Edel is a PhD student at the Department of Music, University College Cork. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Eva McMullan and Dr. Susan Young.
Her doctoral research is focused on early childhood music in Ireland. The working title of Edel’s PhD thesis is ‘Singing interventions in Irish early childhood classrooms: Supporting teachers' practices, self-confidence and skills’.
Edel has presented the preliminary findings of her research at academic conferences in Ireland (Early Childhood Ireland Online Research Symposium), the UK (Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children England Conference), Belgium (European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children Conference) and Greece (European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference).
Edel lectures at Munster Technological University (MTU) and at the MTU Cork School of Music. Her doctoral research is funded by MTU.