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.