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Music Department


Bonn Uí Chadhain

Dr John O'Flynn, B.Ed. (NUI) Dip. Mus.Ed (Kodaly Institute) M.A. (London) Ph.D. (London)

John O'Flynn began his music studies at St Patrick's College and at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama. He continued with postgraduate studies at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary and at the University of London. John has many years' teaching experience at primary, conservatoire and university levels, has worked extensively for in-career music development, and has been centrally involved in advocacy for music education in Ireland. Between 1999-2008 he lectured in music at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick where he also directed a masters in music education. He was recipient of a Government of Ireland IRCHSS fellowship in 2008, and was awarded a research fellowship by An Foras Feasa (The Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions) during the spring semester of 2011.

Research interests include the sociology of music, music education practice, and contemporary genres/practices of music in Ireland. John has contributed to international publications in the areas of national identity and music, popular music, and intercultural music education. He recently completed the monograph The Irishness of Irish music (Ashgate, 2009) and is currently co-editing the book Music and Identity in Ireland with Dr Mark Fitzgerald, DIT, Conservatory of Music and Drama, as well as co-editing a special issue on higher music education for Music Education Research with Dr Stephen Broad, Royal Scottish Conservatory of Music. John has presented papers and keynote addresses at conferences in Ireland, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Greece, Hungary, Italy, UK and US. In July 2004 he convened the biennial conference of the UK and Ireland branch of IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music), and in July 2009 he chaired the 6th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education in Limerick. He is chairperson of the newly formed Society for Music Education in Ireland. Performance interests include singing/songwriting, choral direction and the production of opera for children.

Areas of teaching:
  • musical techniques
  • popular music
  • film music
  • music, human experience and culture
  • choral and instrumental ensembles
Research Students:
  • Mairéad Berrill (PhD) 'Group music-making in Irish Secondary Schools'
  • Michelle Finnerty (PhD) 'Children's musical cultures in Ireland' Co-supervision with Mel Mercier, University College Cork
  • Matteo Cullen (PhD) 'Irish rock music 1968-1978
  • Co-supervision with Dr Eugene O'Brien, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Selected Publications:
  • O'Flynn, J. 2011. Performance, transmission and identity amongst Ireland's new generation of traditional musicians. Learning, Teaching and Musical Identity: Voices from around the globe, ed. Lucy Green. University of Indiana Press, Bloomington, 252-266
  • O'Flynn, J. 2010. Review of Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy by Lucy Green, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Vol. 5, 105-109.
  • O'Flynn, J. 2009. The Irishness of Irish Music, Farnham, Surrey, Ashgate.
  • O'Flynn, J. 2008. An interpretation of Irish student teachers' understanding of multicultural/intercultural issues with specific reference to group compositions in music. Sociological Explorations: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, ed. B. Roberts, The Binder's Press, St John's, Newfoundland, 271-296.
  • O'Flynn, J. 2007. National Identity and Music in Transition: Issues of Authenticity in a Global Setting. Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Local and the Global, eds. Ian Biddle & Vanessa Knights. Ashgate, Aldershot, 19-38.
  • O'Flynn, J. 2006. Vernacular Music-Making and Education. International Journal of Music Education, Vol. 24, No. 2, 140-147.
  • O'Flynn, J. 2005. Re-appraising Ideas of Musicality in Intercultural Contexts of Music Education. International Journal of Music Education, Vol. 23, No. 3, 191-203.
  • O'Flynn, J. 2005. A Critical Examination of the Idea of Bimusicality: Its Relevance to Music Education in Contemporary Irish Society. The Legacy of John Blacking: Essays on Music, Culture and Society, eds. Victoria Rogers and David Symons. University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, WA, 192-206.
  • O'Flynn, J. 2005. Ireland, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Irish Diaspora. Continuum Encyclopaedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume Seven: Locations, eds. John Shepherd, David Horne and Dave Laing, 205-213, 213-214, 214-217, 217, 217-218, 218-220. Continuum Publishing, London.
  • O'Flynn, J. 2002. 'New Ways to Listen and Learn?' Some Challenges Presented by the Revised Music Curriculum for Primary Schools. Irish Educational Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2, 89-109, Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Dublin.

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