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Research Strands

Singer and Recorder

Rediscover, Recreate

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 revives and celebrates 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
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Living Music 

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 brings 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
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Upbeat: Music, Health and Happiness 

Music contributes to the wellbeing of individuals, communities and society through experiences which are positive, enriching and life affirming.

The RIAM is committed to being a strong advocate for musicians’ health and wellbeing. We will foster and participate in research which explores the physical and psychological impacts of musical experiences and the therapeutic use of music.

The Upbeat research strand investigates issues around musicians’ health and the benefits of music, exploring themes such as:

  • Ageing and music
  • Music and wellbeing
  • Music therapy
  • Positive teaching
  • Inclusivity
  • Healthy practice
  • Performing with confidence
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Teaching Talent 

Music education should be learner centred, and grounded in positive learning experiences based on high quality music teaching.

Our aim is to engage in research which investigates teaching methods, in the first instance to re-evaluate and refresh established pedagogical methodology. Moving into new areas, our educational research will examine diverse profiles of learners and their situations, and will seek a means by which we can all thrive in a range of music education settings.

The Teaching Talent research strand considers all aspects of music teaching and learning, exploring themes such as:

  • Music teacher training
  • Co-teaching principles
  • Curricula design and delivery
  • Learner-centred assessment
  • Instrumental teaching in groups
  • Bringing improvisation to the classroom
  • Music education and special needs
  • Learning styles and learner experiences
  • Entrepreneurship training in the conservatoire