The Drumcondra Music Education Conference

Music Challenges in the 21st Century

St Patrick's College Drumcondra September 28th and 29th 2001

a collaboration between

The Music Department of St Patrick's College and

FUAIM: The Association for the Promotion of Primary Level Music Education


Friday 28th presentation of papers


Room one

Room two






Registration and brief welcome (Coffee available)

1.30 – 2.45


Challenging Processes

Technological Challenges

Mary Lennon

Instrumental/Vocal music teacher education: challenges for the 21st Century

Paul Mc Gettrick

Bridging the arts-science/ divide: an examination of the challenges for music educators

Patricia Flynn

The eye and the ear a partnership in the musical mind

Sean Mac Liam

‘A Criteria Matrix for the Evaluation of Music Education Software: A Report of Research in Progress’. 






3.00 – 4.45

Composing Challenges

Challenging Connections

Siobhan Keane

The Write an Opera Project in a Special Education context

Assumpta Kerins

Beginning classroom music

Yvonne Higgins

The understanding of composing in international primary music curricula

Mary Stakelum

Knowledge, identity and the primary teacher

Anna-Marie Higgins

Can we leave our composing unplugged?

Regina Murphy

Authorship, advocacy and cultural identity in the partnership model of curriculum development


Break: Food is available locally in The Skylon Hotel, The Ivy Bar, Fagan's pub, Il Corvo restaurant, and the local Indian.

6.15 – 7.30

Curriculum Challenges

Special Challenges

Anitha Eriksson

How do we teach music in a religious context?

Tim Swingler

An overview of the educational and therapeutic applications of

the Soundbeam,.

Rosemary Warren

Music through the Reggio Emilia philosophy

Ann Mc Gough

Music in the lives of children with learning disabilities: empowering teachers and pupils through the revised music curriculum.

7.30 - 9.00


Panel Discussion: Meeting the challenges: future steps

John O Flynn

(Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick)

Niall Doyle

(Radio Teilifís Éireann)

Mary Manley

(San Carlo Senior School, Leixlip)

Lucy Champion (National Concert Hall)

Gary O Donnchadha (Department of Education and Science)



Wine reception





Saturday 29th workshops



Workshop 1 Saturday morning 9.00-10.15

Select 1, 2, 3

Carrie Maher: Music with Orff instruments


Patricia Flynn: Composing in the classroom


Cuco Castellanos: Let My Drum Talk!



Coffee 10.15-10.45
Display of music resources for schools


Workshop 2 Saturday morning 10.45-12.00

Select 1, 2, 3

Tim Swingler (UK): The Soundbeam


Mary Nugent: Irish music for listening and dancing


Cuco Castellanos: Let My Drum Talk!



Lunch with Lunch time concert 12.00-1.15


Workshop 3 Saturday afternoon 1.15-2.30pm

Select 1, 2, 3

Kalichi: Exploring music and dance


Carrie Maher: Music with Orff instruments


Tim Swingler (UK): The Soundbeam



Fuaim AGM 2.30-3.30pm


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