Bryden Stillie

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 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.

Bryden teaches a number of modules in the areas of Music Technology and Performance. His areas of specialism are transcription, live electronic performance, Logic X, music pedagogy and drum kit tuition for Year 3 and 4 students.

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.

Through an Edinburgh Napier Teaching Fellow grant Bryden is currently working with Edinburgh City Council Instrumental Services on a research project which explores how external partnerships and placements can enhance student experience.

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


External Advisorships:

University of Wolverhampton: BA (Hons) Performance Industries

Newcastle University: INTO and Graduate Diploma programmes in Music