Dr Jo Miller

Jo’s long involvement in traditional music education and research includes the founding of the first UK conservatoire-based degree course in 1996 at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

In 1990 Jo set up Glasgow Fiddle Workshop while sharing Scotland’s first Traditional Arts Development post with Alison McMorland. In 2005 she started Riverside Music Project in Stirling along with local residents.

In 2017 Jo received the Hamish Henderson award for services to traditional music at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

I began my studies in Glasgow, with a BA in Music Education and a BMus. I then went to Edinburgh as an MLitt student, doing a study of music making in the Glenkens where I grew up, based on fieldwork with all age groups.

During the 1990s, first in Glasgow and then in Stirling, I brought up a young family and taught at the RSAMD. I returned to academic research at the University of Sheffield, where in 2016 I completed my PhD in the learning and teaching of traditional music.


Have a look at some of the projects Jo has been involved in.  From singing workshops, to community music projects, mentoring and more.