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Ceol Phádraig

Music at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, 1875-2016


Edited By John Buckley and John O'Flynn

Since its foundation in 1875, the activities of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and its graduates have been closely woven into the educational and cultural fabric of Irish society. This volume charts how music and music education have fulfilled a major role throughout the history of the Dublin-based establishment that began as a teacher training college and later evolved into a college of education and liberal arts. Graduates of St Patrick’s College have taught hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pupils across the country, have made significant contributions to various facets of professional and amateur music activity, and have had an invaluable influence on the wellbeing of individuals, the development of communities and the advancement of the nation as a whole.

The book records and interprets key musical developments, appraises the work of major contributors, and captures the activities of students, staff and visiting musicians at St Patrick’s College up to its incorporation into Dublin City University in 2016. It represents a major scholarly work that details the progress of music at a university college in Ireland, and it is envisaged that its varied chapters and themes will evoke further memories and discussions among graduates of the College and others.

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Chapter Seven: The Kodály Connection (Yvonne Higgins)


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Chapter Seven: The Kodály Connection

Yvonne Higgins


This chapter traces the connections between the music department of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and the Zoltán Kodály Institute of Music Pedagogy in Kecskemét, Hungary. It describes how, initially, one lecturer’s interest in the Zoltán Kodály concept of music education, forged a relationship between the two institutions that spanned many years, impacting on music education in Ireland.

The chapter reports on the first and second International Zoltán Kodály Music Seminars hosted by the music department at St Patrick’s College during the 1980s and records the formation of the Irish Kodály Society following these seminars. Following a period when Kodály courses were held in the Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines, the chapter continues with a description of the Kodály Society of Ireland’s ‘Active Music-Making Summer Courses’ held at St Patrick’s College between 2009 and 2016. The remainder of the chapter discusses the impact of the Kodály approach to music education at St Patrick’s College and on the Irish primary music curriculum (1999). It recounts how students of the music department who, as a result of Kodály-related experiences during their formation as teachers, embarked upon studies at the Kodály Institute in Hungary before returning to lead and contribute in various roles to music education in Ireland and further afield.

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