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Máire Nuinseann (Nugent) PhD

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01 805 7792
St Mary's, Room 218


Department of Arts, Mathematics, PE and Early Childhood


PhD, Music Education

MA, Renaissance Music

B.Ed, Music and Education

H Adv Dip Kodaly Institute

H Dip Special Education

LTCL, piano / Licentiate

ALCM (piano /diploma)

TTCT (Honorary)


Music Education (B.Ed. 1, 2, & 3), Oideachas Ceoil (B.Oid trí Mhéan na nGaeilge),

Music, Drama & Integrated Arts (ECE. 3) (PME 1 & 2)

Selected Conference Papers

Bimusical Learning: Idireatarthu, the best of both worlds? (June, 2019) 17th Annual Pleanary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland

Negotiating learning bimusically: social-cultural aspects and processes, (June, 2019) Mayday Group Colloquium 31.  (mayday312019@mic.ul.ie )

Reading the Score… Critical, desirable, incidental? (November, 2015) 5th Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI).

Between Worlds? Multi-musical practices among young musicians, (2012) SMI Postgraduate Students’ Conference, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

A Survey of Teenage Irish traditional Musicians: Learning Contexts and Practices, (2010) ICTM Ireland Annual Conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Musical Practices among Irish Teenage traditional musicians, (2010) SMI Postgraduate Students’ Conference, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Music teaching and learning in a bi-cultural context, (2009) 6th International Research in Music Education Conference, University of Exeter, England

Invited Presentations, Lectures & Workshops

2019 Perceptions, beliefs and practices of bimusical learners, Post-Graduate Performer Perspectives Lecture Series, TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

2016-17 Foundation level classes for students with Intellectual disability, (joint workshops with music therapist, Dr Josie Nugent), 44th & 45th Annual Scoil Éigse Summer School, Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann.

2016 Kodaly Method in Practice: Its place in the Irish primary classroom (lecture / workshop), Kodaly Society of Ireland International Summer School, DCU, Drumcondra.

2015 Life and Legacy of Katherine Mullally 1907-1994, 3rd Annual Concertina Cruinniú, Oidhreacht and Chláir, Clare Institute for Traditional Studies, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare.

2011 What Counts as Music Education? The Perspective of a Traditional   Musician, The Voicing Conference, St Patrick’s College, DCU.

2013 Irish traditional music Practices among bi-multi-musical teenagers Tower Seminar Series, University of Limerick.

2007 Formal, Non-formal and Informal Music Transmission, Master’s in music education lectures series, Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick.

2002-2010 Lectures in Irish traditional music (Academic Music), Patricks College of Education Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Research & Publications

Instrumental Music Learning in an Irish bimusical Context, (2018) unpublished PhD dissertation, Technological University Dublin, Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Competitions: traditional music, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, (2013) White & Boydell (Eds), UCD Press.

Tin Whistle, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, (2013) White & Boydell (Eds), UCD Press.

What Counts as Music Education? The Perspective of a Traditional Musician (2011), Proceedings of The Voicing Conference, St Patrick’s College, DCU.

Beo Go Deo leabhair & dluthdíoscaí 1-8: (1996 - 2005). Stiúrthoir ceoil, Cumadóir agus eagarthóir: Máire Nuinseann, Veritas, Dublin.

Music to Honour God’s Name (2000). Compiled by P.Hegarty and M. Nugent, Veritas, Dublin.

Confirm us today (2006). Compiled by M. Nugent and P. Hegarty, Veritas, Dublin.

A syllabus of Traditional Music Examination (1998) (committee/board member) Royal Irish Academy & Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann, Dublin

An Edition and Commentary of the Early Works of Isabella Leonarda (1620 – 1704), unpublished MA Thesis (1995) Mary Nugent, The Queens University of Belfast.

Seinnfidh mé fonn cuid 1 & 2, Ag Feadaíl go Fonnmhar, and Ceol Na Nollag, (1994 – 1995).  tutors devised for teaching Tinwhistle, Bunscoil Phobal Feiriste, Belfast.


Máire is Head of Music Education at Marino Institute (2002-to date) and lectures on Music and Integrated Arts modules on Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), B.Oid trí Mheán na Gaeilge, Early childhood Education (Sc.ECE) and Primary Masters in Education (PME). She is also involved in school and field placements, research supervision, as well as choral and instrumental music performance at the Institute.

Máire has had an eclectic career across music genres as a teacher, performer and academic. As a teacher / music mentor, she has worked in a variety of community contexts including diverse primary school, special needs and secondary school settings. In addition, she has worked as session musician, chorister / choral conductor and presenter at various festivals, performances and broadcasts. For many years, she taught and performed traditional flute at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Britany. She is a member of the renowned classical music choral group Cuore.  In the music educational sphere, she was musical director of the National schools programme Beo Go Deo (1996-2005). She recorded a traditional music album Hills and Hollows (2010) with Josie Nugent. Her research interests include: Music Teaching and learning, Instrumental Musical Learning, Choral studies, Teacher education, Curriculum and Assessment, Irish traditional music. Her PhD (2018) investigated Instrumental Music learning in an Irish Bimusical context.