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School of Arts Education & Movement


Primary Department
School of Arts Education & Movement
Academic Staff
Dr Francis Ward
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
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Academic biography

Francis Ward is a music educator and ethnomusicologist based in the School of Arts Education and Movement, Institute of Education, Dublin City University.  His varied research interests include music education in formal, informal and non-formal learning contexts, technology in music education and online learning, music education and social inclusion, Irish traditional music and dance, and creative processes in music and dance.  In 2019-20 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar fellowship and spent six months at the School of Music at the University of Washington.  He completed his PhD studies at University of Limerick as an Irish Research Council scholar investigating the development of a virtual orality in the processes of transmission in Irish traditional music.  He has worked previously as lecturer in music and dance, lecturer in music and educational technologist at University of Limerick, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College respectively.  Francis is also a well-respected teacher, performer and composer/choreographer of Irish traditional music and dance.

Research interests

Initial Teacher EducationMusic in the Primary SchoolOnline and Blended Learning, Teacher IdentityVirtual Pedagogies
Informal and Non-Formal Music/Dance TransmissionCreativity, Embodiment in Irish traditional music and danceThe Representation of Oral Traditions on the InternetThe relationship between music/dance, teacher/practitioner/student, composer/choreographerEvolving Dance Education in IrelandThe Use of Music in Action-Orientated Language Learning