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Professor

Therese Smith

Professor
School of Music
01 716 8455
University College Dublin, School of Music, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

BIO

Thérèse Smith received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University, Rhode Island. She lived for 10 years in the U.S.A. studying, lecturing, and completing field work in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Rhode Island. Her research was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (Folk Arts Program), Mississippi Arts Commission (production costs and documentation for the LP Moving the Spirit: Music of Worship in Clear Creek, Mississippi), Charlotte E. Newcombe Foundation, Institute of Intercultural Studies, and Frances E. Harnish Foundation. She has been invited to give seminars and lectures at the universities of Alabama, California, Kentucky, Maine, and Rhode Island, and at the major universities in Ireland.She served as Hon. Secretary of the Cumann Cheol Tíre Éireann / Folk Music Society of Ireland from 1992 to 1997, is co-editor of Éigse Cheol Tíre and inaugural Chair of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland. Her 2004 book publication Let the church Sing! (University of Rochester Press) was nominated for the Alan P. Merriam prize, awarded for the most outstanding English-language monograph published in a given year. She served as Head of the UCD School of Music from 2008 to 2011, served as Deputy Head of School from 2005-8, and is currently serving as Deputy Head of School (2018-2021). She has served as external examiner for degree programmes at Queen's University Belfast, the University of Limerick, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, and Dublin City University/Mater Dei Institute.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Senior Lecturer
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2002 - 30 Dec 1999
  • University College, Dublin
    College Lecturer (tenured)1 Sep 1993 - 31 Aug 2002
  • Temporary College Lecturer
    University College, Dublin1 Sep 1991 - 31 Aug 1993
  • Assistant Professor
    Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me, Music1 Sep 1989 - 31 Aug 1991
  • Assistant Professor/Visiting Scholar
    Brown University, Music1 Sep 1988 - 31 Aug 1989
  • Teaching Fellow
    Brown University, Music1 Sep 1985 - 31 May 1986
  • Teaching Associate
    Brown University, Music1 Jan 1984 - 31 May 1984
  • Teaching Assistant
    Brown University, Music1 Sep 1982 - 31 May 1985
  • Secondary School Music Teacher
    St. Raphaela's Secondary School, Music1 Sep 1980 - 30 Jun 1981
  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2010 - 1 Jan 2016
  • Professor
    University College Dublin, Music, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2016
  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin, Music, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2010 - 1 Sep 2016
  • Professor
    University College Dublin, Music, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2016
  • Head of School
    University College Dublin, Music, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2008 - 31 Aug 2011

DEGREES

  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • BMus
    University College Dublin
  • Dip Music Teaching
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    Brown University RI
  • PhD
    Brown University RI

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Associate
    Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland1 Jul 1981
    Diploma in piano teaching.

LANGUAGES

  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • German
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Irish
    Can read, write, speak and understand