Dr John O’Flynn, Principal Investigator
John is Senior Lecturer and Head of Music at St Patrick’s College, where he teaches courses on popular music, musical techniques, film music and performance. He was awarded a PhD by the University of London in 2004 for his ethnographic study of music events in Dublin and other locations across Ireland. He has contributed to international publications in the areas of national identity and music, popular music, and intercultural music education. His monograph The Irishness of Irish music (Ashgate) was published in 2009 and he is co-editor of Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond (Ashgate, 2014) with Dr Mark Fitzgerald, DIT, Conservatory of Music and Drama. He is a member of the editorial board of Music Education Research, and in 2012 co-edited a special issue of the journal on music in higher education with Dr Stephen Broad, Royal Scottish Conservatory of Music. More recently, in April 2015 his article ‘Strengthening choral community: The interaction of face-to-face and online activities amongst a college choir’ was published in The International Journal of Community Music.
He has been a steering group member of several national music development research projects, including Live Music in the Classroom (Sligo County Council/The Arts Council 2004) and Tiny Voices: An Early Years Music Research Report (Common Ground/ St Patrick’s College, 2013). John has given papers at numerous peer-reviewed conferences in Ireland and internationally. His most recent presentations were at the Music and the Moving Image Conference at NYU Steinhardt, New York in May 2015 and at the Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music at the University of Campinas, Brazil in July 2015. Current research projects include Mapping Popular Music in Dublin and the preparation of a monograph on music, the moving image and Ireland.