Mary I hosts music education conference

A HOST of musicians, music educators and students gathered together in Mary Immaculate College recently for the second annual conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland.

A HOST of musicians, music educators and students gathered together in Mary Immaculate College recently for the second annual conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland.

Through a variety of paper, poster and workshop presentations, the SMEI conference provides a forum whereby members can discuss issues of common concern, identify areas of common practice and share information on topics of mutual interest.

The event also featured a suite of performances from local Limerick music education initiatives such as the County Limerick Youth Choir, the Village Singers, Castleconnell, Limerick School of Music and the Limerick Jazz Workshop.

Professor Margaret Barrett, president of the International Society for Music Education, focused on nurturing children’s creative processes in early childhood music-making in her keynote address.

Following the keynote address, conference delegates, students and the president and vice-president of the Student’s Union at MIC participated in an exhilarating samba drumming workshop led by SMEI committee member, Simeon Smith.

The conference concluded with a performance by Limerick Jazz Workshop, whose chairperson, John Daly, said: “It’s great to see music education in Limerick and the work that happens in the jazz workshop highlighted in this way and we are delighted to be taking part in the conference”.

Gwen Moore, lecturer in music education in MIC and co-organiser, said that the feedback from delegates who attended the conference showed that they were “impressed by by MIC’s facilities and the warm hospitality extended to them”.