Our Research

The Conservatory has developed an active research profile in the areas of historical musicology, performance practice, pedagogy, source studies and composition.  Our staff and students produce a wealth of research outputs that make a significant contribution to our understanding and knowledge of the performing arts.  The diverse nature of the research and performance practice interests of the large staff at the Conservatory offers opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary research projects which are not available in smaller university departments.  The Conservatory has attracted several externally funded scholarships in recent years as well as being successful in attracting students who have been awarded internal DIT Scholarships. 

Research Foundation for Music in Ireland

The Conservatory has the largest music research department in Ireland, and we are home to the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland – the national centre of excellence for the study and performance of music in Ireland. 


You can access some of the Conservatory's research outputs via Arrow, here. 

O Cleirigh Institute

Strategic links were established with the O Cleirigh Institute at UCD in 2007 and the first event of the Louvain 400 programme was held in the Conservatory on 3 February 2007—Musical Journeys with the Flight of the Earls.

This symposium explored the historic background to the ‘Flight’, the musical culture in Ireland at the time and the musical experiences that the Earls would have encountered on their journey. It also explored how the ‘story’ has been recorded in poetry, drama and Irish traditional music. We had an excellent panel of speakers with a broad mix of disciplines and equally divided between those based at Irish and UK institutions. One of the papers will be published by Four Courts Press in Music and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (Irish Musical Studies, volume 10) ed. Barra Boydell and Kerry Houston.

For more information, contact
Dr Kerry Houston
Head of Academic Studies 
email:  kerry.houston@dit.ie
tel. +353 (0)1 402 3478