Primary Department
School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
John O'Flynn
Phone number: 01 700
All Hallows Campus
Room Number
AHC S209

Academic biography

John O'Flynn is Associate Professor of Music at DCU where he teaches courses in popular music, film music, music sociology, intercultural music transmission, choral and group performance, and solfege/musical techniques, and also supervises student research to doctoral level. Between 1999-2008 he was lecturer in music at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, and from 2008-2016 he was senior lecturer and Head of Music at St Patrick's College, DCU. He was programme leader for BA Music and directed the MA in Music at DCU from 2016-2020. He is recipient of  research fellowships from The Irish Research Council (2008), An Foras Feasa (2011) and St Patrick's College (2015), and of awards for excellence in teaching and learning from Mary Immaculate College (2007) and the Shannon Consortium of HE institutions (2008). He is currently President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2021-2024), was founding chair of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (2010-2014), and served on the Council of Heads of Music in Higher Education (2008-2021) in various roles, including chair. He is a long-serving member of the international editorial board of Music Education Research, a recently appointed advisory board member for both Irish Musical Studies and Performance Research Ireland and general editor for the forthcoming book series Studies in Irish Music Education

To date he has six book publications and has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries. As research supervisor/mentor he is involved with several externally funded postgraduate and postdoctoral  projects (EI, IRC, MSCA). He has delivered keynote addresses and conference papers in Europe, the Americas and Asia, has acted as external examiner for several institutions in Ireland and the UK, and regularly carries out academic review work for Irish, UK and EU agencies.

He manages and promotes concerts at DCU, including the Lunchtime Concert Series and the annual Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival. He is also active as a choral conductor and baritone recitalist. 

Research interests

Research interests include film music, the sociology of music, popular music, contemporary genres/practices of music in Ireland, intercultural music, music and identity, vocal and choral music, music ethnography, music and tourism, and music in higher education.

He is currently leading the applied musicology project www.bridgingmusicalknowledge.com, and was Principal Investigator for Mapping Popular Music in Dublin, 2015-16 ,funded by Fáilte Ireland (Irish Tourism). Earlier book publications include the monograph The Irishness of Irish music (Ashgate/Routledge 2009/2017) and the edited volume Music and Identity in Ireland (with Mark Fitzgerald; Asghate/Routledge 2014/2016). In 2012 he co-edited a special issue on higher music education for Music Education Research (with Stephen Broad, Royal Scottish Conservatory). He has presented conference papers and keynote addresses in Ireland, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, UK and US. In July 2004 he convened the biennial conference of the UK and Ireland branch of IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music), and in July 2009 he chaired the 6th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education in Limerick. He also chaired the high profile Music Education Gathering in Dublin 2013 leading to the forthcoming book series Studies in Irish Music Education for which he is series editor.  In 2016 he chaired the 14th Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) at DCU, and is a member of the organising and programme committee for the joint SMI/ICTM (Ireland) Postgraduate Conference at DCU in January 2022. 

Recent publications include the monograph Music, the Moving Image and Ireland, 1897-2017 (Routledge, 2021), the co-edited books Ceol Phádraig: Music at St Patrick's College, 1875-2016  (with John Buckley; Peter Lang, 2019) and Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music (with Áine Mangaoang and Lonán Ó Briain; Routledge, 2020), a chapter on Dublin popular music scenes in Geographically Isolated and Peripheral Music Scenes: Global Insights and Perspectives (ed. C. Ballico; Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), and a chapter on social media, diaspora and musical belonging in the Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning (eds. J. Waldron, S. Horsley & K. Veblen; OUP, 2020). 

Associated Postdoctoral Fellows 
Dr Jelena Gligorijevic, 2022-2024 (MSCA)
Dr Stephen Millar, 2021-2023 (IRC)
Dr Kayla Rush, 2019-2022 (MSCA)
Dr Donal Fullam, 2020 (EI)
Dr Áine Mangaoang, 2015-2016 (Fáilte Ireland/Irish Tourism)

PhD Students and Graduates
Michael Young, 'A Comparative Study of the Musical Theatre Works of Jason Robert Brown' (2021-)

Solomon Gwerevende, 'The adaptive re-use of indigenous musical heritage in sustaining communities in Eastern Zimbabwe' (2020-), IRC GOI Postgraduate Scholar 

Aine Mulvey, 'Art Song and the Irish Literary Revival' (2016-2021 ), IRC GOI Postgraduate Scholar

Michelle Finnerty, 'Children's musical cultures in Ireland' (2011-2016)