Programme: Music - PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: September 2014

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Developing a preschool music improvisation programme through Action Research

Una’s career to date has multiple strands. As a double-bassist in a variety of musical areas, she has collaborated with pop and jazz musicians such as David Byrne, Rab Noakes and Keith Tippett among others. She has played with bass sections of orhestras such as Scottish Opera, BBC SSO and RSNO. As an improvising musician, she is a founder member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) and works on various projects with international improvisers such as Renee Baker (Chicago, AACM) and Satolo Fuji (Japan and Berlin)

Una is also a member of the inclusive contemporary music group Sonic Bothy, who recently won the Paritor Education award for New Music - which was part of the 2015 National Music Council Education awards.

Her teaching focus is to develop theory and methods in facilitating group improvisation and how can enable peoples’ creativity, agency and socio-musical communication. She is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland, working with both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research Interests

Music; Improvisation; Education; Creativity, Agency.


MacGlone, U. and R. A. R. MacDonald (2016). Learning to improvise, improvising to learn: a qualitative study of learning processes in improvising musicians. Creativity, Improvisation and Collaboration: Perspectives on the Performance of Contemporary Music. E. C. a. M. Doffman. Oxford, Oxford University Press.