Bryden Stillie

Bryden Stillie

MR Bryden Stillie SFHEA

Senior Lecturer


Senior Lecturer, School Academic Lead for Student Experience
Bryden Stillie lectures on the BA Popular Music honours degree programme. He is Senior Lecturer and the School Academic Lead for Student Experience in the School of Arts and Creative Industries. In 2012 Bryden was awarded Edinburgh Napier Teaching Fellow status in recognition of his commitment to developing innovative, student-centred teaching and learning experiences and in 2016 he gained Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

In 1992 Bryden joined the HND in Modern Musicianship course at Jewel and Esk Valley College where he studied drum kit with Drum Major Jim Walker and developed his interest in integrating technology into live performance, an area which he continues to explore today. He completed the BA Applied Music degree programme at Strathclyde University where he studied with Lachie Birch and graduated with 1st class Honours.

In 2001 Bryden returned to Strathclyde University to teach Honours level drum kit students. In the same year he joined Edinburgh Napier University as the drum kit instructor. Bryden worked for a number of years as an instrumental instructor in secondary schools and won the Yamaha Instrumental Instructor of the Year for Glasgow area in 2003.

As a drummer he has toured Europe and the Middle East with bands including Wolfstone and Stanley Odd and currently plays in one of Scotland’s most sought after function bands.

He is also currently researching the different pathways students take prior to accessing HE music education.

Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • External Advisor to the University of Newcastle INTO Partnership and Grad Diploma
  • External Advisor to the University of Wolverhampton during the setup of BA and FdA degrees (delivered in partnership with the Academy of Music and Sound) in Edinburgh and Glasgow


Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Invited Speaker

  • Scottish Association of Music Educators Technology Conference– Music Technology at National 5
  • International Society of Music Educators: Popular Music Education Special Interest Group
  • Electronic Drumkit Masterclasses



  • Member of the organising committee for joint Drum kit research seminar with Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh