A Process of Change in the Teaching and Learning of Traditional Music Performance in Ennis, Co. Clare 1961-1980

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Presented at the Sixth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education. This paper addresses the emergence of the formalisation of the transmission of traditional music through educational means.

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Cotter, Geraldine July 2009.

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Abstract: Ennis, Co. Clare is now considered to be one of the principal strongholds of traditional Irish
music practice in the world. However prior to 1961, the music practice in the town appears to
have been limited to a few musicians, many of whom had roots in rural areas. A history of
unbroken effective teaching has contributed to this transformation since then. This paper
addresses the emergence of the formalisation of the transmission of traditional music through
educational means i.e. the setting up of the first institutionally led class in 17/4/1961. I will
examine the conditions which led to it; looking at the ideological foundations which
underpinned the introduction of this formal structure, focussing principally on the institutional
bodies through which it occurred; namely the Clare Vocational Education Committee and
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Since then there has been a steady increase in the number of and
the diversity of class contexts in order to meet the demands of growing student numbers and
the broader changes in society. I will trace the connections between it and subsequent classes
in Ennis and its hinterland, considering how it contributed to the reshaping of the identity of
Ennis, from being a place largely devoid of traditional music to becoming a place
internationally known and recognised as a major hub of the tradition.

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  • International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, July 5-9, 2009. Limerick, Ireland.

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Cotter, Geraldine. A Process of Change in the Teaching and Learning of Traditional Music Performance in Ennis, Co. Clare 1961-1980, paper, July 2009; Dublin, Ireland. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1390629/: accessed March 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Music.