RIAM Research Strands

Living Music

We believe that the creation and performance of new music is vital to the future of the music profession. The experience of composing and performing music is enriched by a deep understanding of the creative process.

Our vision is that the RIAM will be a home of musical innovation and creativity. Our students will be encouraged to engage in creative music-making, to study and perform contemporary repertoire, to reflect on the creative process, and to bring fresh perspectives to the presentation of new music and the cultivation of new audiences.

The Living Music research strand will bring composition, performance and research together, exploring themes such as:

  • Contemporary music in Ireland
  • The living composer
  • Continuity and innovation
  • Inspiration and creativity
  • Reimagining and reinventing
  • The collaborative process
  • Cultural exchange
  • Music and technology
  • New music, new audiences


Rediscover, Recreate

We believe that the experience of performing music from past centuries is enriched by a deep understanding of historical context, performance practice, theory, analysis and aesthetics.

Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin and a vital part of the city’s musical life since 1848, the RIAM has made a valuable contribution to the musical heritage of Dublin. Our mission is to preserve and build on that legacy. During their studies, our students will be given the opportunity to engage in research which illuminates practice and will have access to specialist teachers and researchers who will bring the music of the past to life.

The Rediscover, Recreate research strand will revive and celebrate the past, exploring themes such as:

  • Historically-informed performance practice
  • Rediscovered repertoire
  • Ireland’s musical history
  • Musical connections (Ireland’s place in the world)
  • The social and historical contexts of musical works and events
  • The Special Collections of the RIAM Library