MARY Immaculate College (MIC) is taking the development of music education to a new level. The college will host the inaugural Music Generation Limerick City PhD Scholarship, to the value of €42,000 over a three-year period, representing the first doctoral research-study into any such programme in the country.
Music Generation Limerick City (MGLA), led by City of Limerick VEC with a range of local partners including the college, is one of nine areas in the country currently selected for participation in the national music programme Music Generation.
Music Generation, which is funded by U2 and the Ireland Funds, helps children and young people access music education in their own locality by providing funding and support to Music Education Partnerships.
The prestigious scholarship will provide funding for a three-year full-time PhD at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), where the scholar will study the implementation and delivery of the MGLC programme, with a particular focus on music programmes within areas of social regeneration. The findings of the research will inform the policies and practices of music education in regeneration areas within the context of national and international developments.
Speaking of the research aims, Dr Ailbhe Kenny, lecturer in Music Education at MIC and committee member of MGLC said, “This scholarship forms a crucial part of Music Generation Limerick City in providing a rigorous approach to research and evaluation of the programme over three years. This research also addresses a knowledge gap into the role of music within regeneration communities which is severely lacking nationally”.
According to Professor Jim Deegan, head of Graduate School at MIC, “The Music Generation Limerick City PhD Scholarship is another wonderful example of the tightly-braided bonds between the college and the city and it is especially welcome as part of the useful, meaningful and exciting developments being generated in the context of Limerick City of Culture”.
“This scholarship also extends and elaborates the responsive and relevant portfolio of postgraduate funding opportunities in Mary Immaculate College,” he added.
Paul Patton, CEO of City of Limerick VEC said, “It is fitting that music programmes and events offered by MGLC will be evaluated over the lifetime of this initiative, allowing not only ourselves, but also others, to learn from our experiences.”
For further detail on this scholarship and application details see www.mic.ul.ie/postgradstudies/prospectivestudents/Pages/MusicGenerationScholarship.aspx.