Erasmus Intensive Programme in Music

Students and staff from Artesis University College, Antwerp and Stord Haugesund University College, Stord arrived for a two-week Erasmus Intensive Programme hosted by the Section of Music commencing on 13th February 2012. The group were welcomed by Dr Gerard Bob McKiernan, Head of School of Informatics and Creative Arts, Adele Commins, Head of Section of Music and Noreen Carney, Erasmus Co-Ordinator.

Entitled 'Creative Aesthetic Learning Processes', over the two-week period students and staff from the two partner institutions are working with students and staff from the Section of Music at DkIT to participate in a series of multi-disciplinary workshops including improvisation, sound, film, drama, creative practices, art, song and dance. Lecturers from DkIT teaching on the programme include Niall Coghlan, Anthony Norton, Daithi Kearney, Fiachra O Cuinneagáin, David Stalling and Adele Commins. Focusing on a strong multi-disciplinary approach the programme aims to foster the interaction of students from different academic disciplines and promote multinational teaching of specialist topics. Some of the activities involve the Carroll Art Collection housed in the Carroll Building while other activities draw on the rich cultural and historical tradition of the region of Oriel.

Over the two-week period there is a strong focus on traditional music and dance with students learning the tin whistle and ceili dancing. On Friday last students visited Dublin and Belfast where they had to discover, experience, study and observe the development of innovative and culture-based practices. Students will visit local schools and community groups and share their experiences with the groups. While dissemination of the work will take many forms during the two-week period, the programme will conclude with a performance on Thursday 23rd February at 2.30pm in the MacAnna Theatre.

All are welcome to attend.