July/August 2002

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 2

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 2

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 2

In the second part of her article, Ita Beausang charts the changes over the last century in music education in Irish schools and third level music education.

Published on 1 July 2002

Ita Beausang has recently retired from the School of Music and Drama in the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she held various teaching and administrative positions. Her research interests include music education in Ireland, Anglo-Irish music and music criticism.

Will the Real Composer Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Composer Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Composer Please Stand Up?

How does a young, or even a not so young, composer find their voice today? Is there a 'right' or 'wrong' way to go? Is one style more valid than another?

Published on 1 July 2002

Eric Sweeney is Head of Music at Waterford Institute of Technology where he lectures mainly in composition and contemporary music. As well as being a composer he is active as a conductor and organist.

Piano Concerto

Piano Concerto

Ronan Guilfoyle previews his Piano Concerto at the National Concert Hall on Friday 16th August, 2002, with Conor Linehan (piano) and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Laurent Wagner, conductor).

Published on 1 July 2002

Bass-guitarist Ronan Guilfoyle is a performer and composer and head of the Jazz Degree program at Newpark Music Centre, Dublin.

Silver on Silver Thrills Itself to Ice

Silver on Silver Thrills Itself to Ice

Reading recent debates in JMI, one could be excused for thinking that there must be a misunderstanding about the term ‘music’, argues Mark Patrick Hederman.

Published on 1 July 2002

Mark Patrick Hederman is a monk of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. He was a founding editor of the cultural journal The Crane Bag. His latest book is Anchoring the Altar: Christianity and the Work of Art.

Euro-Paddy Land

Euro-Paddy Land

Traditional music and the Irish diaspora in Europe.

Published on 1 July 2002

Desi Wilkinson is a musician and post-doctoral research-associate at UL. He is a recipient of an award from the IRCHSS (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences).

Knocking on the Castle Door: A Place for Traditional Music at Third Level?

Knocking on the Castle Door: A Place for Traditional Music at Third Level?

Making the case for traditional music as an independent area of study in the Irish education system.

Published on 1 July 2002

Fintan Vallely lectures in traditional music at Dundalk Institute of Technology. He is author of several biographical and ethnographic books on the music, and is editor of the A-Z reference work Companion to Irish Traditional Music.