Possible Selves in Music

Pioneering new research explores the transformational power of youth musical participation in Ireland.
08 Feb, 2017

A pioneering new approach to music education is proposed by research carried out in Ireland by Music Generation and St Patrick’s College Drumcondra.

A central concept of the two-year research partnership is that of possible selves in music. This concept ‘conveys the transformational potential for children and young people’s meaning-making experiences in music’ through different modes of musical participation in Ireland.

This research will be of significant interest to musicians, educators, policy-makers, youth workers, and national and local government agencies in Ireland and overseas.

A summary of the research is now available to download online.

The full research document is available to download here.

The Research Board

The Research Board for this landmark project comprised Dr Patricia Flynn (DCU/St Patrick’s College); Rosaleen Molloy (National Director, Music Generation); Prof Stephanie Pitts (University of Sheffield); and Prof Emer Smyth (ESRI). 

This research was made possible through the commitment and engagement of Music Generation's many partners, including the local Music Education Partnerships.

Music Generation

Music Generation seeks to transform the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality performance music education. Working through local Music Education Partnership, the programme provides children and young people with a multitude of different ways to engage with music.

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