MA Community Music

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Andrew Jordan, Graduate MA Community Music

“My name is Andrew Jordan and I graduated from the Irish World Academy with an M.A. in Community Music in 2012.  Having previously completed a degree in Social Care I gained amazing experiences working in a variety of settings from child care, mental health, the homeless services, to working for many years with people with disabilities.  Aside from my work in social care I have always played music.  For me music is much more than a hobby it is part of who I am and has played a very important role in my life.  I was fortunate to have had some amazing personal experiences of music making having played the trumpet in bands for most of my life.  Throughout my experiences of music and social care I recognized the connection between working with some of the most vulnerable people in our society and the positive experiences and skills music can provide.  For this reason, I wanted to combine my work in social care with music.

Having researched and explored many different programmes I felt that the M.A. in Community Music provided a natural link between my background as a social care worker and my experience of music.  I feel the course provided me with the practical skills and applications needed to take my knowledge of music and social care together to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  The course provided the opportunity to reflect and explore the skills I already had and to develop the ones I felt I needed.

Since completing the course I have been able to develop and expand the work I do as co-director of the Redemptorist Centre of Music, Limerick City.  The Redemptorist Centre of Music is a centre that provides people of all backgrounds access to music through a variety of different approaches and contexts.  To date we work with almost 500 people on a weekly basis from our programmes for toddlers to our groups for older adults. Along with my practical work in community music I am also in the process of completing a PhD examining the work of Music Generation in Limerick City and exploring the ways in which music can be used as a tool for social change.  Community Music has really provided a structure for how I view music, I feel it is a constantly developing area and one I am very proud to be part of. I would highly recommend the M.A. in Community Music programme!”

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