science Festival

 

Reviewing

  • Arts and Humanities in Higher Education
  • Journal of Music, Technology & Education (Book Reviewing)
  • Journal of Popular Music Education (Reviewer and Editorial Board Member)
  • Journal of the Art of Record Production (Reviewer)

 

Date


95 results

A Good Pair of Ears: Conceiving of and developing aural skills in popular music education

Book Chapter
Stillie, B., & Moir, Z. (2021)
A Good Pair of Ears: Conceiving of and developing aural skills in popular music education. In K. D. Cleland, & P. Fleet (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Aural Skills Pedagogy: Before, In and Beyond Higher Education. New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429276392-18
When musicians and music educators consider aural training, many of us have a tendency to imagine students transcribing melodic dictation, identifying chord progressions, inte...

Low-latency Networked Music Collaborations: Does ‘good enough’ do enough good?

Journal Article
Dylan Smith, G., Moir, Z., Ferguson, P., & Davies, G. (2020)
Low-latency Networked Music Collaborations: Does ‘good enough’ do enough good?. Journal of Network Music and Arts, 2(1),
LoLa is a cutting-edge technology that enables low latency, real-time collaborations across vast distances using high-bandwidth, low-jitter networks. It has the capacity to tr...

Found Sounds: Music from The Mundane

Book Chapter
Moir, Z. (2020)
Found Sounds: Music from The Mundane. In A. P. bell (Ed.), The Music Production Cookbook: Ready-made Recipes for the Classroom. New York: Oxford University Press (OUP
This recipe encourages learners to develop their critical and analytic listening skills by seeking and recording sounds in their environment as a basis for music composition. ...

Free Improvisation As Radical Musicing in Higher Popular Music Education: Community, Belonging, and Dialogic Space

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z. (2020, August)
Free Improvisation As Radical Musicing in Higher Popular Music Education: Community, Belonging, and Dialogic Space. Paper presented at International Society for Music Education World Conference, Helsinki
Moir, Z. (2020, August). Free Improvisation As Radical Musicing in Higher Popular Music Education: Community, Belonging, and Dialogic Space. Paper presented at International S...

Piloting ‘Creative Musicianship’ in Scotland: An analysis of the experiences of students and teachers

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z., & Stillie, B. (2020, August)
Piloting ‘Creative Musicianship’ in Scotland: An analysis of the experiences of students and teachers. Paper presented at International Society for Music Education World Conference, Helsinki
Secondary music courses in Scotland currently do not provide applicants with the necessary knowledge, understanding or skillsets to be able to engage with music study at HE. B...

Social Inequalities in Music Education: Whose Problem?

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z. (2020, July)
Social Inequalities in Music Education: Whose Problem?. Paper presented at Association For Popular Music Education World Conference, Edinburgh
Moir, Z. (2020, July). Social Inequalities in Music Education: Whose Problem?. Paper presented at Association For Popular Music Education World Conference, Edinburgh.

Free Improvisation as Radical Musicking: Community, Belonging, and Dialogic Higher Popular Music Education

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z. (2020, July)
Free Improvisation as Radical Musicking: Community, Belonging, and Dialogic Higher Popular Music Education. Paper presented at Association for Popular Music Education World Conference, Edinburgh
Moir, Z. (2020, July). Free Improvisation as Radical Musicking: Community, Belonging, and Dialogic Higher Popular Music Education. Paper presented at Association for Popular M...

Trying Something New: Student and teacher responses to the pilot of an alternative secondary music curriculum for Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z., & Stillie, B. (2020, July)
Trying Something New: Student and teacher responses to the pilot of an alternative secondary music curriculum for Scotland. Paper presented at Association for Popular Music Education World Conference, Edinburgh
Moir, Z., & Stillie, B. (2020, July). Trying Something New: Student and teacher responses to the pilot of an alternative secondary music curriculum for Scotland. Paper present...

Piloting ‘Creative Musicianship’ in Scotland: An analysis of the experiences of students and teachers

Journal Article
Moir, Z., & Stillie, B. (in press)
Piloting ‘Creative Musicianship’ in Scotland: An analysis of the experiences of students and teachers. Journal of Popular Music Education,
Moir, Z., & Stillie, B. (in press). Piloting ‘Creative Musicianship’ in Scotland: An analysis of the experiences of students and teachers. Journal of Popular Music Education.

Ignorant Populists

Digital Artefact
Moir, Z. (2020)
Ignorant Populists. [https://open.spotify.com/album/2GfAPBIUTkp9Ykntx0UiHN?si=LypQjQUtSxml7cMUDkC6oA]
Moir, Z. (2020). Ignorant Populists. [https://open.spotify.com/album/2GfAPBIUTkp9Ykntx0UiHN?si=LypQjQUtSxml7cMUDkC6oA]

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (£8777)
  • Devolved Researcher Award (£1680)
  • Higher Education Academy Workshop and Seminar Grant (£750)

Current Post Grad projects