Job title: Senior Lecturer, Music

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 4097


Research outputs: Dee Isaacs on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dee studied music at the University of Edinburgh and composition with Professor Nigel Osborne. Dee has been commissioned by and worked closely with a wide range of professional arts bodies throughout the UK, including Opera North, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Ballet, Share Music UK, and Creative Scotland.

In 2003 she was nominated for a British Composer Award for her mixed-ability chamber opera Festus, for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2006 she was nominated again for Suppose Life, a musical promenade through the glasshouses of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Dee continues to create immersive arts projects for children in landmark venues across the city of Edinburgh and internationally.

She has worked for the international children's charity War Child Amsterdam, establishing a creative and developmental arts programme for refugee children in the Republic of Georgia and more recently set up The Athens Project supporting children and families through music in camps in Attica.

She runs The Gambia Project in collaboration with Alla Leake Kunda Drum School - enabling students to have the opportunity to study West African Drumming, Song and Dance and to work in local schools.

Dee is a cellist and pianist and has been the recipient of a number of awards to enable her to travel and study cello with Torleif Thedeen and African vocal styles in Mali, The Gambia, Uganda and Senegal.

Dee is passionate about the creation of music and its wider value.

Music in the Community


World Music

Introduction to Community Arts

Research interests

  • Music in the community
  • Composition
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Community Arts

Research activity

  • Participatory Arts
  • Music theatre
  • Study of djembe drumming/dance and song in West Africa

Forthcoming projects

Postcards From Our World - The Athens Project; in collaboration with the Department of Music Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

One Place After Another; in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, March 2018.

PhD Supervision Topics

Community, Composition, Ethnomusicology, Sonic art

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