EU Research Funding Award in Music

Music staff in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music have been awarded research funding through the Erasmus+ programme’s Strategic Partnerships in Response to Covid-19 scheme. Together with project leaders the Liszt Academy, Budapest, and partners Caprice Oy from Finland, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and Sing Ireland, the DCU team will undertake a project called ‘PRESTO: Practices and Resources for Equipping Schools to Teach Music Online’, under the Erasmus+ KA226 Digital Education Readiness strand. The project will develop multimedia resources for remote music teaching in the areas of classroom-based music, instrumental music, and choral music.

The DCU team comprises Dr Róisín Blunnie, Dr Seán Doherty, and Dr Barbara Dignam. They will focus on creating innovative resources and processes for aural and polyphonic skill development for choral conductors and singers; and on composing new choral music with learning resources suitable for remote use. The PRESTO project aims to provide digital solutions for educational, instrumental, and choral practitioners whose activities are affected by Covid-19 restrictions.