Department of Music, University College Cork

National Network

Music Building, Sunday’s Well Rd

00353 21 490 4535
Telephone (other)
00353 21 490 4530
00353 21 421 2507
Mobile Phone
00353 87 2388067 (Mel)
Organisation Type
Public Institution
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Others
  3. Research
  4. Youth and education
General Information
The Music Department of University College Cork has a reputation for innovative teaching programmes. Specialisms include traditional Irish music, jazz, experimental composition, film music and a new master’s degree in Ethnomusicology. It currently employs ten full time and four part-time teaching staff; all are active in their research fields. The department’s revenue funding comes (via the university) from the state. Individual projects receive support from a number of sources, including the Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Cork City Council. The department has exchange agreements with universities in the USA and Europe. Staff research interests generate many more informal international links.
Mission and Objectives

The Department of Music at UCC is committed to the cultivation of a dynamic learning community dedicated to an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of music. The Department of Music fosters a remarkably broad range of research, teaching, music performance, original composition and other examples of creativity. Through its programmes of international concert and music workshops, the department actively promotes the appreciation of cultural diversity within the city of Cork. Staff and students involved in research and performances around the world likewise use music to engage positively with other societies, opening a window on Irish and European culture.

Main Projects / Activities

Our primary purpose is education and research, but both staff and students are involved in smaller musical projects which either take them abroad, bring musicians to us, or teach music from around the world. We have strong connections with Indonesia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the USA and the Maghreb. Recent workshop/ performances involved North Indian musicians and African groups are also on our concert programme. In 2007 the department will be represented in Tlemcen, Algeria, where Irish traditional musicians will work with an Andalus ensemble. In March a contingent from Tlemcen and Oujda (Morocco), will come to Cork to perform and provide workshops.

Contact (1) Full Name
Mr. Mel Mercier (left 2016)
Head of the organisation
Dr. Paul Everett