Musical Training

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Here’s a summary of my musical training from an early age.

Daniel and Anne McNulty – Under the tutilege of the aforementioned teachers, I was in the Austin Boys choir as Soprano, then Alto from 1987 up to 1994. Here the choir sang every Sunday at Mass in St. John’s Lane Church in Dublin. In my Iater years there I was also singing at weddings as part of a four-part choir ensemble. We also appeared on the Late Late Christmas Show, as well as televised masses in RTE studios. On another occasion we sang at Áras an Úachtarán (the President of Ireland’s Residence). Here is some more information on Daniel McNulty.

Templeogue College Concert Band – I played trombone here from 1993 -1998, during which time I won the Best Band Member Award, and played many outdoor public and private concerts. We also travelled to Boston and New York in 1996 to play in joint concerts with two American schools.

Piano – I received private piano lessons from Ms. Katherine M. Louden for ten years from the age of 7 to 18.

Guitar – I received three years of guitar lessons from different teachers, starting at the age of 14, during which time I sat one Classical guitar exam, in which I scored a Distinction. I have been playing guitar ever since, and am mostly self-taught.

Compositions – Since the age of 18 I have been steadily composing songs and music. My style of composition is mixed: I am interested in all types of musics, especially experimental ones. Thus new sounds and more complex rhythms and time signatures in music are what drive my imagination when composing.

University – I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and French in 2004. I have also completed with Honours a Master’s Degree in Musicology/Ethnomusicology in University College Dublin in 2006. My dissertation subject was computer game music and it’s varying functions. This is a subject which is only now coming to the fore in many studies. The dissertation is available to read and listen to on my Literature page.

Other Courses – I have completed the Music for the Media course through the London College of Creative Studies, and have also completed a summer course in composition for String Quartet in NUI Maynooth under Martin O’ Leary, Kevin O’ Connell and John McLachlan.

Personal – I collect musical instruments from varying cultures. I have a large interest in ethnomusicology and wrote a project for my ethnomusicology course on Chinese performance practice of the Guzheng in Ireland. I am also an active member of the Society of Musicology in Ireland. (SMI’s website)