The Department is a rich and thriving centre for research across the music disciplines. We sustain a dual commitment to cutting-edge, contemporary creative practice in composition and performance and to critically aware scholarship couched in the written and the spoken word. Our work explores the qualities and character of human experience, offering solutions to real-life challenges and adding to the store of human imagination and knowledge. Extending across a wealth of conceptual, geographic, and historical fields and genres, the Department comprises Ireland’s most open-minded, stimulating, diverse and interdisciplinary environment for the study of music.

Many of our staff are leaders in their respective research fields, and we work alongside a team of research affiliates and tutor numerous research students. Collectively, staff, affiliates and students enjoy an international reputation for the impact of their research in (and in-between):






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 Arts Council of Ireland, European Research Council, Irish Research Council, China Education Ministry and Music Generation.

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.


Selected recent staff research (books, articles, performances, compositions, etc.):

Michelle Finnerty. “Interpreting the musical cultures of children in Ireland: an ethnography exploring children’s perspectives and voices in middle childhood experiences in Cork.” University College Cork & St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University: PhD Thesis, 2016.  further information

John Godfrey, as director of Quiet Music Ensemble. ‘Medytacjes’, Sacrum Profanum Festival, ICE Conference Centre, Krakow, Poland, 1 October 2017. David Toop, night leaves breathing (Polish premiere); Alvin Lucier, Shadow Lines (Polish premiere); Rishin Singh, Grisaille No. 1 (World Premiere); Jennifer Walsh, Dordán and An Gleacht (Polish premiere); Pauline Oliveros, The Mystery Beyond Matter (Polish premiere).  further information 

Alexander Khalil. “The Gamelan Project: teaching, playing with, and learning from American schoolchildren playing Balinese gamelan,” in Performing Indonesia, eds. Andrew McGraw and Sumarsam (Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2016 [online publication]).  further information

Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby. “‘twas Tír na nÓg itself’: The Muckross Music Collection: Fieldwork in North Kerry 1980-1990,” Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies 54/2 (2016): 132-161.  further information

Tríona Ní Shíocháin. Singing Ideas: Performance, Politics and Oral Poetry. Oxford and New York: Berghahn, 2018.  further information

Paul O’Donnell. 2017. Thin Lines, featuring Paul O’Donnell (piano, composer) with Niwel Tsumbu (guitar, percussion), Matthias Schriefl (trumpet), Nick Roth (sax), Thomas Gall (drums), Peter Erdei (bass). Cork: [CD] PD003.  further information

Lijuan Qian. Kuanrongde zhuliu: Zhongguo bashi niandaide liuxing gequ (A Tolerant Mainstream: Pop Song in 1980s China). Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2016.  further information

Jillian Rogers. “Ties that Bind: Music, Mourning, and the Development of Intimacy and Alternative Kinship-Networks in World War I Era France,” in Music and War in Europe from the French Revolution to World War I, ed. E. Jardin, 415-443. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2016.  further information

J. Griffith Rollefson. Flip the Script: European Hip Hop and the Politics of Postcoloniality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.  further information

Jonathan Stock. “Violence.” Music and Arts in Action 6/2 (2018): 91-104: Special Issue: Keywords for Music in Peacebuilding; 7,515 words.  further information


Contact Details

Departmental Research Committee:

            Jonathan Stock (chair),

            John Godfrey,

            Melanie Marshall,