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Miss Moira Summers

Programme Leader Music Education

Contact Details

Tel: 0141 330 3028 | Email:

Room 253 (Level 2)

St Andrew’s Building

Eldon Street,

Glasgow  G3 6NH


Moira Summers has extensive experience as a Music Educator.  She spent five years as a Secondary Teacher of Music for East Renfrewshire Council before moving to Orkney in 1984 and taking up a post of Itinerant Teacher of Music.  Although based in Stromness Academy for two days per week, Moira travelled round the Orkney mainland and islands teaching class music to Early Years and Primary schoolchildren.  In 1990 Moira was promoted to Guidance Teacher in Stromness Academy then became Principal Teacher of Music there in 1994.

It was during her time in Orkney that Moira developed her love of Traditional Scottish Music, playing with the West Mainland Strathspey & Reel Society, teaching fiddle on a Saturday as a tutor for the Orkney Traditional Music Project and collecting and writing down traditional Orkney tunes which were eventually published in a book in 2001.

Moira joined the University of Glasgow in 2004 and since then has had various responsibilities in the School of Education, including PGDE Assessment Officer, Expressive Arts Co-ordinator and since 2010 as the BEd Music Programme Leader, a jointly run undergraduate degree with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Research Interests

  • Music Education
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Traditional Scottish Music
  • Inclusion & Social Justice
  • Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL) through the Arts and Music Technology

Current Projects

  • National and International aspects of Music Education with the University of Music and Performing Arts, Leipzig
  • Innovative Working and Partnership in Music with St Paul’s Primary School, Glasgow City Council

Teaching and Learning

Moira is Programme Leader for BEd Music and prepares students for School Experience placements in all four years of the programme.   She teaches Primary Music on the BEd Primary Programme and the PGDE course ‘Learning and Teaching in the Primary School’.

Moira has a keen interest in Music Technology and has established a Music Technology Centre in the School of Education with Associate Tutor Lori Ramsay.

Academic and Professional Memberships

  • General Teaching Council of Scotland – member
  • Scottish Association for Music Education (SAME) – committee member
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) – Visiting Assessor & Higher Listening Marker
  • University & College Union (UCU) – member


Artistes in Initial Teacher Education Project

Scottish Arts Council, 2005

Project Leader, £25k


Foundation Stone, Collaborative Arts Project

Scottish Arts Council, 2010

Joint Project Leader, £10k


Summers, M. (2001) (ed) The Orkney Collection; 55 tunes from the Orkney Isles – Orkney Traditional Music Project. Orkney: The Orcadian Ltd

Additional Information

Moira started to learn the violin at the age of nine and now plays with the amateur orchestra Glasgow Sinfonia.   She is a qualified Piano teacher and enjoys playing and teaching Guitar and Bass Guitar.    Moira is currently learning to play the Ukulele and hopes to add this popular instrument to music courses soon.