The Department is a rich and thriving centre for research across the musical sub-disciplines. We sustain a dual commitment to cutting-edge contemporary practice and to critically aware scholarship that recognizes creative practice as research and written scholarship as performance in its own right. Taken together, our research extends across a wealth of conceptual, geographic, and historical fields and genres comprising Ireland’s most stimulating and interdisciplinary environment for the study of music.

Our staff are leaders in their respective fields, and we enjoy an international reputation for the impact of our work in:






Each area is pursued dynamically and with rigour, and involves outward-looking partnership and engagement with the wider public across the city, region, nation, and globe. International and cross-disciplinary collaborations are well established, and strongly underpinned by recent grant awards from funding bodies including the Irish Arts Council, European Research Council, Irish Research Council, China Education Ministry and Music Generation. We also share a commitment to applying research results to benefit real-life situations as well as to increase the sum of human knowledge.


Actively exploring the manifold relationships between musical practices and those who undertake them, we seek to develop and enrich the contribution that music makes to human life across our interconnected world.


Recent research outputs (books, articles, performances, compositions, etc.) include:

John Godfrey. hand tinted (2014) [World Premiere CD recording], for Quiet Music Ensemble and pre-recorded electronics, on The Mysteries Beyond Matter. Farpoint Recordings, 2015. further information

Juniper Hill. ‘An Introduction to Music Revival as Concept, Cultural Process, and Medium of Change,’ in Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. further information      

Melanie L. Marshall. ‘Voce bianca: Purity and Whiteness in British Early Music Vocality,’ Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 19 (2015).  further information.

Danijela Kulezic-Wilson. The Musicality of Narrative Film.  London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. further information

Paul O’Donnell. 2016. CD: POD, Light and Shade -- Ten original compositions featuring, Niwel Tsumbu (Africa) - Guitar, Peter Erdei (Hungary) - Bass, Nick Roth (UK) - Saxes, Eamon Cagney (Ireland) - Percussion.  further information

J. Griffith Rollefson. ‘‘He’s Calling His Flock Now’: Black Music and Postcoloniality from Buddy Bolden’s New Orleans to Sefyu’s Paris.’ American Music Vol. 33, No. 3 (Special Issue: Transatlantic Perspectives), ed. Glenda Goodman (Fall 2015). further information

Jonathan Stock. ‘Asia/China, Taiwan, Singapore, Overseas Chinese’ in Jeff Todd Titon, ed., Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples, 6th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2015. further information

Jeffrey Weeter. Music in the Time it Takes for a Tornado to Strike. Multimedia Composition. Premiered Kunsthaus Zürich, 1-2 November 2014. further information


Contact Details

Departmental Research Committee:

            Griff Rollefson (chair),

            John Godfrey,

            Jeffrey Weeter,

            Jools Gilson,