The BA (Scottish Music) degree began at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow in 1996 following 2 years of a consultation and validation process. The course was the first of its kind at a UK conservatoire training performers of Scottish traditional music not only for careers in performance and teaching but also opening the way to postgraduate study and further research. The first ten students – 6 women and 4 men – graduated from the then 3-year course in 1999 and this paper examines their careers in the 10 years since their first academic session.
This paper was delivered at the HEA PALATINE True North: Teaching the music of the Highlands and Islands in Higher Education conference at Perth College UHI on 13th to 14th Jun 2007. The conference aimed to gain an understanding of the state of the Scottish music industry in particular rock/pop traditional and the fusions thereof and its current and potential relationship to higher education providers in the region and the UK as a whole. It explored the particular nature diversity threats and opportunities presented to Scottish and in particular Highlands and Islands musicians in the 21st century.