'If we teach it will they come?'
50 years ago, degrees in Jazz performance didn't exist - you just got out there and did it. Now, the number of third level institutions offering degree courses in jazz and improvisation is large and growing, both internationally and here in Ireland. We have assembled an A Team of musicians and educators to examine the advantages, nessessity, demand for, and accessebility of such education.
The discussion will be mediated by musician and broadcaster Ellen Cranitch. Ellen taught a third level world Music module for ten years at Newpark Music Centre. She was a founding director of Music Generation, served as a Governor of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and is currently the chair of The Association of Independent Radio Producers Ireland.
Grammy Award winner, Bill Whelan is one of Ireland's best known musicians and composers. His legendary Riverdance has been selling out worldwide since 1995, and he has produced and played with U2, Van Morrison, Planxty, and Kate Bush amongst many others. He has a keen interest in music education, and sits on the boards of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Music Generation, University of Limerick Foundation, Crash Ensemble, and the Irish Traditional Music Archive.
Appointed Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in October 2010, DeboraKelleher has played an integral role in the strategic development of Ireland's oldest music conservatoire. During her time, she has overseen the establishment of associations with Trinity College, the Juilliard School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Liszt Academy, Hungary. Deborah is Vice-President of the Association of European Conservatoires, an umbrella group which represents over 300 conservatoires in Europe, the United States and Asia. She holds Masters degrees in Music, musicology, and business administration, and is recognised as one of Ireland's finest pianists of her generation. She is a member of the board of Raidió Teilifís Éireann, and has served on the Arts Council's Peer Review Panel.
A native of Cork, Eve Kelly holds BSc and BMus degrees from UCC and an MPhil by research from the University of London. She is an experienced music educator at every level. From 1990 until 2010 she was Director of Ireland's Contemporary Music Centre, working with the country's leading composers, performers and arts agencies and played a key role in developing the profile of contemporary Irish music at home and internationally. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London), an honorary member and former board member of the International Association of Music Information Centres, a former visiting research fellow at the University of the Arts, London, and was adjunct professor of musicology at University College Dublin from 2011 to 2013. She is the Support and Development Manager with Music Generation, Ireland's National Music Education Programme.
Jack Talty is a traditional musician, composer, producer and educator. He has played and toured internationally with many world class musicians, including Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Noel Hill, Tommy Peoples, The RTECO, and many more. Multi award winning, he founded the ground breaking group, Ensemble Eriu, with Neil O'Loghlen in 2011. He is currently finalising his PhD, examinig the institutionalistion of Irish Traditional msuic in Irish higher education. He is an in-demand teacher of concertina, and is the education officer with ICTM Ireland.
Ronan Guilfoyle has been a major figure on the Irish Jazz scene since he began his career in the early 1980s as a bassist with Louis Stewart. He has an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer, and has composed extensively for solo, chamber, orchestra and jazz ensembles worldwide. He founded the jazz department at Newpark Jazz Music Centre in Dublin and this years sees the establishment of this dept within Dublin City Universtiy. He has been invited as a guest lecturer to many international institutions,including Berklee, the Royal Academy of Music London, and the International Music Congress ( UNESCO).