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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



Head of Music Education


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.


  • 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)



Module Code

Module Name




Music Education




Oideachas Ceoil




Music, Drama & Integrated Arts




Music, Drama & Integrated Arts


Publications and other outputs


Book Chapters

Flannery, M & Nugent, M. (2023, forthcoming) ‘Cranking’ Composing: Reflections on collaborative and integrated arts-based performances, In Jordon, D & O’Hanlon, J (Eds.) Arts Education in Ireland: From Pedagogy to Practice.

Nuinseann, M. (2022). C.M. Dunne & Whelton, M (Eds.), Oide na Ceirde (pp.83-85). Réalta an Deiscirt ISBN 978-0-9933176-9-9.

Nugent, M. (2013). Tin Whistle. In H. White  & B. Boydell (Eds.), The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (pp. 987-989). UCD Press. https://www.ucdpress.ie/display.asp?isbn=9781906359782

Nugent, M. (2013). Competitions: traditional music. In H. White  & B. Boydell (Eds.), The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (pp. 225-226). UCD Press. https://www.ucdpress.ie/display.asp?isbn=9781906359782


Journal Articles

Flannery, M., Nugent, M., Burgess, F., & Elliott, D. (2023 forthcoming). Evaluating Professional Learning From Integrated Arts Education Practices in Initial Teacher Education. Irish Journal of Education (IJE) (revised and with journal designer).



Nugent, M. (2018). Instrumental Music Learning in an Irish bimusical Context, [Doctoral Dissertation, Technological University Dublin], Conservatory of Music and Drama. https://arrow.tudublin.ie/appadoc/103/

Nugent, M. (2005). An Edition and Commentary of the Early Works of Isabella Leonarda (1620 – 1704). [Unpublished masters dissertation, The Queen’s University of Belfast].


Educational Resources

Beo Go Deo. (1996 - 2005). M. Nugent (Music Ed.), Teacher Books 1-8, Veritas. https://www.veritasbooksonline.com/school-beo-go-deo-618/

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (1998). A syllabus of Traditional Music Examination. Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) & Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann (CCE). (inaugural committee/board member)  https://comhaltas.ie/education/sct_exam/#history_of_the_sct_exams


Research Reports

O’Sullivan, C., Clotworthy, E., Nugent, M., Colleary, S., Keane, E., Piazzoli, E., Gubbins, E., Krakaur, L., Kerin, M., McCormick, S., & Heeran Flynn, L. (2023). Arts Alive: A literature review to support curriculum specification development for the area of Arts Education. NCCA.

Flannery, M., Nugent, M., Burgess, F., & Elliott, D. (2021). Paint: Self-study Research Investigating Possibilities and Pitfalls of Arts Integration. Trinity Access to Research Archive (TARA):  http://hdl.handle.net/2262/101830


Conference Contributions

Flannery, M., Nugent, M., Burgess, F., & Elliott, D.  (2024, forthcoming). Let’s get critical: Exploring critical reflection integration with integrated arts experiences in initial teacher education, accepted for 2024 the Americal Education Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 2024.

O’Sullivan, C. Clothworthy, E. Nuinseann, M. & Gubblins, E. (2023, March 22). Arts Education in the Redeveloped Primary School Curriculum [Conference session]. Reimagining Curriculum Seminar, NCCA.

Nugent, M., & Coady, R., (2022, April 7-9). How do we make music now? Embracing opportunities and mastering challenges of the COIVD-19 pandemic. [Paper presentation]. Education Studies Association of Ireland Conference (ESAI): Reconstructing Education: what matters?, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.

Nugent, M., Burgess, F., & Flannery, M. (2021, November). The PAINT project: Reflecting on integrated approaches to creative music teaching and learning in Initial Teacher Education. [Conference session]. Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI) Annual Conference.

Nugent, M. (2020, August 3-7). Reading the score: Critical, desirable, incidental?. In 34th World Conference on Music Education [online] (p. 349-359). Microsoft Word - Proceedings final draft_forSeptember_withFrontMatter.docx (researchgate.net)                                          

Flannery, F. & Nugent, M. (2019). “Cranking” composing: Reflecting on collaborative and Integrated Arts, [Conference Session]. National Arts in Education Portal Day 2019   https://artsineducation.ie/en/our-videos/

Nugent , M. (2019). Negotiating learning bimusically: social-cultural aspects and processes, [Conference session]. Mayday Group Colloquium31.

Nugent, M. (2019). Bimusical Learning: Idireatarthu, the best of both worlds? [Conference session]. 17th Annual Pleanary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland.   

Nugent, M. (2019). Perceptions, beliefs and practices of bimusical learners. [Guest Lecture]. Post-Graduate Performer Perspectives Lecture Series, TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Nugent, M. (2015). Life and Legacy of Katherine Mullally 1907-1994. [Winter school presentation]. The 3rd Annual Concertina Cruinniú, Oidhreacht and Chláir. 

Nugent, M. (2012). Between Worlds? Multi-musical practices among young musicians. ([Conference session]. Society of Musicology in Ireland (SMI) Postgraduate Students’ Conference, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Nugent, M. (2011). What Counts as Music Education? The Perspective of a Traditional Musician. [Conference proceedings]. The Voicing Conference 2011, St Patrick’s College, DCU. https://www.musicgeneration.ie/news/voicing-conference-what-counts-as-music-education

Nugent, M. (2010). A Survey of Teenage Irish traditional Musicians: Learning Contexts and Practices,. [Conference session]. The International Council for Traditional Music Ireland (ICTM) Annual Conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Nugent, M. (2010). Musical Practices among Irish Teenage traditional musicians. [Conference session]. Society of Musicology in Ireland (SMI) Postgraduate Students’ Conference, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Nugent, M. (2009). Music teaching and learning in a bi-cultural context. [Poster presentation]. The 6th International Research in Music Education Conference, University of Exeter, England.


Music Production

'Cuore Chamber Choir (2023). XVII rahvusvaheline hoorifestival (The 17th International Chorial Festival) Tallinn, Estonia.

Cuore Chamber Choir (2023). Feis Ceoil Prize winners Gala Concert , National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Cuore (2022). “Scéalta na Nollag” (Live & streamed Concert) St Andrews Church, Westland Row, D2.

Cuore’s “Scéalta Na Nollag”, St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin 2, December 17th, 2022

Movember Concert’, (On-line), November 29th, 2020

Ceilihouse from Marino, (in-house organizer) April 18th 2006 -2020

‘Cuore’ (chorister, guest festival choir) Zézere Festival, Portugal, 2019

Nugent, J. Stafford, B. Nugent, M. & O Donnell, S. (2017). Siamsaíocht @ 6! Le Gael Linn, Powercourt, Dublin ‘Modal Citizen’ Album lauch, Féile an Droichid, August 28th 2016 Belfast.

Fleadh TV & Geantraí @ Ennis All Ireland Fleadh, 2016, 2017

Nugent, J. Stafford, B. Nugent, M. & O Donnell, S. (2016). ‘Modal Citizen’ (Album lauch), Féile an Droichid, Belfast.

Marino Traditional House Band (2006 -present). Ceilihouse RTE1 Broadcast (in-house musical direction).


Other Outputs

Nugent, M. (2016). Kodaly Method in Practice: Its place in the Irish primary classroom. [lecture / workshop]. Kodaly Society of Ireland International Summer School, St.Patricks DCU.

Nugent, M. (2013). Irish traditional music Practices among bi-multi-musical teenagers. [Tower Seminar Series]. University of Limerick. https://www.ul.ie/research/publications/tower-seminar-series

Nugent, M. & Hegarty, P. (2006). Confirm us today. Veritas. https://www.veritasbooksonline.com/confirm-us-today-1847300170-21914/ 

Hegarty, P. & Nugent, M. (2000). Music to Honour God’s Name. Veritas. https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Patricia-Hegarty/dp/185390555

Beo Go Deo 1 (1996). Nugent (Ed), Double CD, Veritas. 

Beo Go Deo 2 (1997) Nugent (Ed), Double CD, Veritas 

Nuinseann, M. (1995). Ag Feadaíl go Fonnmhar, Bunscoil Phobal Feiriste, Belfast.

Nuinseann, M. (1994). Seinnfidh mé fonn cuid 1 & 2, Bunscoil Phobal Feiriste, Belfast.

Nuinseann, M. (1994). Ceol Na Nollag, Bunscoil Phobal Feiriste, Belfast.

Research/Professional Interests

Music education, Instrumental learning, Irish traditional arts, Integrated arts