PhD in Ethnomusicology – University College Cork, Ireland (CACSSS PhD Excellence Scholar)
Supervisors: Dr. Tríona Ní Shíocháin and Professor Jonathan Stock
Thesis Title: Old World, New Sound: Oral-Aural Traditional Practices, Modernity, and the Improvisational Impulse in Irish Traditional Music
Project Description: Contemporary Irish traditional music performance encompasses a range of performance styles – from the re-creative, ‘straight-ahead’ traditional performances to the highly improvisational and exploratory. This research explores the creative processes involved within this range of performance styles and how immersive learning contexts help to develop those creative processes. The project seeks to develop our understandings of the development of musicianship and creative practices within Irish traditional music in modernity, through discourse with contemporary musicians.
Biography: Kaylie Streit is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at University College Cork. She is from Lancaster, New York, U.S.A. and completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at State University of New York at Potsdam, New York, U.S.A. (SUNY Potsdam), where she received a Kilmer Grant and Apprenticeship to research the use of eclectic styles for strings and improvisation in the youth string orchestra setting. She was a music educator in New York State for a year, where she taught orchestra, general music classes, and band. Since she has moved to Cork and received a Master of Arts from University College Cork with First Class Honours for research on creative processes of cellists who perform Irish traditional music. Her current research focuses on creative practices, composition in performance, and oral transmission processes of instrumentalists in Irish traditional music.