Professor Joshua Dickson
Professor Joshua Dickson
Professor Joshua Dickson

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Biography of Professor Joshua Dickson

Professor Joshua Dickson is and Alaskan born Head of Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

He arrived in Scotland in 1992 to study Scottish Gaelic at the University of Aberdeen (MA, 1996). Thereafter, undertook doctoral research in the history of the piping tradition of the southern Outer Hebrides at the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh (PhD, 2001), now published under the title When Piping Was Strong: Tradition, Change and the Bagpipe in South uist (John Donald, 2006).

Professor Joshua Dickson’s research interest.

According to sources, it’s was revealed that Professor Joshua’s PhD thesis was published under the title When Piping Was Strong: Tradition, Change and the Bagpipe in South Uist (John Donald, 2006). His anthology of piping studies, The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition, is published by Ashgate under its Popular & Folk Music series (2009).

Teaching commitment portrayed by Professor Joshua Dickson

He contributes broadly to the teaching of history and research skills across all academic levels, to Gaelic language and song studies and to the pibroch syllabus within the Highland bagpipe curriculum.
He is currently concerned with leading curricular reform which has helped position Scotland’s national conservatoire as distinctive in the UK and wider Europe in the field of tertiary-level traditional/folk music education.

His publications has brought to light the role of women in the inheritance and transmission of traditional Gaelic canntaireachd in Hebridean life via the journals Scottish Studies and Review of Scottish Culture (2013).

He has also been a postdoctoral fellow of Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, and acted as an assistant editor of peer-reviewed journal Scottish Studies.

Some publications by Professor Joshua Dickson include the following below

In 2006, When Piping Was Strong: Tradition, Change and the Bagpipe in South Uist. Edinburgh: John.

In 2007‘Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping: 1745 1945 by John G Gibson’. Review,Scottish Studies 34.

With the aid of J Decker Forrest, Professor Joshua also in 2009 publo6: ‘Piping in South Uist and Benbecula: a research journal, 21-27 November 2006’ in three parts, Piping Today 28-30.

In 2009, this was his last publication that year called, ‘Canntaireachd’ in Tocher 59, Edinburgh: Dept of Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Still in 2009, he published: ‘Tullochgorm transformed: a case study in revivalism and the Highland pipe’ in J. Dickson (ed) The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 191-219.

In 2012, he supervised ‘Pipe Music of the Clan MacLean by Lieutenant Colonel Donald MacLean and James Beaton’. Review, Piping Today 61: 29.

In 2012, he also supervised ‘Orality and Literacy as Interdependent Cultures: Remarks on the Development of Graded and Tertiary Syllabuses in Scottish Traditional Music’. Paper presented to the Symposium on Cross-Cultural Musical Encounters, Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

He made his last publication in 2012 With Celia Duffy: ‘Take it in, not to heart: making expectations of collaborative learning explicit’ in Helena Gaunt (ed) Collaborative Learning in Higher Education: Why, What and How?. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 205-11.

Apart from making publications and various paper reads, Professor Joshua Dickson was also a few honorary appointments, check then one of them below

•Between 2003-2008, he was appointed as the Assistant Editor, Scottish Studies (Edinburgh: Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh)

Doctoral supervision and examination by Professor Joshua Dickson

• He was the Convener of Examination Committee for PhD candidate Bethany Whiteside, ‘The Hidden Dancers: a Sociological Analysis of Participatory Dance Activity and Practice in Glasgow’, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2015.

• The Specialist External Examiner for PhD candidate Éamonn Costello, ‘Sean-nos singing and Oireachtas na Gaeilge: Identity, Romantic Nationalism and the Agency of the Gaeltacht Community Nexus’, University of Limerick, 2015.

• The Overseas Specialist External Examiner for PhD candidate Daniel Milosavljevic, ‘Piobaireachd in New Zealand: Culture, Authenticity and Localisation’, University of Otago, 2014.

• He was also appointed as the External Examiner of doctoral studies in progress: PhD candidate Nollaig O Fionghaile, ‘Sunesis: Investigations on an Evolving Aesthetic in Traditional Music’, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2013.

• And lastly, he was the Convener of Examination Committee for PhD candidate Lori Watson, ‘The New Traditional School in Scotland: Innovation, Beyond-Tune Composition and a Traditional Musician’s Creative Practice’, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2013.

I’m also proud to also inform you that Professor Joshua also supervised some PhD candidates, check them out below.

Andrew Bova (Competition Light Music in Highland Piping, 1947-2015)

Steven Graham (Pipe Band Snare Drumming)

Mohammed Amin Kashmiri (Revival of Persian Traditional Music)

Emma Tomlinson (The Viola in Scottish Traditional Music)

I hope you know have a brief understanding of who Professor Joshua Dickson is, his research works and contributions to various universities.
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