Research areas within the Department of music
The Department of Music at University College Cork is one of Ireland’s largest, most dynamic homes for music research. There are 45 staff, 16 of whom are permanent appointments directing 340 undergraduates and 35 postgraduates in fields from composition to ethnomusicology and musicology to performance. Our collective work sustains a dual commitment to cutting-edge creative practice and critically aware scholarship. We nurture partnerships with scholars and creative communities across local, national and international networks and foster cross-disciplinary collaborations as well as research projects within our disciplines. Our faculty earn major research grants in ethnomusicology and musicology from funding bodies such as the European Research Council, are awarded composition and performance grants from Arts Council Ireland and others, and, in the field of Irish traditional music, regularly secure funding to host a performer in residence and launch and curate digital archives. Postgraduate students are awarded Irish Research Council Funding and present their creative and scholarly work at national and international conferences. In 2012, the Department launched a Research Affiliates Scheme to further expand UCC’s research network of music scholars and creative practitioners, and in recent years we have also developed new vitalities in popular music studies and digital multimedia composition.
In terms of research outputs, we publish monographs, edited collections, intermedial artworks and textbooks. We contribute book chapters and articles to top journals. We direct ensembles, record CDs, create audio-visual performances, and curate and maintain musical archives. Staff perform at local, national and international concerts and festivals and are regularly featured on the radio and internet podcasts. We serve as editors for top journals, external examiners at national and international institutions, keynote speakers at scholarly conferences, and featured clinicians at international music festivals.
Please visit our Research Page to learn more about our vibrant and welcoming research community.