Lorraine O Connell

A lecturer and coordinator of Musicianship at TU Dublin Conservatoire, Lorraine is also an experienced secondary school teacher and choral conductor. She studied for two years at the Kodály Institute, Kecskemét where she began her work in applying Kodály’s pedagogical principles to the Irish curriculum under the direction of Professors Ildikó Herboly-Kocsár and Sarolta Platthy. After returning to Ireland, she continued this work as part of her doctoral studies which centred on the development of a programme for teaching the prescribed Junior Certificate Music curriculum (lower secondary school) inspired by Kodály’s principles. More recently, she has been involved in developing a musically active Musicianship programme based on Kodály’s pedagogical approach with the Conservatoire. She also lectures in Music Pedagogy for both classroom and instrumental teachers.

Lorraine has presented at numerous Kodály courses in Ireland and also overseas including at the International Summer Course in Kecskemét (2011) and at the International Kodály Symposium, Edinburgh, 2015. She has also been involved with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath in training musicians to develop and teach Kodály-based music programmes in primary schools.

Currently, Lorraine is the treasurer of the Kodály Society of Ireland, a founding member and Chairperson of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI), and is the Ireland representative for the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS).