Gwen Moore B.Mus.Ed., (TCD), M.A. Mus.Ed.(UL), Ph.D (University of London), ALCM, GRIAM (Guitar Performance)
Director of Teaching & Learning, Senior Lecturer, Music Education
Programme Leader, MAMusicEducation.aspx watch We are all Musical
Gwen holds a Bachelor in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin, a MA in Music Education from University of Limerick and a PhD in Music Education from the Institute of Education, University College London. Gwen is Director of Teaching and Learning at MIC. She was Chair of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (www.smei.ie) from 2013-2017 and a member of the ISME National Affiliate Council (2016-2017). Prior to her appointment at MIC in 2006, Gwen taught music and guitar at primary, secondary and higher levels of education. In 1999, she devised and presented her own guitar tuition series for RTE television EZ Guitar and composed and performed the theme music 'Catalonia' that accompanied the series. In 2010 and again in 2014, Gwen was a finalist in the Shannon Consortium Award for Excellence in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed Primary, Music Education)
Professional Master of Education (PME Primary, Music Education)
M.A. in Music Education (Programme Leader); Structured PhD in Education
Research Interests include: Teaching and Learning; Higher Education; Music Learning and Teaching; Unequal opportunity in music education; Music at Leaving Certificate level; Ideology, musical value and musical knowledge; Social reproduction and music education; Primary teachers’ perceptions of musical ability; Multicultural music education; Informal learning in music education; Music education advocacy; Popular musicians' beliefs about music learning and teaching;
Current Research Projects
- Music in Initial Teacher Education: A Study of Provision, Attitudes and Values (with John O'Flynn, DCU & Northern Partners, Frances Burgess & Jayne Moore, Stranmillis UC (Funded by the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South SCoTENS)
- Musical Futures Ireland: Establishing a Network and Pilot Study (Funded by the Irish Research Council, New Foundations Scheme)
- Investigating the Attitudes, Values and Beliefs of Popular Musicians to Music Learning and Teaching in Ireland (MIC Seed Funding, Round 2 2015)
Editing & Reviewer Activity
International Journal of Music Education, International Editorial Board
Studies in Irish Music Education, Editorial Board
Popular Musics Matter: Social, Political and Cultural Interventions, Editorial Board
London Review of Education
Irish Educational Studies
British Journal of Music Education
Music, Technology, Education
Moore, G. & Green. L. (in press) ‘Sociology and Music Education’. In Dartsch, M., Knigge, J., Niessen, A., Platz, F., and Stoger, C. (Ed) German Handbook on Music Education. Walser Publications.
Moore, G. (forthcoming) 'Bread and Roses': A song of social protest or hollowed out resistance? In Power, M., Devereux, E., Dillane, A., Haynes, A. Songs of Social Protest. London: Rowman and Littlefield.
Moore, G. (2015). The Changing Landscape of Irish Higher Music Education: Findings from Policy and Practice. Technical Report. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1182.1608·
Moore, G. (2016) Our Many Possible Selves in Music, Journal of Music in Ireland, http://journalofmusic.com/author/gwen-moore
Moore G The Changing Landscape of Irish Higher Music Education.pdf
Moore, G. (2014). Mind the gap: privileging epistemic access to knowledge in the transition from Leaving Certificate music to higher education, Irish Educational Studies, Vol: 33: 3, 249-268.
Moore, G. (2012) ‘Tristan chords and random scores’: exploring undergraduate students' experiences of music in higher education through the lens of Bourdieu’ Music Education Research, Vol 14:1, 63-78.
Moore, G. (2011) ‘Socio-cultural perspectives on multicultural music education: reappraising the content of music curricula’, in O’Flynn, J. (Ed). Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, Mary Immaculate College, 5 – 9 July 2009.
Moore, G and Kenny, A. (2011) Sing out with Strings Evaluation Report, commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, University of Limerick
Moore, G. & Quinn, M. (2017) Musical Futures in Ireland: Implications for Policy and Practice', 7th Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, 10-11 November 2017, Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Moore, G. (2017) Musical Futures in Ireland: Findings from a Pilot Study, European Association for Music in Schools Conference, Salzburg, 11-14 Apri 2017.
Moore, G. (2016) Popular Musicians' Attitudes, Values and Beliefs about Music Learning and Teaching in Ireland. 32nd International World Conference on Music Education. Glasgow, 25-29 July 2016.
Moore, G. (2015) What Counts as Knowledge in Higher Music Education? Problematising Cultural Capital, Curriculum and Education Policy in the Neoliberal Era', 9th Research in Music Education International Conference, University of Exeter, 7-11 April 2015.
Moore, G. (2015) The Changing Landscape of Irish Higher Music Education: Findings from Policy and Practice, Symposium on Music in Higher Education, 1 April, the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.
Keynote Address: Moore, G. (2013) ‘From MEND to Trend: exploring student and lecturer perceptions of knowledge in Irish Higher Music Education.15th Music Research Colloquium, Dundalk Institute of Technology, 17th December 2013.
Moore, G. (2013) Unequal access and opportunity in Irish higher music education: implications for policy and practice. 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland. St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, November 1-3.
Moore, G. (2013) Musical value, the curriculum and higher music education: investigating student and lecturer conceptions of knowledge at undergraduate level. 11th Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland Annual conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 21-23 June 2013.
Moore, G. (2013) Musical Value and the De-Valuing of Music: Exploring Student and Lecturer Perceptions of Knowledge in Higher Music Education. 8th Research in Music Education Conference, University of Exeter, UK 9-13 April 2013.
Moore, G. (2013) Mind the gap: investigating conceptions of curriculum and knowledge in the transition from Leaving Certificate to Higher Music Education. Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Radisson Hotel, Limerick, 21-23 March 2013.
Leavy, A., Hourigan, M., Moore, G, O’Sullivan, C.; Devaney, E. (2013) Fusing Content and Pedagogy: Facilitating the growth of Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Pre-Service Teacher Education. Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Radisson Hotel, Limerick, 21-23 March 2013.
Moore, G. (2012) ‘Bête Noire’? Exploring the Continuum from Leaving Certificate Music to Higher Education. 10th Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Dundalk Institute of Technology, 15-17 June 2012.
Guest Speaker: Conversations in the Consortium, University of Limerick, October 2010. Moore, G. 2010. Experiential Learning: Challenging students’ self-perceptions of their ability as learners and teachers.
Moore, G. (2010) “I’m not musical”: Tracking primary student teachers’ perceptions of their musicality within initial teacher education. Society for Musicology in Ireland Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Derry, 7 – 9 May 2010.
Moore, G. (2010) ‘Exploring the social reproduction of musical value and unequal musical opportunity in higher education. Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Dundalk, 25 – 27 March 2010.
Moore, G. (2009) Socio-cultural perspectives on multicultural music education: reappraising the content of music curricula, 6th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, Mary Immaculate College, 5 – 9 July 2009.
Moore, G. (2009) Western classical music and music education in Ireland: harmony or hegemony?, 6th Research in Music Education Conference, University of Exeter, UK, 14 – 18 April 2009.
Moore, G. (2007) Multicultural music education and second level education. Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Cavan, Ireland, 13 April 2007.
Moore, G. (2006) Multicultural music in education: Experiences and attitudes of second level teachers. Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 4 – 6 May 2006.
Current Research Postgraduate Students
Aisling Beecher (PhD) with T.J. Ó Cealliagh & Fiodhna Gardiner Hyland; Music Education, Literacy and the Infant Classroom.
Aoife Chawke (MA by Research) Pedagogical approaches in piano: An investigation into their role in students’ perceived learning experience and skill attainment
Taught Postgraduate Students
2017. Kate Hurley (MA) Extra-curricular Participation in a Primary School Choir: Exploring Children's Social, Emotional and Musical Development in a DEIS Context.
2017. Orla McEvoy (MA) Musical Routines: Promoting positive Behaviour, a sense of Time, and Motivation for Learning in an Infant Classroom.
2017. Fergal Moore (MA) Investigating Student and Teacher Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Performance Strand of Junior Cycle Music.
2017. Shane Cunniffe (MA) Assessing Performance in Junior Cycle Music: Investigating the Influence of Teachers' Backgrounds and Experiences on the Teaching and Assessment of the Performance Strand.
2016. Ivan O'Connor (MA) Investigating the Attitudes, Values and Experiences of Primary Teachers in Middle and Senior Classes towards Popular Music.
2016. Stephen Massey (MA) A qualitative enquiry exploring the expectations, needs and experiences of adults engaged in formal music education in Limerick City.
2016. Tyler Johnson (MA) Undergraduate and postgraduate students' experiences of extra-curricular music learning.
2015. Shauna McCullough (MA) Teaching and Learning in the Group Instrumental Lesson: An Exploration of the Irish Context'.
2015. Alison Looney (MA) Perceptions of Gender Stereotypes and Instruments in an Irish Concert Band.
2013. Michelle Creed (MA) An investigation of the impact of social and cultural influences on students’ expectations, attitudes and experiences of second level music education
2012. Shane Greene (M.Ed) Exploring the goals of the National Children’s Strategy: our Children-Their Lives(2000) through the implementation of a choral music-making project at primary level.
2012. Ciara Doyle (MA) Primary Teachers’ experiences of and attitudes to multicultural music education: a case study of urban and rural contexts.
2012. Karen Vaughan (MA) Exploring the teaching and learning of Irish Traditional Music and web-based technology in a disadvantaged primary school context.
2006. Carmel Thynne (M.Ed) Exploring the value of music technology in the Irish primary school on music education and practice: A case study.
Professional/Learned Society Roles
- Chairperson, Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI) 2013 -
- ISME National Affiliate Council Member (representing Ireland, 2016 -)
- Member of Council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2009-2012)
- Member of Academic Council - Mary Immaculate College (2010-2012; 2016 -)
- International Society for Music Education (ISME)
- Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)
- All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE)
MUSIC LEADERSHIP AND PERFORMING EXPERIENCE
- 2017 Limerick Jazz Workshop Member
- 2014 - Adjudicator, Christopher Lynch Singing Bursary, Limerick
2011 Adjudicator, Limerick Choral Festival, March 2011.
2010 Musical Director, MIC Choral Society
2008 Arranger and Performer ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ on The Gift of Life Project CD and Concert (featuring Anne O’Byrne and Nóirín ní Riain) at the University Concert Hall, Limerick (November 2008). Available to listen to onwww.myspace.com/gwenannemoore
2004 Arranger and Performer on Modern Languages in Primary Schools CD (Italian).
2001 – 2012 Resident Musician at Dromoland Castle Hotel, Co. Clare performing for guests such as President George Bush, John Travolta and Russell Crowe.
1999 TV Presenter, Writer, Presenter and Co-Producer of E Z Guitar television series for RTE Education. Composer of the theme music Catalonia to this series.
2016. 6th Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, 4-5 November 2016. Conference Committeee.
2016. Musical Futures in Ireland: An Approach to Teaching and Learning, Mary Immaculate College, 18 June 2016. Organiser.
2015. 'Artbeat': A Symposium on Artists in Residence in Higher Education, Mary Immaculate College, 24 March 2015. Symposium Committee.
2015. Symposium on Music in Higher Education: Challenges, Possibilities and Future Directions, The Long Room Hub, TCD, 1 April 2015. Symposium Organiser
2015. 5th Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin St, Dublin. Conference Committee.
2014. 4th Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, CIT Cork School of Music, 5-7 November 2015. Conference Committee.
2012. 2nd Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, Mary Immaculate College, 9-11 November 2012. Conference Committee Chair
2011. 1st Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, University College Cork, 9-11 November 2011. Conference Committee.
2009. 6th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, Mary Immaculate College, 5 – 9 July 2009. Convener.