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The launch was adressed first by Professor Teresa O Doherty . She was followed by Ailbhe Kenny who spoke about the overall vision for the project to redress the 'disconnect' that exists in the whole business of music education.
Patricia Flynn of St Patrick's College Dublin, spoke about the specific aims of the website and the sections contained in it. The efforts of Eric Fitzgerald , music journalist in setting up the site were acknowledged. It is important to note that it is Irish Music Education in general and is not a genre specific website
The guest speaker was musician, broadcaster and promoter Gerry Godley who spoke about his own pathway to musicianship , some perspectives gleaned from a career in gig promotion and broadcasting with some musings on multiculturalism in performance .
This entertaining and thought provoking adress was followed by the dreaded audience participation number facilitated by composer Elaine Agnew who guided us through an extract from a performance piece 'The Great Learning' by Cardew which made it sound a rather more grand endeavour than it was. This was a bit outside my comfort zone, involving the group meandering around the room humming dislocated words according to a set of instructions printed on postcard but I appeared alone in my lethargy and there was no sloping off to giggle at the back of the class for this bunch of enthusiasts who tackled the assignmnent cheerfully . The clapping game was quite fun and made me nostalgic for those handslapping and skipping games of my Nintendo free youth. The meeting was closed by Michael Finneran, Dean of Arts and P.E at Mary I College.
I was a guest of MA student and fiddle player , Karen Vaughan from Clare . The many in attendance included Kathleen Turner , Education Officer with the ICO, Diane Donnelly and John Kelly musician and CEO of the ICO, Steve Hanks of the Limerick Jazz Soc. Jennifer Moroney Ward, organiser of the Leviathan Political Cabaret, Eric Fitzgerald , music journalist and blogger , Karen Franklin, Principal of Pallas Green NS , Jean Downey of UL , Gwen Moore and Gareth Cox of Mary I. College . One of the topics of conversation centred around new directives on improving literacy and there was some concern that these may impact on time available for music education.
(I had the most awful nightmare that night which involved a 5000 word essay assignment, missed deadlines and ponderous titles following my evening in the groves of Academe). Here's hoping the website will be the unifying force envisaged in Irish Education.