I teach popular music studies to predominantly undergraduate students from the Irish World Academy (along with some other UL and visiting students). I particularly love working with first year as it provides a great opportunity to engage with concepts and ideas dealing with identity, performativity, cultural capital, the music industry, and, of course, the politics of taste. We cover everything from Adorno to Nic Hornby, The Monkees and Spice Girls to Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, drawing upon critical and cultural theory, performance studies and fandom studies. Here I am ruminating on why music matters in the world and why you might like to come study with us at UL.
I teach ethnomusicology at the Irish World Academy. At the undergrad level, students learn the basics and how to do fieldwork ethically. At MA level, we study the history of the discipline, key concepts, fieldwork methods and ethnography, contemporary theoretical issues, and world, popular, and vernacular musics. There are plenty of practical components too, from weekly music ensemble to solo instrumental/vocal tuition in Irish/celtic musics. Final projects are either full dissertations or half dissertation half performance or ethnographic film, etc. You can read more about the programme here.
If you want to hear a little more about my work in ethnomusicology, I did a short podcast for the Irish Humanities Alliance which can be found here.
In Sept 2015 my colleague Colin Quigley and I hosted the first ever joint forum between two of the largest ethnomusicological societies – SEM (Society for Ethnomusicology) and ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music), as well as the 31st Annual ESEM (European Seminar in Ethnomusicology) conference. In July 2015, the Irish World Academy hosted the Bi-Annual ICTM World Conference.