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Name: Diljeet Kaur Bhachu

PhD Title: All music, music for all: Exploring a creative approach to musical learning that is accessible to all

Department: Reid School of Music

Supervisors: Prof Raymond MacDonald & Dr Nikki Moran

E-mail: d.k.bhachu@sms.ed.ac.uk



Diljeet Bhachu is a PhD research candidate in Music at the University of Edinburgh, funded by the AHRC through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. Prior to this, Diljeet completed an MSc in Applied Educational and Social Research and a BA in Applied Music, both at the University of Strathclyde, where she developed an interest in music education, completing two research projects looking at memorisation skills, performance anxiety and performing, teaching and learning experiences. Diljeet also works as a freelance musician, and is a practitioner and researcher in inclusive arts settings. Her PhD will draw on the influence of her practice, to explore and develop the potential use of community music principles for Primary classroom music activities that are accessible to all learners and teachers.


Research Interests

Equality, diversity and inclusion in music education and the wider music industry; decolonisation of music education; representation of women of colour in academia and the creative industries.


Invited Lectures & Conference Presentations

Bhachu, D. (2016) Exploring Scottish generalist teachers’ experiences with and perceptions of music education. International Society for Music Education World Conference, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 24th-29th July 2016

Bhachu, D. (2016) Learning to facilitate musical learning: exploring the journeys of inclusive music practitioners. Community Music Activity Commission, International Society for Music Education World Conference, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh, 19th-22nd July 2016

October 2015 AHRC North West Consortium PG Conference, Keele University

October 2015 Sempre PG Study Day

May 2015 Symposium of the Paradigms of Teaching Musical Instruments in the 21st Century IV, University of Evora, Portugal.

October 2014 Sempre PG Study Day


Poster Presentations

Bhachu, D. (2016) Exploring the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and experiences of facilitators of musical learning. Poster Session presented at the Scottish Association for Music Education 20th Annual Conference, University of Stirling, Stirling, 1st-2nd September 2016

Bhachu, D. (2016) Learning to facilitate musical learning: exploring the journeys of inclusive music practitioners., Poster Session presented at the International Society for Music Education World Conference, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 26th July 2016


Funding Awarded

2016 – SGSAH Cohort Development Funding

2015 AHRC Conference Travel bursary

2014-2017 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

2011-2012 Carnegie Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary



 Sept –Dec 2016, University of Edinburgh: Research Methods in Music (MUSI10066)

Aug 2016, University of Aberdeen: But… I’m Not a Social Scientist! Exploring Qualitative Research in the Arts and Humanities (2-day workshop, funded by SGSAH Cohort Development Fund)



Friday 23rd September – Herland: Silverwear, Glasgow Women’s Library


Group Organisation

Collect:if – a network at Glasgow Women’s Library for BAME Women Creatives



2016 SGSAH Theories of Knowledge Essay Competition (£250)

2015 SGSAH KETIC “Core Skills” working group

2014 – 2016 SGSAH Knowledge Exchange, Training and Industries Committee (KETIC)

2014-2016 Musicians Union Regional Committee Member (Scotland and Northern Ireland)

2014-2016 SGSAH Doctoral Researcher Committee (DRC)

2011 Lord Stone Award for Excellence in Honours Project