M.Ed, B.A., B. Mus., H.D.E., H.D.T.R.E., Dip.C.S.M
Jean Downey is the Course Director of the Professional Master of Education (Music), the Master in Education (Music) and the Master in Community Music programmes.
Jean received a B.A. (Music and Archaeology), B.Mus, H.D.T.R.E. (Religious Education) and H.D.E. from NUI, Cork; a Dip. C.S.M. in piano teaching from Cork Institute of Technology and an M.Ed from the University of Hull. Following
graduation Jean taught as a Post-Primary School Music Teacher and was a senior member of staff at Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Cork
From 1996 to 1998 Jean was employed by the In-Career Development Unit of the Department of Education and Science to assist in implementing the new Leaving Certificate Music programme and organising national in-service training for music teachers. She is Chief Advising Examiner for leaving Certificate Music at State Examinations Commission. She is an active member of Post-Primary Music Teachers’ Association where she established the the first New Music Teachers’ Forum. Jean has much experience as a Church Music Director, Conductor and Organist.
Jean continues to undertake doctoral research at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with Professor Mícheál Ó Suilleabháin and at the Institute of Education, University of London with Professor Graham Graham Welch. Her doctoral study involves research into the early professional development of the music teacher in the Republic of Ireland. Other research interests include creativity and assessment in music education and documenting community music practice in Ireland.
Room No: IW2.09,
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,