Pathways to Performance: An Exploration of Musical Growth in the Sociocultural Environment of East Galway

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Presented at the Sixth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education. This paper explores the musical reputation of a small area in the West or Ireland, East County Galway.

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Berrill, Mairéad July 2009.

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Presented at the Sixth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education. This paper explores the musical reputation of a small area in the West or Ireland, East County Galway.

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Abstract: There is a popular perception that Ireland’s musical reputation is based principally on its
traditional music with other musical genres featuring to a lesser extent. This paper explores
the musical reputation of a small area in the West of Ireland, East County Galway. Focusing
on the emerging musical identities of 14 young Irish adults, it illustrates how the sociocultural
context of a particular learning environment can exert dynamic influences on pathways of
musical growth. The study is informed by accounts of musical learning ranging from preschool
to young adulthood stages and it is sited in primary and secondary level schools as
well as in the homes and the local communities. This emerging empirical data is linked with
historical perspectives and methods of learning distinctive to the East Galway area. Also
included are findings that suggest that musical development is enriched when learning
systems used in this traditional culture integrate with other methodologies, both formal and
informal. The paper will conclude with a proposed construct of a musical identity specific to
the East Galway region.

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

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  • Publication Title: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education

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  • July 2009

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Berrill, Mairéad. Pathways to Performance: An Exploration of Musical Growth in the Sociocultural Environment of East Galway, paper, July 2009; Dublin, Ireland. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1390635/: accessed March 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Music.