Dr Zack Moir

Zack Moir graduated from the University of the Highlands and Islands with a BA in Popular Music Performance in 2005.  He then completed a MMus in Musicology from the University of Edinburgh (2006) before completing his doctoral studies within the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, in the Reid School of Music (University of Edinburgh, 2011).  Zack has also completed a PGCert in Academic Practice (Moray House School of Education) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Zack teaches across a range of subjects including composition studies, community music, ethnomusicology, music psychology, research methods, and creative practice. His research interests are in popular music and jazz in higher education, popular music composition pedagogy, and the teaching and learning of improvisation. He has published on the topics of popular music pedagogy, popular music making and leisure, and popular music songwriting/composition.  Zack is also an active composer and performer with a strong interest in improvisation, data sonification, and music production.

Recent Publications:

Edited Volumes:

Smith, G. D., Moir, Z., Brennan, M., Rambarran, S., and Kirkman, P. (eds.) (2017) The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education, Oxon, Routledge

Moir, Z., Powell, B., and Smith, G. D. (eds.) (Forthcoming – expected February, 2019) The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education: Perspectives and Practices, UK, Bloomsbury.

Medbøe, H., Moir, Z., and Atton, C. (eds.) (2017) Continental Drift: 50 Years of Jazz from Europe (conference proceedings), UK, Continental Drift Publishing

Book Chapters:

Moir, Z. (2017) Popular Music Making and Young People: Leisure, Education, and Industry, in Mantie, R., and Smith, G.D. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure, Oxon, Oxford University Press

Moir, Z. (2017) Learning to Create and Creating to Learn: Considering the Value of Popular Music in Higher Education, in Williams J., and Williams, K. (eds.), The Bloomsbury Singer Songwriter Handbook, UK, Bloomsbury

Smith, G.D., and Moir, Z, et al. (2017) Popular Music Education (R)evolution, in Smith, G. D., Moir, Z., Brennan, M., Rambarran, S., and Kirkman, P. (eds.)The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education, Oxon, Routledge

Journal Articles:

Moir, Z. and Medbøe, H. (2015) Reframing popular music composition as performance-centred practice, Journal of Music, Technology & Education, 8: 2, pp. 147–161, doi: 10.1386/jmte.8.2.147_1

Medbøe, H., and Moir, Z. (2017) Promotion Anxieties: Jazz promotion on the local scene, Jazz Research Journal, 11(1).

ZM Studio Composition